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Think Your Way to Better Dancing

Think Your Way to Better Dancing

When you tendu, what are you thinking of? Are you thinking of your toes? Brushing the floor with the ball of your foot? Arch lifting? Or are you t...
The Triathlon Journals of Professional Ballerina, Chelsea Thronson

The Triathlon Journals of Professional Ballerina, Chelsea Thronson

Dancers are a rare breed of artist and athlete. It requires qualities of both to successfully convey meaning and emotion through strength and power...
Napping Your Way to Better Dancing

Napping Your Way to Better Dancing

The time you spend at the barre is vital to your dancing. But just as important is your time off the barre. And that’s not just warming up or runn...
Fighting Senioritis

Fighting Senioritis

Have you ever felt like you’ve lost motivation at the end of the school year or dance season? You know, that end-of-the-year-feeling when summer is...
Perspective: Interview with Erica Hornthal, Founder of Chicago Dance Therapy

Perspective: Interview with Erica Hornthal, Founder of Chicago Dance Therapy

Have you heard of Dance Therapy? I caught up with Erica Hornthal LCPC, BC-DMT, a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance...
2 Professional Dancers on Surviving Audition Season

2 Professional Dancers on Surviving Audition Season

Audition season can be one of the most stressful times in a dancer’s career; the expenses add up, the travel is exhausting, and the outcomes are of...
5 Ways to Recharge As a Dancer this Summer

5 Ways to Recharge As a Dancer this Summer

  Whether you’re a student or a professional, summertime for dancers can be an exciting but often tricky time to navigate.  For students or pre-pr...
Bursting your Bubble: How to Build Relationships Outside of Your Immediate Dance Community

Bursting your Bubble: How to Build Relationships Outside of Your Immediate Dance Community

When a dancer joins a ballet company, school, or training program, there is an instant sense of belonging to a group of people with one major commo...
Understanding Understudying

Understanding Understudying

We’ve all been there: tirelessly exerting yourself in the back of the studio behind the first cast, attempting to rehearse choreography in 1/4 of t...
How to Make Ashwagandha Tea

How to Make Ashwagandha Tea

I stumbled upon a bottle of Organic Ashwagandha while shopping recently and read it’s label: “Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is revered...
Why All Ballerinas Should Do Hip Hop

Why All Ballerinas Should Do Hip Hop

My dance teachers at Ruth Page in Chicago — one of whom was once listed as a favorite of Baryshnikov’s — insisted that the ballet reigned supreme. ...
Are You POSITIVE You're Warming Up Correctly?

Are You POSITIVE You're Warming Up Correctly?

We all generally know the do’s and don’ts of warming up and cooling down: don’t dance cold. Wear layers to help acclimate your muscles. Don’t rely ...