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What Wendy's Watching: Jamar Roberts' New Piece for Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Jamar Roberts, one of the most riveting of dancers anywhere, is making a new piece for the season that is now in full swing at New York City Center.


Roberts' own movement quality is sinuous and sculptural. In our Dec. 2013 cover story, artistic director Robert Battle called him a "gentle giant." His new piece, Members Don't Get Weary, to music by John Coltrane, is inspired by the blues. In this footage, you'll see that Roberts takes his dancers through a range of moods from exuberance to sorrow, infused with his inimitable (sometimes extreme) movement style.

Members Don't Get Weary premieres Dec. 8, and the AAADT season, which includes over 20 works, runs through Dec. 31.

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TaraMarie Perri in tree pose at Storm King Art Center. Photo by Sophie Kuller, Courtesy Perri

5 Self-Soothing Exercises You Can Do to Calm Your Anxiety

Physical stillness can be one of the hardest things to master in dance. But stillness in the bigger sense—like when your career and life are on hold—goes against every dancers' natural instincts.

"Dancers are less comfortable with stillness and change than most," says TaraMarie Perri, founder and director of Perri Institute for Mind and Body and Mind Body Dancer. "Through daily discipline, we are trained to move through space and are attracted to forward momentum. Simply put, dancers are far more comfortable when they have a sense of control over the movements and when life is 'in action.' "

To regain that sense of control, and soothe some of the anxiety most of us are feeling right now, it helps to do what we know best: Get back into our bodies. Certain movements and shapes can help ground us, calm our nervous system and bring us into the present.

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