How Percussive Dancers Can Avoid Injury

Injury prevention is crucial for dancers. But compared to the resources focusing on dance styles like ballet, modern and contemporary, guidance for dancers specializing in percussive forms—for example, tap, flamenco or kathak—is arguably less common. What kinds of injuries tend to affect these dancers, and how can they be avoided? What Are the Most Common […]

Here's What Experts Say to Look For in a Mask for Dancing

From oversized mouse heads in The Nutcracker to Jabbawockeez masks, most dancers have experience performing with restrictive costumes or headpieces. But as we transition from taking class at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to sharing a studio with others, masks aren’t just a costume accessory: They’re a necessary health tool. While masks are not a […]

How to Dance in a Face Mask

There’s a new must-have accessory for the dancers who’ve begun to venture back into the studio. Face masks are essential to protect your teachers and fellow dancers (not to mention their families) from coronavirus. But they definitely make dancing more complicated. How can you prepare for—and adjust to—the new masked normal? Here’s practical advice from […]

What Makes College Dancers So Injury-Prone

College can be hard on the body. Between late-night rehearsals, carrying backpacks around hilly campuses and long, sedentary study sessions, it’s tough for dancers to give their bodies the care they need to prevent injury. Here are the most common reasons college students get injured—and our top tips for prevention. The Problem: Their bodies are […]

The Depression–Allergy Connection

I’m typically an upbeat person until my allergies kick in during the spring. Then I feel really down. What can I do to keep this from happening? An allergic reaction shouldn’t affect my ability to enjoy dancing, should it? —Katie, Princeton, NJ Surprisingly, allergies can affect your mood. Research by neuropsychologist Dr. Paul Marshall shows […]

Injured? Sick? Pregnant? Here's How to Tell Your Director.

In 2013, a few days before The Bang Group left for a tour to Italy, a dancer pulled out of the company’s production of Nut/Cracked. The reason? A callback for another gig. “We were left high and dry. We somehow pulled it off, but it wasn’t the show I hoped it would be,” says David […]

Treat Your Feet: The Foot-Care Products Dancers Love

Every dancer has learned—probably the hard way—that healthy feet are the foundation of a productive and happy day in the studio. As dancers, our most important asset has to carry the weight (literally) of everything we do. So it’s not surprising that most professional dancers have foot care down to an art. Three dancers shared […]

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