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.
There are dancers and then there are DANCERS! Whitney Jensen, soloist at Norwegian National Ballet, is the latter. The former Boston Ballet principal can do it all. From contemporary to the classics this prima has the technical talent most bunheads dream about. Need proof? Look no further.
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's dance inducing hit, "Despacito," is so catchy it should probably come with a disclaimer that warns people of an uncontrollable itch to tap your feet or bob your head. Some might even feel inclined to go all out and break it down. Niana Guerrero is a prime example of "Despacito's" uncanny ability to unleash the red dressed emoji dancer within. 💃🏽 💃🏽
Guys, we all knew this was coming—"World of Dance" was eventually going to eliminate someone. But man, is it brutal to watch these talented dancers give their all, only to be sent home. It's the name of the game, though, and after last night's episode, only two dancers per division remain. (At least Misty Copeland guest-judging was a silver lining!) Here's what went down last night:
They've impressed the judges, now it's time for the Top 100 dancers to enroll at The Academy—and to impress the All-Stars. Welcome to So You Think You Can Dance Academy!
The 100 dancers who made it through auditions in NYC or L.A. are now at The Academy, which is basically a beautiful building with floor-to-ceiling windows. The show opens with that Mandy Moore-choreographed Academy routine which, even after watching it 12 times and trying to learn all the choreography at home, is still delightful.
This Nationals season, Dance Spirit followed four talented dancers from The Dance Awards, NYCDA, Showstopper, and Starpower for an inside look at everything that goes into the biggest competitions of the year. First up: Isabella Torres from Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts in Baltimore, MD, who competed at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals for the first time this year. (All photos courtesy Shannon Torres.)
Merritt Moore is a ballerina who just so happens to be graduating from Oxford University with a PhD in quantum physics. Is she even human? The jury is still out on that - but the 29-year-old, who earned her undergrad degree from Harvard, has actually found dance to be a powerful tool that assists her in her studies.
Happy #WorldEmojiDay, dance friends! 🎉 👯 🎉 👯
Because it's just the cutest, we thought we'd share the emoji challenge the Royal Opera House is currently hosting on Twitter. They've retold a series of ballets (and operas, for that crowd) in emoji form. If you correctly guess the name of a ballet, you'll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to a ROH production.