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Up Your Injury Prevention Game With These 7 Tools

These are our top recommendations for injury-prevention, from the brand-new to the tried-and-true.

OPTP's Pelvic Rocker Core Trainer

Is it just us or is core work more fun with a toy? This new stability tool ups the ante on classic exercises like V-sits, activating those deep inner-core muscles. $34.95, optp.com

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Flexifoot's Pointe Builder

Strap on this resistance system to strengthen your ankles and feet for safer pointe work. $46, flexifoot.net

Courtesy Flexifoot

Superior Stretch's Superiorband Ultra

This extra-thick resistance band comes in a loop, offering extra ways to stretch and strengthen on the go. $16.99, superiorstretch.com

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Apolla Alpha Shocks

These socks offer targeted support by integrating the latest sports science insights on compression with the unique needs of dancers. $30–$32, apollaperformance.com

Courtesy Apolla

Theragun liv

The rapid vibrations of this popular handheld massager relieve tension and stimulate blood flow in tight, overworked muscles. $249, theragun.com

Courtesy Theragun

Moji Heated Foam Roller 

This roller fits into the microwave to combine self-massage with heat therapy in order to dig deeper into muscles with less pain. The accompanying thermal bag keeps it hot for 90 minutes. $99.99, gomoji.com

Courtesy Moji

A sprung floor

You can do all the cross-training and self-care you want, but unless you're dancing on a sprung floor, you're putting your body at risk. Whether at the studio, onstage or in your own home setup, make sure you're working on floors from trusted dance floor companies (think Harlequin and Stagestep) that are designed with a dancer's safety in mind. Various surface and subfloor options can meet the needs of your particular movement styles. us.harlequinfloors.com, stagestep.com

Need some in-person advice on injury prevention? Check out the growing directory of local dance medicine specialists on doctorsfordancers.com.

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

July 2021