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Take a Free Butoh Class With Cover Star Mina Nishimura

Mina Nishimura is beloved for her chameleon-like abilities, whether in experimental dance projects or quirky pop culture collaborations. One reason she's so easily able to slip between styles? Her background in butoh, which has taught her how to "empty her body and sense of self so that she can be easily transformed," writes Chava Pearl Lansky in this month's cover story.

Now, you're invited to get a taste of what Nishimura calls "a quick bite of butoh practice." On Wednesday, May 19, at 4 pm Eastern, she'll be teaching a free class on Dance Media Live! Through specific breath and movement practices, she says the session will introduce students to "alternate and unique ways of being, moving and nourishing our internal landscapes."

Click here to register, and submit any questions you'd like to ask her during the brief Q&A following the 45-minute class. No previous experience in dance or movement practice is necessary.

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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.

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May 2021