Your Body

Energy Bars, Lip Balms and more!

The Best Bar For Your Bod

What’s the deal with energy bars? You asked, and we answered. The DS team did a seven-bar taste test, then consulted Elaine Winslow-Redmond, MS, ATC, EMT-B, the trainer and wellness coach for the Radio City Rockettes, to investigate the nutritional value in each bar.—Ashley Rivers

Clif Bar: Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch

DS: “Tastes like peanut butter. Extremely chewy.”

Elaine: “With 42 grams of energy-providing carbs and 11 grams of muscle replenishing protein, this bar has a great balance. But your body may use up the 21 grams of sugar too quickly, causing a low-energy crash.”


Larabar: Chocolate Coconut

DS: “It’s brownie-like and surprisingly fruity for a chocolate-flavored bar.”

Elaine: “The sugar content is high [18 grams], and there is no sodium. If you sweat, you lose sodium, which can cause muscle cramps.”

Kashi: Chocolate Caramel

DS: “It tastes like a Rice Krispies treat with chocolate at the bottom.”

Elaine: “This is one of my favorites. It’s low in calories [only 150], high-fiber [6 grams] and has a great carb-to-protein ratio [28 grams carbs to 8 grams protein]. The whole grains are a bonus.”

Zone: Chocolate Caramel Cluster

DS: “Tastes like a crispy Whatchamacallit candy bar.”

Elaine: “With only 1 gram, the fiber content is low. 25 to 30 grams of fiber a day is ideal.”

Odwalla: Choco-walla

DS: “It has a nice gooey-chewy texture and a chocolatey, fruity taste.”

Elaine: “With low protein [4 grams] and high sugar [16 grams], it’s not a great post-dance choice.”

Luna: Chocolate Peppermint Stick

DS: “Minty deliciousness! Candy or energy bar?”

Elaine: “Con: only 3 grams of fiber. Pros: 13 grams of sugar is pretty low, and it’s made with 70 percent organic products.”

Kind: Fruit and Nut Delight

DS: “It tastes like a mix of peanut brittle and jam.”

Elaine: “Another one I like a lot. It’s all-natural and wheat-free. It has little sugar [11.5 grams] and some fats [10.9 grams], but they’re monounsaturated, which help reduce bad cholesterol. There are also no trans fats—a big bonus.”

Bar Basics

Look For:

- A bar that mimics a well-rounded meal, with 60 percent or more carbs, 30 percent protein and less than 10 percent fat.

- 5 to 7 grams of fiber.

- Fewer than 15 grams of sugar (the lower, the better).

- Some sodium (The Dietetics Association recommends 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day).

Luscious Lips

Are your lips dry and chapped despite the layers of lip balm you’ve been slathering on? You may be missing an essential key on your path to smooth, kissable lips: the right ingredients! When choosing a balm, check labels for beeswax and coconut oil, which will soothe and heal cracked lips. Avoid flavored balms because the tastier your lips are, the more likely you’ll be to lick the balm off, causing more cracking. If you have especially sensitive lips, stay away from formulas with phenol and camphor, which are found in most medicated lip balms and can actually irritate chapped lips. We love Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. It contains all the ingredients listed above, so it will help you get your lips looking

soft and smooth!—Michael Anne Bailey

Did You Know?

Being in love can reduce your risk of catching a cold! Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who feel happiness from love are less likely to get sick when they’re exposed to cold or flu viruses. So if the cute guy in your high school production asks you to be his Valentine, say yes!

Research suggests that frequent texting may cause neck pain because your head is always bent down. Stretch your neck muscles by doing a few slow head rolls, or just pick up the phone to make an old-fashioned call!

Photo by Nathan Sayers

Dance News
Photo by Jayme Thornton

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.

Keep reading... Show less

Leap! National Dance Competition offers dancers of all skill levels an opportunity to showcase their talents in an event where the focus is on fun and competing is just a bonus!

Keep reading... Show less
Dancer to Dancer

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!

Keep reading... Show less
Dancer to Dancer
Ballet BC's Alexis Fletcher says experimenting with structured improv can make you more comfortable with risk. (Michael Slobodian, courtesy Ballet BC)

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.

Keep reading... Show less
Screenshot via YouTube

Look out, 'cause here they come!

Keep reading... Show less
Dance News

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.

Keep reading... Show less
Dancer to Dancer
Leah Morrison in Trisha Brown's If You Couldn't See Me, in which the soloist never faces the audience (photo by Julia Cervantes, courtesy Trisha Brown Dance Company)

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.

Keep reading... Show less
Blankenbuehler (far left) with the rest of the "Hamilton" creative team

So book your tickets to Tulsa already, people!

Keep reading... Show less
Your Body
Amanda LaCount showing off her skills (screenshot via YouTube)

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.

Keep reading... Show less
Watch This
Angela Sterling, courtesy PNB

Mark your calendars, bunheads! On Monday, January 29th, at 2:45 PM (EST)/11:45 AM (PST), Pacific Northwest Ballet will be streaming a live rehearsal of Act II of Kent Stowell's Swan Lake.

Keep reading... Show less


Want to Be on Our Cover?





Get Dance Spirit in your inbox