DM's Guide to Summertime

June 18, 2015

As of 


, we’re now officially in the summer season! (Insert your own happy dance.) For many dancers, that means intensives, company layoffs, picking up a part-time job or some well-deserved R & R. Whatever your plans, 
Dance Magazine
 has a few pointers to help make this your best summer yet.


Do you know what 10 slow breaths can do for you? If you’re on the heels of a busy spring performance season, check out these exercises to de-stress from our Your Body column on “The Stress/Injury Connection.”


Got a vacation planned, but you’re feeling totally drained? Read Dr. Linda Hamilton’s advice for recovering from burnout before you hit the beach.


Free dance and the outdoors are two knockout options. Put them together and you’ve got some of summer’s most enticing festivals, like the Chicago Dancing Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. If you’re in NYC, River to River continues through Sunday, June 28DM‘s Wendy Perron shares some exciting highlights here.


The summer months are a great time to work toward a somatics certification for a movement-related side job as a Pilates or yoga teacher. Take inspiration from these four dancers who juggle a performance career and body work, as well as a handy resource guide for different types of certifications.


Before you head off to a summer intensive, get pumped up with our inside look at workshops with Joffrey West in L.A., ImPulsTanz in Vienna, the Paris Opéra Ballet School and a musical theater intensive at The Boston Conservatory.


If you’re on a summer layoff, check out our three-week plan for rest and strength building. And, yes, the pros do take time off! Dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet and Parsons Dance share how they spend their layoffs here.


Happy summer!