Sport Beans are for Dancers Too!

Dancing is hard work! Sometimes in the hight of performance season dancers begin to feel tired, wore down, and just plain exhausted. This leads to pushing the limits which can cause injuries. Take for example So You Think You Can Dance  Season 7. The show suffered from a record number of dropout due to injuries. […]

A Nutcracker Memory

Ah, December… We are in the heart of The Nutcracker season. This time of year I find myself reflecting on my time with ballet’s most famous tradition. Of all my years and countless performances, I find it funny that my most memorable moment wasn’t my most glamorous. In fact, it was quite a disaster! It was my […]

A Ballet Dancer Must Have

During my third year of ballet my Mom bought me the “Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet.” As a fifth grade know-it-all, I shoved the book on my shelf to collect dust. Luckily I came to my senses and realized I didn’t know everything about ballet. This book has been a great references to me […]

Best Water Bottle

My whole dance life I’ve carried a water bottle to class. You could consider me somewhat of connoisseur, since I’ve tried just about every type of reusable bottles. About five months I’ve began training for the Chicago Marathon and made regular visits to my local running store. Every time I walked in I was drawn to […]

A Ballerina’s Bun Secret

No those aren’t donuts, they’re mesh chignons. These spongy creations are helping ballet students with short hair and long achieve a perfect bun. With their round shape, soft mesh, and durability, students are kissing their hair headaches goodbye. Do you want to know the best part about this ballet secret? They are only $3.29 at […]

The Best Hair Ties Ever!

    With the active life of a dancer, it’s important to find a hair tie that won’t slip or damage your hair. Lucky for you, I’ve found the perfect one! It’s called the “No Slip Grip – The Evolution Hair Ties” by Scunci. Although they kind of look like a gummy candy treat, these […]

Yoga

Yoga is everywhere you look. Driving through my town of Naperville, I pass ten yoga studios on my way to the store. For many years I dismissed yoga because I thought it would make me (get this) too flexible. However, recently I’ve found yoga in my life and its turned out to balance my Pilates and […]

What is Pilates?

Pilates has gained a lot of media attention recently for its benefits. However, many people still don’t understand what it is. In attempts to educate, I came up with this brief list to describe Pilates. It was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Pilates was originally called Contrology, which means the study […]