Working Out With Aaron Tolson

The hoofer created his own tap-based workout class to get fit. Despite an exhausting weekly schedule rehearsing for upcoming performances, teaching at Broadway Dance Center, working with private students and traveling for workshops and shows, New York hoofer Aaron Tolson had a surprising realization: “As I get older, tap dancing is not keeping me physicallyMore »

Advice for Dancers: Trouble Ahead

Is it safe to do ballet with anteverted hips? And how substance abuse could stunt your career. Do anteverted hips always lead to arthritis? My doctors say I should think about quitting ballet. Are they for real? I’m 22 and have trained in dance since I was 7. That’s my career! —Alisa, Brooklyn, NY I’m sorryMore »

The Cult of Thin

Despite calls for change, ballet’s obsession with extreme thinness persists. During a recent performance of Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, a corps member at a prominent company complained that she was so hungry she thought she’d faint. The dancer next to her started to worry that she herself wasn’t hungry enough. “In shape for us isMore »

What Dancers Eat: Pass the Salt

Do dancers need more sodium? Most diet guidelines tell us to watch out for salt—the U.S. government recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, or the amount in just one teaspoon of table salt. The American Heart Association’s recommendation is even lower: 1,500 milligrams per day. Excess sodiumMore »

Working Out With Li Chiao-Ping

The modern choreographer/dancer builds extreme strength. In the final moments of her piece From Grace, Li Chiao-Ping carries three dancers across the stage. At 52 years old, this Wisconsin-based dancer/choreographer is as strong as ever. A believer in daily strength training, Li sets the bar high for both the dancers in her company, Li Chiao-PingMore »

Working Out With Rena Butler

How the Bill T. Jones dancer finds balance between lengthening and strengthening Rena Butler needs an unusual amount of strength. As a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, she says, “I know at any minute Bill is going to ask for something crazy with me lifting God-knows-who”—including, possibly, a male dancer as tallMore »