Living the #dancerlife is no easy feat. Between daily technique classes, late night rehearsals and numerous side gigs to get the bills paid, dancers often don't prioritize self care. It may seem like the least important item on your never-ending to-do list, but it's vital to make time for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Ignoring basic needs can ultimately damage your technique and performance. We could all use some tips from these 10 professional dancers who know how to practice self love.


American Ballet Theatre principal Alban Lendorf won't deny himself some red wine and sorbet as a post-performance treat:


Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja can often be found lounging on the beach, like any true Miami girl:


Akua Noni Parker of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater spends quality time with her dad by going shopping for sunglasses:


Chloé Albaret of Nederlands Dans Theater takes time to step outside of the studio and enjoy nature:


Pacific Northwest Ballet corps de ballet dancers Elle Macy and Dylan Wald make time for hobbies, including painting:


Broadway's Thayne Jasperson and other Hamilton original cast members enjoy a night out, in celebration of their hit musical:


New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette knows that pets can make the best of friends:


Pennsylvania Ballet couple Nayara Lopes and Sterling Baca take care of their bodies with some stretching and foam rolling—and plans for brunch:


Jacob Dickey, also known as Aladdin in the hit Broadway musical, appreciates getting lost in a good book:


Giordano Dance Chicago performing associate Arielle Israel indulges in a delicious meal:

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How Turning Boards and Practice Mats Can Revolutionize Your Dance Training

When it comes to equipment, dancers don't need much—just shoes and whatever can fit in their dance bag. But between rehearsals in the studio and performances on stage, one major piece of equipment often goes overlooked—the floor.

Dancers too often find themselves warming up on the concrete or carpet backstage, or wanting to practice in a location without a proper floor. For years, Harlequin Floors has offered a solution to this problem with its innovative turning board, offering a portable and personal floor that can be flipped between marley and wood. Now, they've revolutionized portability again with their practice mat, offering dancers the option to roll up their own personal floor and sling it over their shoulders like a yoga mat.

We spoke with experts from every corner of the dance industry to see how Harlequin's products have become their everyday essentials:

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