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  • Editor’s Letter: What Does it Mean to Be a Role Model?

    I think most of us would agree that a mix of strength, integrity and grace make up a large ... More »

  • Call Board

    Christopher Wheeldon’s Windy City Nutcracker It’s a truth universally acknowledged that any ballet company worth its sugar plums must ... More »

  • Studio to Street: Simone Messmer

    Don’t expect to catch Simone Messmer wearing a leotard—at least, not for company class. “Ballet class is for me,” ...

  • Dancer Spotlight: Stefanie Roper

    At first glance, Ballet Hispanico second-company member Stefanie Roper looks as though she has been dancing since she could ...

  • Ask Amy: Getting a Cold for Christmas

    I always get sick during Nutcracker. Help! —Emily Long days, late nights, chilly weather and overworked bodies make the ...

  • Her Time

    At some point during her long career with American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera started to think it would never ...

  • In Defense of Patience

    When I was about 10, I auditioned for New York City Ballet, to be in their Harlequinade. I got ... More »

  • The Season of Crystal Pite

    Crystal Pite considers herself to be on the contemporary end of the dance spectrum, but she’s playing in the ...

  • The Standouts

    Miami City Ballet’s National Tour In late April at the Harris Theater, Chicagoans found Miami City Ballet firing on ...

  • A Summer of Style

    As a young student, Shea McAdoo’s classes at the Master Ballet Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona, were “strict, straightforward, very ...

  • Finding Balance

    Courtney Henry knew she wanted to dance for Alonzo King LINES Ballet while she was still a student in ...

  • Upcycle Your Workout (Without Buying New Stuff)

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  • Nutcracker Survival Tips

    Alana Griffith Artist, Milwaukee Ballet Favorite role: Clara “Clara was my first soloist role and the first role I ...

  • The Judges Roundtable

    We asked five frequent judges for their advice, their pet peeves and their approach to the scoring process. Peter ...

  • Dancer to Dancer

    Holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Related

  • Your Style: Get Cozy

    Patterned warm-ups in black, gray and purple evoke starry winter nights. Related

  • Beyond Six-Pack Abs

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  • The Workout: Jessica Collado

    Morning zinger: Jessica Collado makes a pitcher of a spicy drink with turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, coconut water and ...

  • “They Hate Me!”

    When Lilliana Hagerman auditioned for Orlando Ballet School’s summer intensive, she felt overwhelmingly intimidated. “The other dancers were all ...

  • Finding Prodigal

    New York City Ballet principal Joaquin De Luz on the elusive nature of Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.  As told to ...

  • On the Upswing

    As the dancers processed through downtown Orlando—smiling, laughing, heads held high—Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill allowed himself to ...

  • Not Just For Kids

    While New York City Ballet was off last August, corps member Sasonah Huttenbach was hard at work at the ...

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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Viral Videos
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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