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Alessandra Ferri
(photo by Fabrizio Ferri) 

The Royal Ballet

(The Royal Ballet in rehearsal, photo via Royal Opera House)

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?