These Dance Stars' End-of-Summer Vacation Photos are Giving Us Serious FOMO

We'll admit it: As excited as we are for fall performance season to start, we are in deep, deep denial that the end of summer is in sight. And we're also experiencing some serious FOMO looking at the vacation photos flooding our Instagram feeds from some of our favorite dancers and choreographers. So where in the world do they go to unwind before gifting us with yet another season of incredible dance?


Maria Kowroski showing her inner Anglophile

"Downton Abbey," anyone? New York City Ballet's senior ballerina visited Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England (and showcased her boss arabesque).

Christopher Wheeldon giving us Romeo & Juliet realness in Italy

Christopher Wheeldon and his husband have been on holiday around Italy and Greece, and this shot gives us all the feels.

Gillian Murphy (and Ethan Stiefel) hiking like proper ballet dancers

They're having way too much fun with this.

Sara Mearns serving up perfect beach vibes

Because after spending almost all of your time in the studio, who doesn't need a beach day? #beachgoals

Drew Jacoby exploring Iceland (and leaving us breathless)

The landscapes currently dominating Drew Jacoby's Instagram can almost rival her dance shots for breathtaking beauty.

Lydia Wellington hiking in Greece with some fellow NYCB gals

There's some serious girl power on this hike: NYCB's Lydia Wellington, Miriam Miller, Claire Von Enck and Laine Habony.

Isabella Boylston hanging out in sunny Barcelona

And she's rocking a pretty fabulous outfit, too!

Tiler Peck chilling—on a boat!

We're not sure where the NYCB star is headed, but it looks heavenly to us!

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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