Health & Body

Master Healer: The Benefits of Vitamin C for Dancers

Strawberries are chock-full of Vitamin C. Artur Rutkowski via Unsplash.

Blisters, bruises, aches and injuries are an unpleasant but sometimes unavoidable part of being a dancer. But when you stock up on vitamin C, you're also promoting healing throughout your entire body. Here's what vitamin C can do for dancers.


Heal Wounds

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Got a blister (or three) from nonstop Nutcracker performances? It helps heal wounds.

Skip the Supplement

The saying "too much of a good thing" certainly applies to vitamin C. Megadoses of it in supplement form can lead to a laundry list of nasty side effects, such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches and abdominal cramps. Getting your C from natural food sources is much safer, and you can fulfill your daily value easily with one large orange or a cup of chopped red bell pepper, broccoli or sliced strawberries.

The Conversation
Ballet Training
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When the curtain falls, your work isn't over: That's exactly when post-show recovery begins. According to Carina Nasrallah, Houston Methodist athletic trainer for Houston Ballet, timing is everything. The 30 minutes after a performance is the optimal window to start combatting soreness and encourage muscle repair. Here, she shares the essential elements of a recovery plan from curtain call until bedtime.

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Brittany Cavaco in Until Midnight. Claire Morris, Courtesy Cavaco.

A white tulle dress, time travel, the Eiffel Tower at night... these elements come together in Until Midnight, a new dance film by Christopher Alexander of Zen Film Works. This eight-minute long vignette opens with Louise (played by Louise Schirmer), a former ballerina now living alone in old age. Through the delivery of a mysterious letter and a wristwatch from her past, she returns briefly to her youthful self, danced by former Washington Ballet dancer Brittany Cavaco. In a Cinderella-like twist, Louise has until midnight to find her beloved Jean Pierre (Sebastien Thill, former dancer with Paris Opera Ballet and Hamburg Ballet) for one last dance. According to Cavaco, all of the movement was improvised, created by herself and Alexander in each location.

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Ballet Training
Peter Boal in class a New York City Center. Courtesy PNB.

"People have so much fear associated with arabesque turns," says Peter Boal, artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Here, he shares images and ideas to help you confidently master this advanced pirouette. "It's a real accomplishment when you can put it all together."

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