Tag: training

Begin Again: Figuring Out How to Train on a Budget

At 18 years old, when illness dragged me kicking and screaming off of the stage and into my bed, I felt as though I’d lost myself entirely. The physical pain was stunning, sure, but it was the loss of dance, of what I saw as my identity, that I struggled to cope with. Now, with nine […]

Is It Time to Rethink How We Use Mirrors in Dance?

Image Issues A recent study suggests that the heavy use of mirrors in dance class is linked to negative body image. “There’s a high degree of body image problems and eating disorders among dancers and my question was, What in the studio is creating this?” says Sally Radell, one of the study’s authors. Radell and […]

5 Training Tips To Help You Nail Your Balances

Finding your balance can sometimes feel like making a new discovery every day. “Emotions play a huge part in balance,” says Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Belén Indhira Pereyra. “Where is your state of mind that day? Something could be happening in the family world or in the friendship world—or internally. Maybe you ate […]

What Makes It So Difficult to Diversify Ballet Faculties?

The lack of Black ballet teachers in professional training programs has long been known to be a weakness holding the field back from true inclusivity. The common refrain of “We can’t find them” might have been plausible before, given the scarcity of professional Black ballet dancers. Yet suddenly, qualified candidates are springing up. (Perhaps the […]

What Dancers Can Do to Help Keep Studios in Business Right Now

With the pandemic raging on, dance studios have had to get creative to stay open. Some are hosting virtual classes, others are setting up outdoor workshops, many are offering a hybrid of online and in-person classes. But their efforts to save their businesses hinge on their local dance communities. Without support from their students, many […]

Are Young Dancers Specializing Too Soon?

Young dancers are often set on a specific career goal, whether it’s becoming a principal at their dream ballet company or performing backup for their favorite pop star. But are today’s students becoming laser-focused on one style too soon? In sports medicine, a growing body of research suggests that specializing in one form of training […]

These Pros Prove That It's Possible to Start Training Later

These days, it feels like in order to master the technical feats required of professional dancers, you can’t get enough of a head start on your training. Younger and younger Insta-protégés knocking out quadruple pirouettes or showing off their extreme flexibility give the impression that spending those formative childhood years immersed in dance gives you […]