Suzannah Friscia's blog

As a dancer, you know how essential sleep is for keeping your body healthy and energized. But you also know how a chaotic rehearsal schedule or stressful upcoming performance can interfere.

What is a "superfood," and is there really such a thing? Though it's misleading to think that one food can give you all the nutrition you need, superfoods are typically described as offering multiple nutrients and potential health benefits.

Ballet fans have been anticipating Paloma Herrera's final performance with American Ballet Theatre since she announced her retirement this past fall.

Ballet San Jose, the Silicon Valley-based troupe led by former American Ballet Theatre star José Manuel Carreño, is facing shutdown if it fails to raise $550,000 by March 14. The company made the announcement earlier this week. BSJ launched a fundraising drive in January that's raised a little over half a million dollars, and now must match that figure in order to keep the company going. 

When you're anticipating a high-pressure audition, it's no wonder if your stress levels are heightened. And a little performance anxiety isn't necessarily a bad thing. But a recent study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology found that high stress levels could affect your confidence and decision-making skills in competitive situations.

You're probably not too excited when you look out your studio's window and see dreary, grey weather (especially if you've been affected by this season's blizzards). But it may be a good opportunity to improve your dancing.

Black History Month is right around the corner, and to kick it off, Philadelphia and New York-based company Dance Iquail is holding a free panel discussion on February 2 at 6:30 pm, at NYC's Riverside Theatre.

When you're reaching for an orange in the morning before rehearsal, is it better to grab a piece of whole fruit or drink a glass of juice? The answer you may be used to hearing is fruit, since the juice has less of its beneficial fiber and is higher in sugar.

As much fun as social media can be, you may also be familiar with the unpleasant side effects of constantly comparing yourself to others. Maybe a bunch of your dance friends posted photos from a performance you couldn't make it to, or your classmate got into the summer intensive you wanted and then boasted about it on Facebook.