Five Non-Nutcracker Holiday Performances

Burned out from the Nutcracker but still in the holiday spirit? Christmas may be over, but the abundance of holiday programs is not! Check out these five non-Nutcracker shows and performances to carry you into the New Year with holiday cheer.

1) Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A high-energy, festive, joyful and truly spectacular performance, starring none other than the amazing Radio City Rockettes.

2) Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: A beloved childhood story of a grinch whose heart was two sizes too small, brought to life (with song and dance!).

3) Hansel and Gretel:The Met Opera brings audience members to a different land of sweets in this operatic rendition of the Brothers Grimm classic story.

4) The Little Match Girl: If you're lucky enough to be in London, this is a must: a ballet version of Hans Christian Andersen's touching tale by choreographer Arthur Pita.

5) Annie: A modern day rendition of a fan-favorite musical, hitting the silver screen this holiday season!

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With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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