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These Are the Dance Moments Our Readers Loved the Most This Year

We asked for your nominations, compiled your suggestions and let you vote on your favorite dance moments of 2019. Here's what you chose:


Best Dance in a Movie

Nominees:

The White Crow

Girl

Rocketman

The Favourite

Yuli

Winner: The White Crow

Winner: "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Dance Documentary

Nominees:

Force of Nature

Nureyev

I Dream of Dance

Winner: Nureyev

Winner: Playlist (EP)

Best Solo Performance

Nominees:

American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane in Manon

Ashley Blair Fitzgerald in The Cher Show

Royal Danish Ballet's Jon Axel Fransson in The Kermesse in Bruges

Mariana Valencia in Futurity

New York City Ballet's Taylor Stanley in Apollo

Winner: Taylor Stanley in Apollo

Taylor Stanley in Apollo. He holds a lyre-like instrument, and wears white tights and a white sash. He stands with one leg slightly bent, looking intensely at the audience. He is surrounded by the three muses\u2014women in white leotards and short white skirts\u2014who reach up towards him.

Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB

Winner: Taylor Swift's "ME!"

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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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