Category Archives: Wellness
Joan Oberndorf | October 19th, 2017 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

We all love to get a massage when our bodies are sore and tired, but sometimes because of time or finances (or both) this isn’t possible. The solution? A variety of tools that you can use on your own to ease knotted muscles, overworked feet, and more. Some of them only require a little ingenuity […]

Joan Oberndorf | August 14th, 2017 | Posted in Community, News, Wellness

It’s time to get back to dance. The end of summer traditionally means “back to school”-but for many it also means a return to our regular dance routine too. Chances are you danced more (studio intensives, camps, summer programs away) less (studio hiatus, time at the beach), or even both during the summer months. Either way […]

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | August 17th, 2014 | Posted in News, People, Wellness

Lythe, long and strong would be some words that may describe River North Dance Chicago‘s Gretchen LaWall* in action, either on stage or in the classroom. Recently, I had the pleasure of viewing her Fletcher Pilates® class at River North’s Teen Intensive. There was a quiet but fierce depth of concentration in the room as dancers […]

Claire Bauman | January 24th, 2014 | Posted in Events, News, People, Uncategorized, Wellness

A week ago, I took my first ballet class in roughly seven months. That’s the longest break I’ve taken from ballet with the exception of my Achilles injury and that time I don’t remember when I stopped ballet for a year when I was six. But otherwise, I’ve been continually dancing for the past 16 years and it’s […]

Claire Bauman | December 18th, 2013 | Posted in News, People, Wellness

Looking for a way to keep your young dancers active over the winter break? Eager for a healthy alternative to video games and TV during the long days without school and dance class? Look no further! River North Dance Chicago is running the city’s only two-day mini camp, Chance to Dance! Created for young movers […]

Jennifer Becker | May 12th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Now that we are officially past the winter season, it is starting to get pretty hot out quickly.  Many dancers love this time of year. It’s a time when warming up is easier and staying warm isn’t even a question.  The one downside is that now we are sweating more and for longer periods of […]

Joan Oberndorf | May 8th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Pain in the sole of your foot is no fun. Why it happens and ways to deal. Foot pain is…a pain (duh) but can be especially worrying when you’re a dancer.  Pain in the plantar (or bottom) surface of your foot can range from mild soreness to highly uncomfortable, and can potentially put you on […]

Jennifer Becker | April 13th, 2013 | Posted in How To, Wellness

Every once in a while a dancer is faced with with many weeks or months without a day off. Whether that is rehearsing, performing, teaching or all three it can be pretty draining on the mind and body. There are a few ways that you can make sure to take care of all of you. […]

Jennifer Becker | March 12th, 2013 | Posted in How To, Wellness

Every dancer has that time when the skin on the bottom of their feet splits.  Usually it’s pretty uncomfortable and often can be downright painful.  There aren’t too many things you can do to prevent such a split, but there are some things you can do to help the healing process . . . Keep […]

Joan Oberndorf | March 11th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Be kind to your feet and they will treat you well. Work Those Feet A strong foot is a happy foot-and less prone to injury.  Ergo, happy feet make happy (and less injured) dancers.  Unfortunately, I often find that dancers don’t really know how to accomplish this-habits develop, feet sickle, and…no need to finish this […]