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Cross-Training Tips from Joel Prouty, Trainer to the (Ballet) Stars

A good personal trainer can coach you through a challenging, safe workout. A great one understands the unique demands dance places on your body and helps you correct specific weaknesses to make you an even stronger performer. Enter Joel Prouty. Before his passion for fitness took over, he was a member of the Royal Winnipeg […]

Are You Cross-Training Too Much? Watch Out for These 7 Telltale Signs

Every dancer is told to cross-train. But, the million-dollar question you should be asking is: Is it helping my dance career…or hurting it? Why It Matters: Cross-training can be a powerful tool to give you the physicality you need to compete in today’s dance world. However, if done wrong, it can also undo all of […]

Adapt Your Cross-Training to Your Rep

When Sarasota Ballet principal Danielle Brown began taking Gyrotonic classes two years ago, she had an epiphany: “I could feel the difference immediately in my dancing; I could feel my placement and every little part of my spine,” she says. Particularly, it helped her perform the company’s two dozen ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton. “Especially […]

Cross-Training Your Feet

Build a better pointe by strengthening underused foot and ankle muscles.   Dancers obsess over their feet day after day. In a competitive art form focused on minute aesthetic details, every millimeter of articulation counts. So no matter what arch or instep they were born with, dancers never stop working to make their feet stronger […]

Ezra Sosa is a young man with a medium complexion, wearing a colorful vest with sparkle lapels, white sparkle pants and yellow sneakers. He leans toward the right and gestures to JoJo Siwa, who wears a rainbow sparkle crop top and miniskirt and sings into a microphone.

The Scoop on Backup Dancing: Four Dancers Dish on Tour Life

Touring with a major recording artist is at the top of most commercial dancers’ bucket lists. What could be more exciting than getting paid to dance, travel the world and work with mega-talented celebrity musicians? It looks glamorous, but most dancers don’t actually know what the job truly entails until they’ve booked it. Is it as […]

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What to Look For in a Postgrad Training Program

Postgrad training programs have long held an important, if complicated, place in the dance industry. At their best, these experiences for young adults on the cusp of their careers can give students pro-level experiences and crucial industry connections. At their worst, they sell false hope in exchange for sky-high tuition.

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