4 Ideas to Help Stay Inspired When Away from the Studio

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With our daily lifestyles changing so dramatically in order to help halt the spread of COVID-19, it can be challenging to stay motivated and inspired. So we’ve assembled a list with a few helpful resources, activities and ideas to help our community of dancers and dance-lovers cope while practicing social distancing.

Catch up on City Ballet: The Podcast

If you haven’t listened to New York City Ballet’s podcast, this is the perfect time to start. Covering topics that range from the history of SAB and the Company, to interviews with dancers and choreographers, to live-recordings of the NYCB Orchestra’s enlightening series ‘See The Music,’ NYCB’s podcast is a treasure trove of inspiring stories and information. The series has 3 seasons of episodes to enjoy, each with rotating hosts that include Wendy Whelan and Silas Farley.

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Chill out to some of the best classical ballet music

Most dancers and dance-lovers will agree that music is one of the most powerful and inspiring things on this earth. Taking a few minutes to listen to some of the best ballet music while closing your eyes and visualizing the steps can be relaxing and rejuvenating. To help get you started, we’ve put together our own Spotify playlist with an assortment of relaxing pieces you can listen to right now!

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Read a ballet book

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a good book. And a good ballet book? Well, that’s the ultimate way to wind down after a long day and a great way to expand your knowledge of dance history. Pointe Magazine recently compiled a list of eight books to add to your stuck-at-home reading list and it’s a great resource for some fabulous ballet reads!

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Watch clips from classic ballets on YouTube

Nowadays there are so many fantastic videos from legendary ballet performances available to watch on YouTube. Nothing is quite as inspiring as watching one of your favorite dancers perform a pas de deux or variation you love. We suggest starting with NYCB’s Anatomy of a Dance playlist for snippets of amazing repertoire accompanied by dancer commentary that provides real insight into the work.

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