How to design a training plan

Dance is just starting up either this week or last week for most of us, and there is no hiding from the fact that the new season is upon us.  This is the perfect time to make new habits and change the way that we work on a day-to-day basis. I have been getting quite…

Classical ballet — The plane theory

I had a private lesson the other day, which I highly recommend if that's an option for you, and we talked a lot about imagery and thinking about feeling length and simplifying basic placement while you are dancing.  I wrote down all of the corrections I received, and noticed a pattern. After doing some journaling,…

Healthy Recipe — Roasted Chickpeas!

I made these roasted chickpeas, which are a super high-fiber, healthy, easy snack that any dancer can make.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas Sea salt Garlic salt Cayenne pepper Olive oil Step 1: Rinse and strain the chickpeas and slightly dry with a paper towel. Step 2: Toss chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil, garlic…

The surprising importance of the standing inner thigh

Elizabeth Murphy, a principal dancer with PNB (picture below) was guest teaching at my ballet school's summer intensive when she gave me this correction: When your leg moves in an en dehors motion during a rond de jambe or really at any time when your leg is to the back, don't let your supporting inner…

2 great strength circuits for dancers

Today I wanted to quickly share with you two of my favorite strength circuits for dancers.  All you will need is a pilates ball and a mat. *Note: A circuit workout is a combination of exercises that you repeat and do a certain number of times (sets).  I explain all the different workout types in my…

The ballerina style + fashion inspiration

Today involved lots of hard work...I went for a run for some cardio cross-training, did a ballet barre in my socks to work on my technical strength, and then did a solid 45-minute strengthening workout.  I also had physical therapy in the morning to fix a little ankle problem I've been having, and took a…

4-Week Health Challenge + Meal Plans

Summer is the perfect time for dancers to reset their healthy eating expectations and habits.  This flexible, 4-week challenge is the perfect way for you to question your health decisions and put your body back on the path to success. The meal plans developed for this challenge each have over 90% of recommended daily values for…