Dancers know there's no time like summer for sun, sand...and sweat! Gross but true: Whether your summer intensive has air conditioning or not (just because some people like to yell about how AC is bad for dancers), there's no denying that summertime dancing brings with it all kinds of sweatiness—and resultant smelliness.
Consider this quintet of products your Anti-Odor Justice League. They're sworn to protect you—not to mention your fellow dancers!—from the sweaty, stinky, just-plain-nasty worst of all that higher temps threaten.
Covet Dance's Pointe Powder (available in 3 or 6 oz) uses a combination of baking soda, zinc oxide, corn starch, and natural fragrance oils to make sure pointe shoes are dry, disinfected, and deodorized (#bless) in between wearings.
There are a LOT of makeup-removing wipes on the market, but very few tick as many boxes as C'est Moi's Gentle Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes. Hypoallergenic? Check. Vegan? Check. Free of fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, and parabens? Check, check, check, and check.
Courtesy of Freshify
It seems like the benefits of essential oils are being touted all over Instagram these days. Freshify has combined witch hazel and popular essential oils like spearmint, Roman chamomile, lavender, and tea tree to make a cooling, soothing, and naturally deodorizing spray for your hardworking feet.
Courtesy of Secret
Yes, that clinical strength deodorant is supposed to last 24 hours, but what does that promise really mean once you've been sweating it out in class all morning? Secret's Freshies are the super-cute way to reapply deo while on the go—and let's be honest, dancers are pretty much never not on the go!
Antibacterial tights are now a real thing that exists, thanks to the clever people at Mondor. For at least 50 washings, the trademarked BodyFresh material will halt the growth of bacteria that leads to body odor. What a time to be a dancer. (Side note: The tights are available in both convertible and footed styles, in shades ranging from "ballerina" pale pink to caramel to black.)
Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
After a string of ballet-company rejections, Jennifer Sydor (here in Laura Peterson's "Failure") found success in other areas of the dance world. (Stephen Delas Heras, courtesy Jennifer Sydor)
In her senior year at Butler University, Jennifer Sydor auditioned for more than a dozen regional ballet companies—and got a string of "no, thank you" responses. "I have an athletic build, and my movement quality isn't the typical ballet aesthetic," Sydor says. "But I'd been laser-focused on ballet. When I didn't get a ballet contract, I was heartbroken."
Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.
In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.
Ballet West principal Beckanne Sisk as Kitri (Luke Isley, courtesy Ballet West)
Guess who's baaaaack?! Your resident Dance Spirit astrologers! And on the eve of the Youth America Grand Prix awards ceremony, we thought it was the perfect time to pair each zodiac sign with a variation commonly seen during the competition. After many painstaking hours spent researching, consulting the stars, and staring wistfully into the sky, we compiled our data and present you with the definitive list of each star sign as a YAGP variation! As we said last time, don't @ us if you're not happy with your pairing—the stars don't lie, baby!