What Your Recovery is Missing

By now, most dancers know that it's not exercise itself that makes your muscles stronger—it's recovering from that exercise. But it takes more than just resting your body to see results.

Recent research suggests that to bounce back stronger after strenuous exercise, your mind needs a break from stress, too. Scientists believe the body will only dedicate resources to rebuilding if it doesn't register a threat, no matter whether that message is coming from physical or mental stress.

Perfectionist dancers love filling up their schedules, but some mindless binge-watching might have its place on your to-do list, too.

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Inside one of Interlochen's brand-new dance studios. Courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen’s New Breathtaking Dance Center Is Ready for Class

After months of practicing in a cramped space at home, young dancers have dreamed of training in a spacious, airy studio. And when the facilities are as resplendent as the brand-new dance center at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts, everyday technique class is to be savored.

The recently renovated and vastly expanded 26,000-square-foot Dance Center at Interlochen is now a world-class facility on par with those of premier conservatories and professional companies. Joseph Morrissey, Interlochen's director of dance, says a lot of careful thought went into the architecture: "This could not just be a building that dance is going to go into. This is a building that is made for dance." To build the best facilities for his students, Morrissey sought out Flansburgh Architects, the group behind the beautiful Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow.

July 2021