Spring is nearly here! Get ready for longer days, pretty flowers—and pollen. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, roughly 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies. But how can you be sure you’re dealing with allergies, and not the common cold? This chart from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) can help you recognize the difference.
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Colds usually last less than two weeks, whereas allergies can last anywhere from days to months, depending upon the length of exposure to allergens.
How to deal? Whether you have a cold or allergies, the NIAID recommends antihistamines for itchy eyes and sneezing, and decongestants for sinus swelling and discomfort. If your symptoms indicate allergies, nasal steroids and immunotherapy (allergy shots) can further reduce symptoms, and allergy testing can help you pinpoint which allergens to avoid.
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FOMO, or “Fear of Missing Out,” is the feeling that our friends might be having better experiences than we are. Thanks to social media, we’re constantly distracted from our own lives by the possibility that something more interesting may be happening.
If you find yourself checking your phone during every rehearsal break instead of chatting with your dance buds, you could be letting FOMO rule your life. Take an online test at ratemyfomo.com, recently developed by researchers at the University of Essex, to get your FOMO in check.
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Did You Know?
Getting morning sunlight can help us fall asleep at night. Research suggests that the blue light in morning sunlight helps regulate when our bodies naturally wake up and fall asleep. As soon as we’re exposed to it, our bodies begin a gradual, day-long process that eventually helps us fall asleep. The bottom line? Get some morning sunlight when you can. Your body will thank you for it later!
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Are your sunglasses really protecting your eyes? Check the label for phrases like “99–100 percent UV absorbent” or “UV 400” to be sure they block most UV rays.
Dancer Yesenia Ayala first caught our eye in the off-Broadway production of Sweet Charity with Sutton Foster earlier this year. So, we were super excited when we found out she was making her Broadway debut in this spring's sweetest new show Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Both productions were choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.)
Since the NYC premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream at American Ballet Theatre's spring gala Monday night, the DS editors haven't stopped talking about its creepy-cute sets and costumes, created by artist Mark Ryden. Well, the obsession is about to get even crazier, because we just heard that Ryden's artwork for the ballet is now on display in not one, but TWO locations in NYC.
Yes, yes, we know: Dancers are athletes as well as artists. But we haven't seen anything hammer home just HOW athletic dancers are quite as well as this video from Self magazine, which features American Ballet Theatre principal/fairy princess Isabella Boylston trying to teach top-level CrossFit enthusiasts ballet.
There's a reason Mia Michaels' nickname is "Mama Mia." The legendary choreographer invests deeply in her dancers, whether they're competitors on "So You Think You Can Dance," members of the Radio City Rockettes, or part of her own elite assistant squad. And now, Michaels is launching a project that aims to give more dancers access to her gifts as a teacher and mentor.
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.