Magazine article Pointe

Inside Ashley Bouder's Dance Bag

Magazine article Pointe

Inside Ashley Bouder's Dance Bag

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If you peek inside Ashley Bouder's dance bag, you'll see a whole lot of purple. "It's my favorite color." says the New York City Ballet principal, pointing to her Chacott garbage pants and a special pair of chunky, homemade legwarmers. "I made these after I had my baby. Violet." She also keeps accessories in a purple, elephant-patterned Serengetee pouch. "They have fabrics from all over the world, and part of the profits go to charity." she says. "I like buying something for a good cause."

Bouder's bright red bag also houses lots of balls and therapy tools to help her body get through the day. "I have two types of rollers for my quads and IT bands-one that I can lie on and another that I use with my hands." she says. Her most unusual item, however, is an acupressure mat that's covered in spiky, plastic discs. "It's kind of a torture device, but it increases blood flow. …

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