Kyle Froman

SFB Principal Frances Chung Totes Massage Oil for Sore Muscles In Her Dance Bag

What gets top billing in San Francisco Ballet principal Frances Chung's dance bag? Oil. Massage oil, first of all. "I do self-massage all the time," she says. "It's extremely relaxing, and it really helps your muscles recover." That explains her array of massage tools, too, including a hot-pink foot roller she's had since she graduated from Canada's Goh Ballet Academy. Usually she doesn't get oiled up until after rehearsal, though: "I don't want to be a slippery partner!"

And then there's her dance bag itself, a small tote reading "Je suis Prodigieuse." "Prodigieuse is this other oil that's amazing for skin, hair, everything," she says. "I have a bottle of it with me at all times—I'm obsessed. I got this bag for free, but it's kind of perfect because I'm a walking ad for Prodigieuse anyway."


Kyle Froman for PointeKyle Froman

The Goods

Water bottle, CD of rehearsal music, Prodigieuse oil, massage oil, bag of hair supplies, bag of toe supplies, moisturizer, ski pants ("They're so warm, and I'm from Canada, where it's always easy to find a pair"), practice skirt, socks, pointe shoes ("The gold ones are Cinderella's magic slippers"), flat shoes, back roller ("slash IT band roller, slash calf roller, slash psoas digger"), foot roller, snack bars, iPhone and headphones ("I'm all about warm-up music—for something like Wayne McGregor's Borderlands, it,'s usually Beyoncé"), notebook (' for rehearsal notes, but also for doodlingf), Emergen-C, scissors.

Latest Posts


Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

NYCB's Maria Kowroski Reflects on the Challenges, Joys and Mysteries of Balanchine’s "Mozartiana"

The first time I was called to learn Mozartiana, I didn't think I would actually get to do it. It's a coveted ballerina role in the company, and I was still early in my career. But I got to dance it once or twice, and then not again for many years. The ballet isn't in our repertoire that often, so each time we've performed it I've been at a different level as a person and as an artist.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

Ask Amy: How Can I Overcome My Fear of Pirouettes on Pointe?

I have a terrible fear of falling when doing turns on pointe. I sometimes cry in class when we have to do new turns that I'm not used to. I can only do bad singles on a good day, while some of my classmates are doing doubles and triples. How can I get over this fear? —Gaby

Keep reading SHOW LESS
xmb photography, Courtesy The Washington Ballet

The Washington Ballet's Sarah Steele on Her At-Home Workouts

Ballet at home: Since she's not preparing for any immediate performances, Steele takes ballet barre three to four times a week. "I'm working in more of a maintenance mode," she says, prioritizing her ankles and the intrinsic muscles in her feet. "If you don't work those muscles, they disappear really quickly. I've been focusing on a baseline level of ballet muscle memory."

What she's always working on: Strengthening her glute-hamstring connection (the "under-butt" area), which provides stability for actions like repetitive relevés and power for jumps. Bridges are her go-to move for conditioning those muscles. "Those 'basic food group'–type exercises are some of the best ones," she says.

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks