Suzannah Friscia's blog

When you're a busy dancer, taking a vacation might sound like something you just don't have the time for. Maybe you're worried about falling behind in your technique or getting out of shape. But sometimes taking a few days for yourself (even if it's a "staycation" in your own neighborhood) is the best thing you can do for your dancing. Here are three benefits to take note of:

One time or another, we've all felt jealous of that dancer who seems to do no wrong: Her lines are perfect, she's quick to pick up new combinations and the teacher loves her. Usually we're told that feeling envious will only hurt us, and in many cases that's exactly what happens—jealousy tends to bring us down. 

The number of ballerinas dipping their pointe shoes in the musical theater pool has been noteworthy this season—and between Misty Copeland joining the cast of Broadway's On the Town (in the role played by New York City Ballet's Megan Fairchild), Leanne Cope's Tony-nominated performance in An American in Paris and Tiler Peck's recent turn in Little Dancer, we're loving the trend.

Have you ever taken a walk in the middle of the day and spent the whole time worrying about things that were bothering you? Maybe you were counting every mistake you made in your last class, or thinking of all the things you should have said during a conversation with your teacher. 

There are some days when it feels like things just aren't going your way: Maybe your train is late on the way to class, you forgot to pack lunch in your dance bag or the new variation you're learning just isn't sticking.

But what if there was a quick fix for the frustration that builds up?

Isn't it funny how you can be totally confident performing for a full house, but the thought of walking into a summer intensive class where you don't know anyone fills you with nerves? Or maybe you feel fine spending time with your best friend, but you feel anxious when you're with a larger group from your studio.

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you're celebrating this weekend, a summertime picnic is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables in season right now. We've rounded up a few options with dancer-friendly benefits:

Blueberries and raspberries: Juicy and delicious, these berries are packed with antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties. And one study found that eating blueberries may help boost short-term memory.

The word "summer" conjures images of long days, warm beaches and endless sunshine, but we're often busier than we remember during those much-anticipated months. Whether you're packing up to head to a new summer intensive or fitting in extra classes at your studio to prepare for next season, here are three quick fixes for when things feel chaotic, to help you tap into an easy, breezy summer mindset:

It's no secret that dancers can be perfectionists, and when you're working through the nuances of a demanding new role or juggling an above-average busy schedule, that type of self-discipline and attention to detail has its benefits.