Stand Up Straight

Take a Stand

While you may have a break from dance class this summer, don’t take a break from good posture. The iPosture, a small, round device, can help. Simply attach it to your bra strap or directly on your skin and push the function button. The microchip sensor monitors your posture. If it catches you slouching for more than one minute, it will remind you with a slight vibration to straighten up. For ordering information, visit iposture.com.  —Brianne Carlon

 

Lay Off the Pills!

Medications like Tylenol, Advil and aspirin will now have to carry bolder warnings on their bottles about liver damage and stomach bleeding. So if you do pop a few to help that aching knee, make sure to take them with food, not on an empty stomach. —Lauren Kay

Sleep More, Shed Pounds

If you’re set on staying in top shape this summer, swap out your restricted diet for some extra zzz’s! Being tired doesn’t just mess with your petit allégro; it also affects your eating habits. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that when participants had only five and a half hours of sleep, they ate over 200 calories more than when they had slept for a solid eight and a half hours. When you’re sleepy, your hormones get out of whack, which ups the urge to eat more and decreases your ability to feel full. So get more sleep, and say hello to a slimmer, better-energized you! —Monica Levy

 

Face Your Facebook Friend

Facebook and Twitter are fantastic ways to connect with friends. But there’s still no better form of communication than a face-to-face convo. A study done by the University of Southern California shows that excessive use of online social networks can have desensitizing effects on us! The speed at which info is exchanged on these sites can be too fast for the brain to digest the full weight of a story. In order to empathize with a dance pal about failing to land her dream role, don’t do it via keyboard. Sit down with her and listen carefully, noting facial expressions and tone of voice. You’ll be able to fully comprehend her feelings—and not through her status update!  —Monica

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

Chrissy

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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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