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Nutrition with Arianna Ciccarelli

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arianna Ciccarelli

If you’ve been curious about how a ballet dancer eats, keep scrolling to find out from Arianna Ciccarelli. She also shares some of her favorite recipes!

My nutrition plan varies from rehearsal weeks to performance weeks but it looks something like this:

Rehearsal day

Breakfast 6:45 a.m.
Coffee
Chia seed pudding

Snack 11 a.m.
Kashi granola bar

Lunch 2 p.m.
Hard-boiled egg
Toast with avocado

Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Quinoa roasted vegetables and baked chicken

9 p.m.
Dark chocolate or popcorn

Performance day

Breakfast 7 a.m.
Decaf coffee on performance days
Oatmeal with almond butter and banana

Snack 11 a.m.
Cucumber and hummus

Lunch 3 p.m.
Berry smoothie with protein powder

Snack 5 p.m.
 (last snack until after a performance so I have a lot of time to digest)
A handful of pretzels
Piece of chocolate

Dinner 10 p.m. (after show)
Chicken or vegetable curry

Banana Chia Seed pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup  milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mash up the banana with a fork until all the lumps are gone. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Enjoy!

Lentil Spinach Coconut Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 tin coconut milk (14 fl. oz.)
  • 1 cup water or vegetable stock
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • Juice of half a lemon (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander (optional)
  • salt to taste

Method

  1. In a large lidded pan or skillet, heat olive oil over a medium heat and add onions. Sauté until softened, about 4-5 mins. Add Garlic and ginger, and cook for a minute longer
  2. Add the curry powder, cumin and cayenne pepper to the pan and give everything a good stir so the onions are coated in the spices.
  3. Next, add the lentils, coconut milk, water (or stock), and cover. Gently simmer for about 20 minutes stirring frequently (I find that my lentils stick to the bottom of the pan otherwise). If the mixture looks dry at any point, stir in a few more splashes of water.
  4. After 20 mins, fold in the spinach and cook for a minute or two more until the spinach wilts. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your pan
  5. Finally add lemon juice and coriander if using, and adjust the seasonings to taste.
  6. Serve with rice or naan.

What’s the most important food in a dancer’s nutrition?

Every person and dancer responds differently to every food! I think that is most important to just listen to your body and plan your meal plan accordingly. Many people assume that dancers are all on crazy diets, but moderation is the only “diet” I live by.  We exercise 6 hours a day, and because of this I need to eat a healthy balanced diet, however I never deny myself of any food! I have a major sweet tooth and probably have chocolate of some sort every day!

Ballet Off Season with Domenico Luciano

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Domenico Luciano by Allen Birnbach

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Domenico Luciano to talk about how he spends his summers off.

What were some highlights for you this season?

Swan Lake. It was my first time dancing the Prince in the full version so definitely that. I enjoyed Petite Mort and Serenade. Also, The Nutcracker was great because of unfortunate injuries, I got to dance with two different partners so I got to experience the stage for more shows.

What did you learn this year?

To keep doing what I’m doing, to focus and work hard and to trust that things will get better.

What are you plans this summer?

I’ll be guesting with Oakland Ballet in May for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I’ll be playing the role of Oberon. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not familiar with the company, so I’m excited to meet new people and experience a new company and learn and share with them.

Do you have any travel plans?

I’m trying to go to Italy to visit my family early July.

How do you stay in shape during the off season?

I try to take class every day, yoga, go to the gym, lift weights, and eat better. It’s very important to try to stay in shape during time off, it makes it easier to come back to a full schedule. With age, you learn and gain experience and I learned over the years it’s best to be disciplined and keep it going rather than to let it go and try to pick back up again. It’s easier to maintain and stay in shape through the summer and it helps with injuries.

Words for the summer

Swim suits, speedo and sun!

Stay tuned for more from our dancers on their summer plans!

Ballet Off Season with Tracy Jones

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

After a record-breaking season packed with four incredible productions, you can imagine a dancer needs time to recoup and relax. I sat down with Tracy Jones to talk about how she spends her summer off.

First, what were some highlights for you this season?

For me the biggest highlight was Ballet Masterworks, especially dancing Serenade. It was huge for me because it was the first big ballet I did on stage over ten years ago. To be back doing it again and doing a principal part was a great experience. Also, Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort has been on my ballet bucket list forever. In the past, it’s been hard selling tickets to Ballet Masterworks, so to see the audience’s reactions was amazing. People always enjoy it but it never gets as much credit as it should and I feel this time, it really showed Denver not only those masterworks but also what Colorado Ballet can do and the talent we have here. It was really rewarding. 

What did you learn about yourself this season?

This season, I had the attitude of I need to do this for me and for the audience more so. The past couple of years, I’ve been very worried about what people think of me as a dancer or what the staff think. My focus was on doing really well for other people instead of remembering why I do this art form and that’s essentially for me and sharing that with the audience. That was the mentality I applied to this season. Also, that hard work does pay off. Hard work and perseverance will get you results. 

So, what are your summer plans?

We start with Fancy Footwork in the first week of the off-season, which is a show the dancers put on themselves. That’s always fun to be involved in. Also, Francisco and I have a lot of teachings scheduled at different summer intensives and I’ll be helping Francisco with his photo shoots this summer.

We also dance with a Sacred Dance Ensemble, which combines ballet with ancient rituals and brings it together. Every summer we do it for about 5 weeks. It’s nice because it breaks the summer up and it gives you a chance to dance in the middle of the layoff. I am also the marketing coordinator of that company, which is exciting because I can explore a different side. It’s fun to explore that creativity which is why I like the off-season, you get to do things you’re sometimes too busy to do during the rest of the year.

We bought a new house so we’ll be moving and furniture shopping which I love to do.

Stay tuned next week to hear from Domenico Luciano on how he spends his summer!

9News Storytellers: principal dancer retiring after 21 years with Colorado

Monday, April 10, 2017

This story about Colorado Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Mosina's retirement appeared on 9News' Storytellers segment.

Fancy Footwork 2017 | Colorado Ballet

Friday, March 24, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for Fancy Footwork on April 8 featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

Video featuring Tracy Jones, produced by the dancers of Colorado Ballet.

The dancers of Colorado Ballet present Fancy Footwork

Friday, March 17, 2017

Join the dancers of Colorado Ballet for an exciting show featuring pieces chosen by the dancers themselves at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Black Box Theater at the Armstrong Center for Dance, 1075 Santa Fe Drive.  Selections will range from excerpts of the great classics to new contemporary works by choreographers within the Colorado Ballet family.

Guests attending the evening performance will also have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences, in a silent auction, tailored by the Colorado Ballet dancers.  The cost is $25 and seating for both performances is limited.  All proceeds from the event will go towards Colorado Ballet’s career transition fund, Next Step.

We hope you will join us for what will surely be a great day of dancing and fun!

Click here to purchase tickets to the 2 p.m. performance.

Click here to purchase tickets to the 7 p.m. performance.

Tracy Jones by Francisco Estevez Photography

Love At The Ballet: Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hear from three couples at Colorado Ballet:

The Married Couple: Francisco Estevez and Tracy Jones

  

The Engaged Couple: Kevin Gael Thomas and Sara VanderVoort

 

The Dating Couple: Sean Omandam and Tyler Rhoads  

Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Tracy Jones and Domenico Luciano

http://coloradoballet.org

Artist Spotlight: Francisco Estevez

Monday, January 30, 2017

A profile of Colorado Ballet soloist Francisco Estevez.

 

This video features Francisco Estevez, Dana Benton, Sharon Wehner, and Artists of Colorado Ballet.

Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Dana Benton

Sunday, January 08, 2017


Colorado Ballet - Where Athlete Meets Art - featuring Principal Dana Benton
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