Hydrate for Happiness/Eat Healthy Out/Antiperspirant Tips
Do you often find yourself feeling tired, grumpy and ready to leave the studio, even though you still have three hours of rehearsal? You may need to take a water break. According to a new study published in The Journal of Nutrition, mild dehydration can put you in a bad mood and cause fatigue and headaches. Stay healthy and happy in rehearsal by hydrating throughout the day and in the studio. —Michael Anne Bailey
Eat Health—Even When You're Out
Eating healthy at restaurants can sometimes seem overwhelming—after all, you’re not the one in the kitchen. But don’t be hesitant to request some simple health-conscious changes to your meal. A few easy swaps can mean a huge difference when it comes to cutting fat and calories and adding the nutrients you need to dance strong. —Caroline Lewis-Jones
4 Tips to Remember When Eating Out
Many restaurants have a breadbasket. To help with portion control, ask the server to bring out just one piece per person. Also, instead of using butter or oil on your bread, ask for balsamic vinegar to cut calories and fat.
Most meals come with a side or two. Swap out fried options for steamed veggies or a side salad with light dressing.
Skip the entrée and order a bunch of small sides instead. You’ll get to try different foods and choose healthy options. For example, when I go to an Asian restaurant I may get a brown rice sushi roll, miso soup and an order of steamed edamame.
If you decide to go with a heavier entrée, request the sauce on the side. You can also ask the chef to go light on the oil or butter and salt when preparing your food.
The antiperspirant you use on your underarms will keep your feet dry, too. Sweaty not to mention stinky! feetespecially when you’re constantly shoving them into not-so breathable pointe shoesare the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and foot fungus. Head to the store and pick up some aerosol antiperspirant: Your feet and your friends will thank you. —MAB
Stressed out? Try blogging. A new study in the journal Psychological Services says that writing about your woes (like not getting cast in the part you auditioned for!) online can be therapeutic and relieve social distress.
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.
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.
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.
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.