How to Harness the Latest Wellness Trend: Recovery

Recovery routines have gotten much more elaborate recently: We use high-tech gadgets to reduce soreness, take fitness classes dedicated to rest, wear trackers that monitor our sleep.It isn’t just a fad. Recovery is a key variable in the “performance equation,” says Andrea Kozai, who studies exercise science and dance as a doctoral researcher at the […]

Master Your Inner Clock for Peak Performance

Whether you’re naturally peppy in the morning or primed to burn the midnight oil, your internal body clock determines what time of day your body performs at its best. With some effort, you can adjust that cycle so you’ll peak when you want to. What Is Circadian Rhythm? Think of your circadian rhythm as a […]

Could a Pre-Show Nap Help You Perform Better?

On busy performance days, international guest artist Joy Womack always makes time for one activity after class and rehearsals: a nap. “I like to feel well-rested when I need to be in the spotlight at night, not dragging at the end of the day,” she says. “It helps me recover and refocus.” With her earbuds […]

Your Ideal Pre-Show Prep: A Step-By-Step Guide

You know that how you care for your body before curtain can impact your performance. But with so many factors to consider, it can be difficult to nail down an exact routine. How much rest is enough? How close to showtime should you eat? We asked the experts. The Night Before Tirachard Kumtanom/Stocksnap Roll out […]

Your Alarm Clock Could Actually Be Hurting Your Dancing

Perfectionist, type-A dancers often try to squeeze a million things into their days, waking up early to cross-train or staying up late to finish one more side project. But the next time you’re tempted to skimp on your slumber, consider this: The longer you sleep, the more benefits you get from it. With each sleep […]

Your Ideal Post-Performance Game Plan

Show week can take a lot out of you. You might have early company classes, long tech rehearsals and late-night cast parties—not to mention the actual time you spend performing. But developing the right post-show routine can help you recover before the next time you hit the stage. Fight Inflammation Fast Start battling inflammation within […]

The Sleep Conundrum

During a particularly heavy rehearsal season, sleep is more crucial than ever so your body can recover. But unfortunately, the harder you dance, the harder it might be to sleep: A small study in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that nine days of intense training caused a ‚Äúsignificant and progressive decline in sleep quality” […]

Are These 4 Everyday Habits Slowing You Down In The Studio?

Your body’s inner chemist knows exactly what to do to make you a slightly better version of yourself onstage. The excitement of performing gets your adrenal glands to release epinephrine, a hormone that makes your heart work harder and your senses get sharper. It also yields endorphins, boosting your confidence and artistry. But what if […]

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