Sweetly Satisfying

Thanksgiving is the one day each year that you're allowed--even expected--to indulge. This year, make your indulgence healthier with a nutrient-packed, delicious dish: Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes


What you’ll need:

  • 2 ½ pounds of peeled and cubed sweet potatoes

  • 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • Fresh pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.
  3. Mix maple syrup, butter, lemon juice, salt and pepper in small bowl.
  4. Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
  5. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Uncover and stir.
  7. Bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and starting to brown.

Makes 12 one-half cup servings.



*Recipe adapted from eatingwell.com

(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?


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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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