Healthy Valentine's Day Treats
Happy, Healthy Valentine's Day!
Everyone deserves to indulge on V-Day, but an entire heart-shaped box of chocolates isn’t the best post-rehearsal snack. whip up one of these (healthier) chocolaty treats that will leave you and your friends satisfied and feeling great.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Dark chocolate is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants and strawberries are a great source of vitamin C—a perfect combo! Dip strawberries in melted chocolate and place them on wax paper in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. Feeling fancy? Drizzle dipped strawberries with melted white chocolate.
Layer a small piece of dark chocolate, a marshmallow and three raspberries between two graham crackers and microwave for 7–10 seconds. Mmmm!
Dark Chocolate Nut Bark
Melt 12 ounces of dark chocolate chips and stir in 2.5 cups of your favorite nuts (we love an almond, cashew and pistachio mix). Pour the mixture into a parchment-lined 9-by-13–inch dish and refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm. Break into pieces and enjoy!
Festive Fruit Kabobs
Skewer your favorite red and pink fruits—such as watermelon, strawberries, raspberries and red grapes—and serve with low-fat whipped cream
and melted dark chocolate for dipping.
Looking for a super–low-fat, low-calorie option? Try a slice of angel food cake topped with strawberries and low-fat Cool Whip, drizzled with melted dark chocolate.
Remember: Moderation is key!
Having fresh flowers in your home can improve your emotional health. In fact, a study at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, found that flowers have an immediate, as well as long-term, positive impact on happiness levels. So this Valentine’s Day, don’t wait for your honey to bring you a bouquet—buy some beautiful blooms and give yourself a boost.
Cut the Cold
You’re less likely to get a cold if you exercise at least 5 times a week, according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Translation: Regularly taking class—jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, modern—could cut your risk of catching a cold by nearly 50 percent.
Did You Know?
Eating pineapple may help ease the aches and pains you feel after a long rehearsal. That’s because this juicy fruit contains bromelain, an enzyme that can reduce inflammation and promote wound healing. Plus, pineapple is a great source of vitamin C. Try stirring some into your yogurt for a healthy and delicious treat.
Quick Tip: Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that you can improve your brainpower by walking just six miles a week. So instead of hopping in your car to go to class, walk. Your mind will thank you when you try to remember that tough petit allégro!
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!
Summer intensive auditions can be nerve-racking. A panel of directors is watching your every move, and you're not even sure if you can be seen among the hundreds of other dancers in the room. We asked five summer intensive directors for their input on how dancers can make a positive impression—and even be remembered next year.
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.
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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.
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We always love a good halftime performance. And we LIVE for halftime performances involving talented kids. (Fingers and toes crossed that Justin Timberlake follows Missy Elliott's lead and invites some fabulous littles to share his Super Bowl stage.)
So obviously, our hearts completely melted for 5-year-old Tavaris Jones. Tavaris may have just started kindergarten, but during Monday night's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, the Detroit native danced with the panache of a veteran pro at halftime.