?I remember that nothing felt as good as the progress a summer intensive created. Several classes a day, 6 days a week. Exhaustion, hot and humid weather, but no academic school. Complete focus on ballet, and then running off to extra modern dance classes in the evenings too. (Gosh, how did I do all that?!!!) The evenings at the school residence were spent darning all the extra pointe shoes we needed for the summer course, and getting ready for the next day. This summer there are some extra workshops scheduled for any teacher or dance student interested in functional anatomy - "FUNctional Anatomy" in Deborah Vogel's title of her book series (with co-author Anneliese Burns Wilson). Deborah Vogel is a dancer, author, and master teacher who conducts workshops across the U.S. for both student and professional dancers. From a recent e-mail: "Announcements The venues have been set! Here is the listing of the cities and contact information of my summer workshop tour. The full workshop information will be posted online soon - and I will send a notice out when it is viewable. Contact the sponsors ASAP to save a slot, as registration will be cut off at 25 participants per workshop! 7/07/07 Santa Fe, NM, Contact: Audrey Derrell, email@example.com (10 - 1pm) 7/08/07 Albuquerque, NM, Contact: Cecelia Jaramillo, firstname.lastname@example.org (1-4pm) 7/12/07 Paso Robles, CA, Contact: Cheryle Armstrong, email@example.com (5-8pm) 7/14/07 Berkeley, CA, Contact: Elizabeth Godfrey, firstname.lastname@example.org (9am - noon) 7/14/07 Berkeley, CA, Contact: Karen Olson, email@example.com (2-5 pm) 7/18/07 Elko, NV, Contact: Yong Pratt, firstname.lastname@example.org (1-4 pm)" So the contacts are above for more info. I'm going to repeat my recipe for a multi-mineral homemade electrolyte drink here. It's fantastic for keeping the blood balanced and the strength up: Freshly squeezed lemons (probably about 6 per 4 quarts of water) Maple syrup to taste Pinch or so of cayenne pepper (that's where the minerals are) Filtered water to dilute to taste. Dancers tend to disregard recovery time for muscles and summer is especially intense. Please eat good lean proteins and fresh foods - minimize junk food. For muscles soreness and cramps try "A to B Calm", a calcium-magnesium powder you dissolve in hot water. It tastes chalky so you can cool it with fruit juice. The so-so taste is really worth the relief from pain. You will find it at a health food store. Enjoy! Dianne M. Buxton is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada. She continued dance training at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Toronto Dance Theatre. She taught at, and choreographed for The National Ballet School, York University, and George Brown College, in Canada, and taught at Harvard University in the U.S. provides articles on exactly the right fit for ballet shoes and pointe shoes, dance DVDs, books, fitness and more.