How To Recover Fully Without Time Off

Many of your fall shows are coming to a close or did last weekend.  It’s the time of year in which opening shows conclude and Nutcracker season begins.  Today I share my tips on how to recover fully from weekends packed with shows and then transitioning quickly into a new rehearsal period, often without a…

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Motivation for Dancers

Today is a super-special collab blog post with Alessia De Vita (check out her blog)!  She will be talking to you today about motivation for ballet dancers and how to get inspired and ready to do your best. I also did a post for her blog which is up today about terminology.  We discuss all…

So…You Have Time Off?

Ballet dancers are constantly working, and constantly striving for perfection.  This requires consistent thought, practice, and body conditioning to achieve the right aesthetic and movement quality to be successful in this art.  This also means...very, very minimal time off. I know a lot of you have just returned from your summer intensive (me included!), or you…

Tips for the Overwhelmed

Ballet is a complicated thing.  That's what makes it so beautiful.  Plus, there's a lot of pressure to get better - friends with ear-high extensions and quadruple pirouettes, competition with amazing feet and crazy flexibility.  And then there's your teachers, who go around every day and tell you what you're doing wrong.  Life is crazy…

Gourmet Hot Chocolate Recipes

Today is a very special holiday-themed post.  I'm going to teach you how to make two of my favorite hot chocolates - a peanut butter hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and eggnog infused whip-cream topped cocoa complete with a toffee crumble.  The best part about it is that you don't need to make some fancy…

Finding Balance

Let's face it...everybody's life gets crazy.  Especially when you're a full-time ballet student operating under a half-time ballet student's schedule.  And you have to manage academic work and other extracurricular activities on top of all that.  That's me.  I get really, really stressed sometimes.  Today I'm going to write about finding balance in your life between…