Photo by Albert Ayzenberg

Unity Phelan and Cassandra Trenary Look Beyond Fierce in This New Campaign

New York City Ballet soloist Unity Phelan and American Ballet Theatre soloist Cassandra Trenary spend every day making their hard work look effortless and graceful both in the studio and onstage. That's exactly what makes them the perfect spokesmodels for the dance-inspired activewear line, Belle Force.


Cassandra Trenary photographed by Adam Houston for Robert Riese Photography.

The designs, which are made in NYC, feature everything from classic black and blush colored leotards with netting tie details to pleated skirts and crop tops that are just as at home outside the studio as they are in it. Given its NYC heritage, Belle Force shot the debut campaign in the city as well as in the studio—they even brought in ABT corps member Betsy McBride and Juilliard student Mikaela Kelly, too.

Cassandra Trenary and Mikaela Kelly photographed by Adam Houston for Robert Riese Photography.

We love how the simplicity of the shoot shows off the dancers' dancing skills and complements the modern designs. Plus, it's pretty cool to see Kelly and Trenary don boxing gloves and pink hand wraps alongside their leotards and tutus.

Unity Phelan photographed by Albert Ayzenberg.

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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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