Last April, the School at Steps, a division of Steps on Broadway in NYC, held its first High-Performance Recipe Contest as part of its Healthy Body Workshop. Dancers across the country were invited to submit their favorite healthy snack recipes. Check out the winning recipe from Annie S. in Overland Park, KS, and the runner-up from Julie Magruder in NYC.
Cream Cheese Spread and Cucumbers on Crackers
Preparation time: 10 minutes
• 8 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese
• 2 tablespoons dill weed
• Dashes of garlic powder, dried onion flakes and/or salt
• 1/2 cucumber, cut into 8 slices
• 8 low-sodium saltine crackers
Preparation Instructions: Mash the cream cheese, dill, garlic powder, onion flakes and salt with a fork until well mixed. Spread the mixture evenly over the saltine crackers and top each cracker with a cucumber slice. Enjoy!
Annie says: This is perfect for when you need a yummy, healthy and filling snack!
Dance Star Shake
Preparation time: 15 minutes
• 4 teaspoons wheat germ
• 3 ice cubes
• 1 medium orange
• 2 peaches (or pears, if you prefer)
• 12 strawberries
• 2 large bananas
• 5 tablespoons yogurt, any flavor
Preparation Instructions: Cut the stems off the strawberries, core the peaches and peel the bananas and orange. Place the ice cubes in a blender and blend until crushed. Add the fruit, yogurt and wheat germ and blend the mixture to your desired consistency.
Julie says: This snack is excellent when you’re rushing to class because you can take it on the road with you. It’s very refreshing and tasty—enjoy!
Got The Munchies? Try Our Favorite Healthy Snacks
A small, baked sweet potato with a dash of brown sugar —Michael Anne Bailey, assistant/fashion editor
A piece of whole-wheat flatbread with jalapeño hummus —Margaret Fuhrer, associate editor
Carrot and celery sticks with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar and salt and pepper sprinkled on top —Kate Lydon, editor in chief
Homemade trail mix that includes whole-grain cereal, raisins, unsalted almonds, dry roasted peanuts and dark chocolate M&Ms —Alison Feller, deputy editor in chief
A sliced tomato from my garden, topped with salt and pepper —Colleen Bohen, managing editor
Baby carrots and sliced bell pepper dipped in spicy hummus —Katie Rolnick, associate editor
Munching on a healthy treat when you begin to feel hungry is a great way to keep from overeating later. Be sure to pack a few non-perishable snacks in your dance bag before you leave for class.
It's time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we're hosting a contest to find out who's the best turner of them all.
Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. And if our editors think you're the top turner, you'll win a fabulous prize.
All of 18-year-old Kaylin Maggard's dreams—from scoring the title of National Senior Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals to winning the 2017 Dance Spirit Cover Model Search—are coming true. And to anyone who knows the gorgeous contemporary dancer, that's no surprise.
From the moment the Dance Spirit staff met Kaylin, it was obvious her humility and talent would take her far. Not only did she go full-out during the photo shoot and class at Broadway Dance Center, but she was always cheering on, laughing with, and supporting her fellow CMS contestants Haley Hartsfield and Michelle Quiner. During the voting period, the social media world was abuzz with praise for her work ethic, positive attitude, and generosity.
Since her CMS trip to NYC, Kaylin's moved from her hometown of Columbia, MO, to the Big Apple for her freshman year at Juilliard, and is busy getting acquainted with the city. As for the future? She's taking it one opportunity at a time, but something tells us we'll be seeing this contemporary queen reach new heights every year.
J.Crew's putting a whole new spin on its brand —literally. The popular clothing line's inspired ad campaign has a group of cute male models showing off their best moves in a series of playful dance battles. When we saw one of those models throw down the gauntlet with a rather impressive series of chaîné turns, we knew he had to be a trained dancer, and we were right: He's former New York City Ballet corps member Joshua Thew. Dancer and model Smith Reesie also shows off in a seriously impressive freestyle.
It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.
Koine. Kiki. Lex. Taylor. Welcome to the fight to the finale!
On last night's show—the last one before the last one—the Top 4 performed roughly one million times, including an opening number, a group routine, a solo, an All Star duet (a favorite from earlier in the season), and a routine paired with a fellow contestant. And best of all: No one went home! (Yet.) Here's a rundown of all the good stuff.
Fourteen-year-old Kennadi Boese is a teenage dance superhero. For one thing, she's successfully living a double life. One day, she's studying dance and going to school in Colorado like a normal teenager; the next, she's booking major L.A. gigs like the Kids' Choice Sports Awards. It's not just Kennadi's schedule that's super-powered: Her turns are effortless and endless, and she's crazy-versatile (flamenco, anyone?).