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#TBT to Sir Anthony Dowell's Fabulous Photo Shoot With His Cat

In the June 1967 issue of Dance Magazine, a young Anthony Dowell told us why he relished the challenges of The Royal Ballet's then-regular U.S. tours: "Dancing as frequently as we do here gives met he opportunity to build my stamina and to continue work on my roles." At 24, Dowell was already a premier danseur and had originated the roles of Oberon in Frederick Ashton's The Dream and Benvolio in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. His work ethic, elegant lines and chameleonic ability to adapt to vastly different choreographic styles led to a storied career with The Royal Ballet, which he would direct from 1986–2001.


Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

An unexplained mystery from the DM Archives: We have a lot of shots of Dowell with his cat. A lot. We can't explain it. But we love them, so we thought we'd share.

Photo by Zoran Velijkovic, Courtesy DM Archives.

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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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