Ache, Throb, Hurt

New York City Ballet principal Abi Stafford opens up about the frustrating, but unavoidable role of pain in a dance career. My lower back went into spasm during a three-week tour to Paris with New York City Ballet this summer. I was dancing Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, a role that requires the hips to be pushed forward in an exaggerated manner. Because of theMore »

Resolutions Nutritionists Wish You’d Make

Every New Year’s Eve, we make promises to ourselves about our health. But are you choosing the right goals? Nutrition experts share the resolutions you should be making. 1. Set smaller goals. “We all focus on the finish line, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” says Joy Bauer, official nutritionist for the New York CityMore »

Working Out With Elena d’Amario

For this Parsons Dance phenom, slow, careful work gives her the power to explode onstage. Elena d’Amario approaches every chance to perform as though a judge on a TV show were urging her to “dance for your life.” Her movement explodes past the expanse of her skin, her face alive and passionate with every fearlessMore »

Working Out With Mathilde Froustey

The San Francisco Ballet principal revamped her body philosophy after leaving France. When Mathilde Froustey joined San Francisco Ballet after 12 years with the Paris Opéra Ballet, she felt like she’d stepped into an entirely new body. “In Paris, I felt a lot of pressure to be really slim and I was afraid to haveMore »

Should Dancers Lift Weights?

Don’t fall for these all-too-common strength-training myths.  During his dancing days, Jared Kaplan used to look down on strength training. “I was a snobby dancer,” he says. “I thought, Why would I need to lift weights?” Then Kaplan, 6′ 2″, was cast in a role originated by a shorter dancer, and realized he needed more powerMore »