Dancers are rightfully proud of the battle wounds on their feet! But not all bad-looking things are good. Case in point: ingrown toenails, which can be debilitating for dancers. DS spoke with podiatrist Dr. Bryan Hersh, DPM, of the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL, about this all-too-common condition.
What are ingrown toenails?
An ingrown toenail is the result of the edge of your toenail growing or digging into the skin next to it. "While your nails may have a natural curve where the edges meet the surrounding skin, ingrown nails occur when the edges grow too far, aggravating the skin and causing redness, swelling and pain," Hersh explains. "If early symptoms are ignored, the area can become infected and filled with pus as the nail digs deeper."
What causes them?
Ingrown nails are often caused by cutting the edges of the nail too short, as well as repetitive stress and pressure on the toes and nails, especially while wearing tight shoes. It's no surprise that pointe shoes are a common culprit!
How to Deal
If the pain is bearable and there aren't any warning signs of an infection, Hersh recommends home remedies, such as soaking your feet in a bath of warm water and Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes and applying an over-the-counter antibiotic cream. However, if the condition doesn't improve, or if the nail appears to be infected, Hersh advises seeing a podiatrist for professional treatment—severe cases could require minor surgery.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: