Beat Bug Bites
Beat the Bite
Summer is in full swing, but before you load up your camping gear for the weekend, think about this: It’s Monday morning, you have a full day of rehearsal and you’re covered in bug bites. Ugh! Don’t worry—we can help you ditch the itch with natural bug-bite remedies. Try these simple solutions to help you stop scratching.
Mix one teaspoon of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of a base oil, like vegetable or olive, and rub onto affected areas for instant relief.
Why it works: Lavender oil is an antiseptic that stops itching and reduces swelling. You can buy it at any health food store.
Apply a tiny dollop of toothpaste to each bite and cover with a bandage to relieve itching.
Why it works: Toothpaste dries out the bite, alleviating irritation.
Rub a slice of raw onion on the bite until the pain eases.
Why it works: Onions contain enzymes that are able to break down the pain-causing chemical your body releases in response to the bite. They’re also a great source of quercetin, a chemical that reduces inflammation.
Use a teaspoon of meat tenderizer powder and several drops of water to make a paste that you can apply to your bites to soothe pain.
Why it works: Meat tenderizer contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins in insect venom.
Tip: To avoid getting bitten, don't wear perfume.
Did You Know?
It’s not just blond hair that can be damaged by the chlorine, copper and other chemicals found in swimming pool water. Although blondes may get the worst of it (bright green hair!), all hair types and hues can become dried out and faded when exposed to these chemicals. Avoid looking like a rock star gone wrong by spraying a lightweight conditioner, like Kenra Daily Provision, on your locks before jumping in the pool. For bleached blondes, we recommend a stronger formula: Reflect H20 Swim Shampoo.
It’s amazing what cute toes can do for tired, sore feet, especially when you can show them off in a pair of summer sandals. Follow these quick and easy steps for fabulous feet in no time!
Step 1: Disinfect your feet and remove any previous polish. We love All About Feet Massaging Foot Soap. It cleanses and relaxes at the same time.
Step 2: Use a pumice stone to smooth your heels and remove dead skin, but be sure to leave those hard-earned calluses, especially if you often dance barefoot or on pointe.
Step 3: Lather on a heavy-duty moisturizer, focusing on the driest patches of your feet.Paint your toenails with a bright, summery polish. Our pick: OPI’s Big Apple Red.
Quick Tip: It’s sweltering outside, so your sweat glands are working overtime to keep your body cool. Prevent nasty breakouts by using a towel (instead of your hands!) to wipe off your sweat.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
Getting corrections from our dance instructors is how we grow, and as students, it's important that we do our best to apply every correction right away. But sometimes—whether it's because we're in physical pain, or have a lot on our minds, or are just not paying attention—those corrections don't sink in. And from a teacher's standpoint, giving the same corrections time and time again gets old very fast. Here are 10 important corrections dance teachers are tired of giving. Take them to heart!
The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
When we think of a dancer who's broken barriers, American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland tends to be the name that comes to mind. And though Copeland has been a crucial advocate for equality in the world of ballet, Raven Wilkinson—a mentor of Copeland's—is considered one of the original pioneers of the movement.
In 1955, Wilkinson became the first African American to dance with the renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her fortitude in the face of bigotry and hate cemented her legacy. Now, with the release of the new children's book Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson, a new generation of dancers will be inspired by her tale of overcoming obstacles to achieve a dream.
The book details Wilkinson's life, from her experience as a young dancer training in Harlem, to her run-ins with the Ku Klux Klan while on tour with Ballet Russe, to her later ballet career in Europe. "There were times where my heart really hurt because of the situations I had to deal with," she says. "But I always had faith that I was made to be a dancer and that I was gonna dance."
Dance Spirit spoke with Wilkinson to discuss the new book and get her take on racial equality within the ballet world.
Postmodern pioneer Trisha Brown redefined how dance is seen and felt. A founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Brown frequently collaborated with other experimental artists like Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, and Steve Paxton.
She embraced pedestrian movement, pairing everyday gesture with rhythm and fluidity. "It's liquid," says Wendy Perron, who danced with Brown in the '60s and '70s. "Like a river with many tributaries, water coming out of a faucet, or being on a raft and seeing the water move away in different directions." Brown also pushed beyond stages with choreography in fields, museums—even on the sides of buildings.
There's a common misconception that a dancer's body has to be thin. But the truth is that talent knows no body type, and the number on the scale never determines an artist's capabilities. Here are some extraordinary dancers fighting the stereotype of what a dancer "should" look like.