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Had a Bad Class? Here's Why You Shouldn't Blame Yourself

As a dancer, you're taught to carefully listen to your body so you can notice the early signs of injury and recognize when it's a bad idea to push through the pain. But paying attention to your thoughts and attitude is equally important to your well-being, and according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, it may play a role in injury prevention.

Swedish researchers spent a year following elite athletes through their rigorous training schedules, and monitored how many of them suffered from injuries. The results showed that athletes who were hard on themselves when they had a bad day were the most likely to get injured, regardless of the severity of their schedules. The idea is that when you're blaming yourself for not doing your best work, you're more likely to push through any pain or discomfort you may be feeling, even when you risk getting injured.

Next time you're feeling sluggish at the barre during your morning class, or struggling with a combination that's usually no problem, try not to beat yourself up about it. Of course, it's important to challenge yourself, but everyone has an off day sometimes. Learning to accept that and act accordingly will make you a better, healthier dancer in the long run.

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Class of 2020, These Ballet Stars Have a Heartfelt Video Message Just for You

Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!

You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.

To further fête all of the ballet grads out there, we're also giving away 100 free subscriptions to Pointe... plus, one lucky bunhead will receive a personalized message from one of ballet's biggest stars. Click here to enter!


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Is the #EsmeraldaChallenge Quarantine's Next Big Thing?

By this point in the coronavirus pandemic shutdown, people are completely burned out on dancing at home. So it's no surprise that last week, all-around dance superstar Alex Wong posted a video on Instagram performing the famous La Esmeralda variation... but in his living room. And with a frying pan instead of a tambourine.

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Updated: Mark Your Calendars for These Online Ballet Performances

Updated on 5/27/2020

Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.

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