Michelle Rodriguez, Healer of the Ballet Elite

DANCER DAVID HALLBERG winces as he lunges forward and thrusts the handgrips of two pulleys out in front of his chest. “Curl. Now, big yawn,” says Michelle Rodriguez, founder of Manhattan Physio Group, as he reverses the motion in her office space. “Up, up, up—stay there.” Hallberg exhales with the effort. “Good. And come back. Better?” “It’s all painful to me,” says Hallberg, smiling grimly.

Rodriguez, 39, began working with Hallberg, a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, after he dislocated his shoulder 10...

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Is It Better to Be a Workout Minimalist or Maximalist?

If you were to take a poll of the world’s longest, most lithe bodies on their workout routines, you’d likely find that these women are equally divided among two categories: those deeply devoted to feeling the burn, or the ones who, maddeningly, never seem to put on gym clothes. So it makes sense that when you do your New Year’s check-in with your body, you might find yourself torn between aligning with the Gwyneth Paltrows of the world—those who emulate the woman 

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Foot Stretches to Counteract High Heels

Michelle Rodriguez kicked off her career as a professional ballerina and scholarship student at The School of America Ballet, before throwing over her pointe shoes for the physical therapy program at Rutgers. But she hasn’t gone far from the world of flexibility, mobility, alignment, and performance. For more than a decade, she’s been rehabilitating professional dancers (Alvin Ailey School, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied’s Danses Concertantes) and all of us wannabees (she worked intensively with Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and her practice, Manhattan Physio Group,

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New Year's Beauty Resolution of the Week: Vogue's Ally Betker Takes On Her Poor Posture

In late October, Vogue.com Culture Editor Thessaly LaForce and I were reviewing images for a story about making moonshine, for which, as the writer, I had gamely posed alongside barrels of fermented grains. “You’re such a huncher!” she observed, pointing to my sloping back and droopy shoulders. This was hardly news to me. Over the past decade, I’ve tried everything from regular appointments with a chiropractor to Post-It note reminders in an attempt to correct my poor posture.

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Natalie Portman: Going Dark For Thriller 'Black Swan'

This interview was originally broadcast on November 30, 2010. Natalie Portman is nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan

Natalie Portman studied ballet from the ages 4 to 12, at which point she turned her focus to her acting career. That early training helped prepare her for her latest role, as a ballerina with a (very) dark side in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller Black Swan.

"As a child, I idealized [ballet] because, as a little girl, you just think of it as this pretty, light, delicate and feminine thing," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "You see how much darker the world is when you're immersed in it."

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