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.
And that's a wrap on "Dancing with the Stars" Season 24, ladies and gents! It's certainly been one for the books. From injuries to shocking eliminations, let's just say Season 24 has had its emotional ups and downs. But despite all that, the season made for some seriously phenom dancing and some killer performances. And as usual, we've loved watching every second of those cha chas, foxtrots, and waltzes.
Let's get right to the exciting stuff, though: Last night's winning couple of "Dancing with the Stars" is...
Nearly 80,000 dance-loving Instagram followers can't be wrong: Quinn Starner is one to watch. And what's just as impressive as the 15-year-old's rabid online following is her ever-growing list of competition accolades. Quinn, who trains at Indiana Ballet Conservatory and Stars Dance Company, been named first runner-up at The Dance Awards for two years in a row (as a junior and a teen); was the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Teen National Champion; earned first place in contemporary and third place in the classical division at Youth America Grand Prix Regionals in Pittsburgh last year; has won the Grand Prix Award at ADC|IBC; and was a gold medalist at World Ballet Art Competition Grand Prix. Plus, she made it to the Academy round on last year's "So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation," and has performed as Clara in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Here's what Quinn has to say about her favorite songs, teachers, and career highlights.
Want a chance to get personally involved in the HOTLY anticipated TV show "World of Dance"? Of course you do. That's why J. Lo. and the rest of the "WOD" team have launched an interactive version of the upcoming NBC series that lets Snapchatters get in on the action.
On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.