queencitybunhead said: Hello! So I am a dancer from Charlotte and my parents are making me choose between classes/performances that I can participate in this year. My options are to be in two jazz groups, two lyrical groups, ballet and pointe classes, a hip hop group, a tap ground and to audition for a lead role in the Nutcracker. I don't really care about hip hop and tap (just because that's me as a dancer!) but I wanted to know if you thought giving up three groups would be worth a lead role in the nutcracker?

Hi! I think what you’re asking me is: which classes should I take this year if I want a shot at a role in Nut…yes? If so, ballet & pointe are of course going to be your best bet. I’m my (humble) opinion, & all those who taught me, ballet is your core. Other disciplines you chose to engage in beyond ballet will help you grow musically, creatively, & physically, but ballet is home base, especially if you’re interested in participating in a major balletic production! Merde! Hoped this helped.

Antonio Douthit-Boyd & Linda Celeste Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Photo by Paul Kolnik. 

Antonio Douthit-Boyd & Linda Celeste Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Photo by Paul Kolnik. 

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Anonymous said: How much do you have to weigh as a ballerina

The weight that is comfortable & healthy for your personal body & mind.

you-dont-know-what-to-think said: Hey, I'm 17 years old, and I'm a boy. U think its possible to become a dancer? I've never had any class or somethins, but I would really love the idea of be a dancer.

Of course! A dancer isn’t really something you become, it’s just something you are if you dance. Don’t worry about that label! I have known many boys who started “late” & prospered. Just do it, you might even find some scholarships & extra help along the way too if you work hard.

Anonymous said: Do you have any tips for alleviating soreness in the calves/inner thighs? I just started my new dance class (twice a week) and my legs are taking a beating

Hm, a few ideas:
- ensure you’re warming up & warming down thoroughly (PS warming up doesn’t mean stretching).
- eat a banana, especially if there’s cramping, the potassium might help.
- take a warm bath when you get home & apply some peppermint oil lotion after to calm your muscles (I have Mama Bee Leg & Foot Creme by Burt’s Bees & it’s lovely).

Enjoy your new class!