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There’s nothing better than the feeling you get when you walk into your favorite dance store. You're surrounded by shelves of pointe shoes, racks of warm ups and—my personal favorite—gorgeous leotards. But with all of those leo options, it can be a daunting task to pick out your favorites. Which will make you look your best? To help, we’ve made a list for the best leotards to flatter every body shape. When you feel comfortable in your dancewear, it can do wonders for your confidence, and in-turn, affect your performance in class, rehearsal and even auditions.

We all know someone who can’t survive without her cup of coffee as well as that dancer who swears green tea is her health savior. But is one truly better than the other? We compared the two to see which is the best choice for a dancers’ overall well-being.

 

Coffee 

Caffeine: 128–185 mg

Calories: Under 5

Nutrients: Good source of riboflavin and pantothenic acid

Effects on weight: High levels of caffeine can reduce appetite.

Getting a peek inside a major company’s technique class is always a treat. While seeing dancers perform onstage is magical, there’s something captivating about watching a ballerina’s unmade-up face fully concentrated on learning a combination or pushing for another pirouette.

 

I'm all for behind-the-scenes peeks at the world of ballet, for moments that show dancers as humans rather than superhumans. But the dancers of "Breaking Pointe" are just so much more compelling when they're dancing—when we can see them for the extraordinarily talented artists they are, rather than the pretty normal people they are.

DanceMedia is accepting applications through September 1 for fall interns (September–December) to work on Pointe, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher. Internships are unpaid, and require a minimum two-day-a-week, onsite commitment. We do not accept high school students. To intern at one of our magazines this fall, please send a cover letter, updated resume and two writing samples to Hanna Rubin at hrubin@dancemedia.com. Be sure to put "Fall Internship Application" in the subject line.

It's the end of July, and many summer intensives are coming to a close. How can you make sure the corrections you've received stay with you all year long? As Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch wrote in Never-Ending Summer for Pointe, a few simple steps can make a huge difference:

 

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries in ballet: Out of a group of 24 serious dancers, 2 to 7 will sprain their ankle within a year, according to a study done at the University of Sydney. And because so many dancers attempt to work through the pain, up to 65 percent of them will still suffer from ankle problems three years later.

Everybody seems crazy for kale right now. Some experts even argue that it's the superfood of superfoods. One cup has only 33 calories, but contains over 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C, 200 percent of vitamin A, 10 percent each of folate and calcium, and even a couple grams of protein. But the vegetable in its raw form can be a bit rough (it's known as a go-to digestive aid for a reason). How can you make it tastier?

"Breaking Pointe" is back, and with new characters. Thank goodness! The newbies help flesh out the show, and give the company more realistic depth.

 

Chris Ruud is an especially welcome addition. He's got a real personality, and as both a principal dancer and artistic director of Ballet West II, he can offer intelligent insight into ballet—and what makes certain dancers successful.

 

Everyone knows the sinking feeling that comes after spotting a stain on an otherwise pristine costume. But it happens all the time, and unless you're in a company with a wardrobe department, it's up to you to get out that stain. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with some quick fixes.

 

Deodorant