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International Ballet Star Jeffrey Cirio on His Creative Process, Akram Khan and Bicycles

One of ballet's most in-demand male dancers, Jeffrey Cirio could pass for a model off-duty thanks to his simplified, yet designer-savvy approach to fashion. So when the former Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre principal hopped the pond in 2018 to join English National Ballet as a lead principal, the biggest challenge, he jokes, "was deciding what to bring with me, and then getting all of my suitcases out of customs."

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Most memorable performances: "Dancing Basilio in Don Quixote with Boston Ballet (after which, I was named principal), dancing the lead role in Elo Experience with Larissa Ponomarenko, and Solor in La Bayadère, which is one of my favorite roles to perform."

Co-creating Cirio Collective: "My sister, Lia (who is currently a principal with Boston Ballet), and I started this summer project where dancers get together with choreographers, musicians and other artists to explore movement without feeling self-conscious or afraid of failure. It's been a wild ride—we've already performed at the Joyce Ballet Festival and internationally in several venues."

His creative process: "Choreographing is different each time for me. Sometimes, a piece of music or art inspires me, and I'll go into a studio and start creating. Other times I've seen a movement and a piece grows out of just that one thing."

Favorite designers: "Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, and I love what Prada is doing right now. Some of my other favorites are Kiko Kostadinov, Dries Van Noten and Our Legacy."

What's on his playlist: "It really depends on my mood, but right now, I'm enjoying The Weeknd's new album and Christian Löffler's new album."

After-work hobby: "I love bicycles—I've built two of my own."

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Most profound artistic experience: "The opportunity to work with Akram Khan on Creature. I've yet to perform the role because of the coronavirus, but working with Akram changed my life—never have I had to dig so deep."

How he spends his off day: "Sunday is my one full day off. I usually spend it going to church, exploring London or grabbing Sunday roast with some friends."

Preshow routine: "Before performing, I usually try to take a nap, eat, get a preshow coffee, do makeup with my music on and then say a little prayer."

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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.

July 2021