Working Out With Stella Abrera

In her first season as a principal at American Ballet Theatre, Stella Abrera experienced a kind of exhaustion she’d never known before. “For 14 years, I got used to gearing up to do one pas de deux or one solo, and I would usually feel fresh beforehand,” says 38-year-old Abrera, who was promoted in 2015.More »

Working Out With Anaïs Chalendard

This Boston Ballet principal doesn’t let scoliosis hold her back. Ballet and scoliosis might seem incompatible. But Boston Ballet principal Anaïs Chalendard, who was diagnosed with severe scoliosis at age 14, says this is a misconception: “Quality strength comes from ballet,” she argues. “The doctors were so amazed at the way ballet was such aMore »

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 »

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 »

Working Out With Christopher Vo

The Broadway dancer teaches 12 fitness classes a week. Christopher Vo’s career redefines the term “impressive resumé.” He’s danced with Lar Lubovich, on TV’s “Smash,” in the national tour of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, and now appears in Broadway’s The King and I. But since graduating from Juilliard in 2008, he’s also maintained aMore »

Working Out With Kimberly Van Woesik

The Ballet Hispanico dancer teaches one of NYC’s trendiest fitness classes. Kimberly Van Woesik used to be a dedicated gym enthusiast, visiting regularly. But while weight lifting and cardio gave her extra stamina and definition, they didn’t produce any major changes in her technique. Then a year ago, a friend recommended SLT, the New YorkMore »

Working Out With Arolyn Williams

The Ballet West principal pushes her limits outdoors. After spending so much of her day in the studio, Ballet West principal Arolyn Williams prefers to head outside once it’s time to cross-train: “There’s just something about having the wind in your face, watching the light change—it fills you up in a way that a gymMore »

Working Out With Jacqueline Burnett

The Hubbard Street dancer swears by smart injury-prevention strategies. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Jacqueline Burnett is an injury-prevention pro. After a labral tear in her right hip put her out for six weeks in 2013, Burnett completely reassessed her cross-training routine. Rather than focusing so much on big-muscle groups, she shifted toward exercises that targetMore »

Working out With Dusty Button

The Boston Ballet principal isn’t afraid of the bench press.  While most ballet dancers look to yoga and Pilates to build long, lean muscles, Dusty Button is unafraid of building bulk. The Boston Ballet principal firmly believes her tall, lithe frame requires the “no pain, no gain” approach of more traditional weight training. Before steppingMore »