Dancer to Dancer
Lesley Rausch with Jonathan Porretta in Balanchine's Prodigal Son (Lindsay Thomas, courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet)

From meditation to Pilates to Drake playlists, no two preshow rituals include exactly the same ingredients. But just like bakers following a recipe, most dancers follow a very specific—and very important—routine before every performance. We asked six pros to share what they do precurtain to make sure they're at their best onstage.

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