Feet are the foundation for movement in dance, aligning our direction, grounding our positions and setting up everything from pirouettes to six-steps and backflips. Take the health of your feet into your own hands with a combination of strength work and soft-tissue care.
I’m a Broadway dancer with a long second toe and the nail is always bruised. I had thought switching from pointe work to dancing in character shoes was the answer—I felt great for several years until recently. What’s the problem? —Ouch!, Hoboken, NJ Your shoes may no longer be the right size for you. According […]
When caring for your feet or trying to make them look good, it’s tempting to seek shortcuts. Bad ideas—like dangerous stretches that promise perfect lines or ointments that were never meant to go on your toes—catch on all too easily backstage. We asked podiatrists who’ve seen their dance clients try it all share the habits […]
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 […]