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In costume for Alexei Ratmansky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Photo by Jayme Thornton.

Just about every woman on our staff has a crush on Amar Ramasar. And no, not just because he’s so good-looking. There’s something in the way he lets his inner child come out to play onstage, dancing like he’s giddily challenging himself to see how fast, how high, how far he can go. It’s hard not to fall for him. In our cover story, writer Marina Harss explores how he’s recently come into his own, developing the skills to tackle nearly any ballet in New York City Ballet’s repertoire. Yet he remains one of the company’s friendliest, most down-to-earth dancers.

Ramasar didn’t become such a compelling artist overnight. He’s worked on his approach diligently over the 15 years he’s spent on NYCB’s stage. Every dancer hopes to develop their talent over that many seasons, but not all get the chance. So we asked top veteran dancers how they’ve done it. Houston Ballet principal and mother of three Sara Webb, for example, cycles through a repertoire of daily core exercises, while 57-year-old tour de force Louise Lecavalier keeps her body balanced by taking classes in techniques that are different from what she’s performing.

One piece of advice they all offered was to search for work that’s right for your particular talents and disposition, something that will keep you inspired for decades. If you’re still trying to figure out what that might be, take a look at our “Auditions Guide”: In addition to over 100 job opportunities, we share advice on how to calm your audition anxiety, what mistakes turn off directors the most and more. Then get out there, and land your dream job.

Jennifer Stahl

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

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.

May 2021