Just like strengthening your feet and tightening your abs, keeping your memory sharp is an essential part of dance training. Daily classes keep the brain in good shape, but if you still have trouble remembering what count to enter on or the step that comes after that pas de bourré, there are some memory-boosting foods that may do the trick. Polyphenols in blueberries, strawberries, and spinach have been proven to enhance short-term memory; fish or fish oil, which provide important Omega-3 fatty acids, and egg yolk containing choline, an essential vitamin for brain function, also nourish the mind. Stock your fridge with these essentials and you’ll always know the answer when your fellow dancer whispers, “How did that step go again?”
James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.
I'd been a professional dancer for five years when I realized the pain I'd been feeling in my hip and down my sciatic nerve was not going away. I had been treating it for two years as we dancers do—with regular visits to my masseuse, physical therapy, baths, ice and lots of Aleve—but I never stopped dancing. It finally dawned on me that if I kept going at the speed I was going (which was, well, speedy), the pain would only get more severe and unrelenting, and I might never dance again.
I told myself I'd take two months off, and all would be better.
That first morning when I woke up at 10 am, I had no idea what to do with myself. My life until that moment had been dictated by class and rehearsal, every hour accounted for. How should I fill the huge swath of time ahead of me?