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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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.