Friday Film Break: GroundWorks DanceTheater in "Pony" by Hannah Garner

On a carpet of pink Easter grass, the silly and the serious grip GroundWorks DanceTheater's dancers in "Pony." Choreographed, written and directed by Hannah Garner, of 2nd Best Dance Company, the 18-minute dance film, says Garner, "is an absurd, nonsensical, useless coping mechanism for the moment... it's about being inflexible but learning to change."

More than that, "Pony" evokes smiles with its whimsy and heart pangs with its emotional honesty.

It was filmed at Ingenuity Cleveland Labs by cinematographer Darby Irrgang with lighting by Dennis Dugan, costumes by Janet Bolick and Garner, and editing by Colleen McLaughlin. It features GroundWorks dancers Runako Campbell, Nicole Hennington, Annie Morgan, Jake Nahor, Channce Williams, along with an eclectic soundtrack ranging from The Boswell Sisters to composer Giovanni Battista Pergolisi.

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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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