Spectacular Dancing in "Peter Pan Live!"

The stakes were high for NBC's live broadcast of "Peter Pan Live!", which premiered last night. After "The Sound of Music Live!" got dismal reviews last year, many feared "Peter Pan Live!" would be of the same caliber. Leading-lady (boy) Allison Williams, aware of the skeptical attitude many viewers had toward the production, remained positive and warned that hate-watching would be nearly impossible for this fun-filled, nostalgic classic.


The production is over, the reviews are in, and general consensus is...there were a lot of parts deserving of praise, particularly the dancing. Admittedly, there were a few questionable spots (that "sleeping" maid in the closet?), but Williams' Pan had a lovely voice and exuberant energy, Christopher Walken brought an unusual but interesting spin on the classic villain Hook, and the Lost Boys (aka the entire cast of Newsies) totally stole the show in ensemble numbers like "I Won't Grow Up" and one of my favorites, "Wendy". You can watch clips of the show and behind-the-scenes footage at: nbc.com.



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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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