Maya Barad's blog

In this week’s episode of "Bunheads," we see playful performances from two dancers, each at different stages of life, each confronting different insecurities. As Ginny watches her dance friends leave the studio to socialize—Sasha flirting with Roman and Melanie being captivated by Cozette and roller-derby—she isolates herself in the dressing room alone. Her friends ignore her when she states her intention to audition for the school play, convinced that, based on her past actions, she will chicken out at the last moment.

This week’s episode of "Bunheads" opens with the dancers rehearsing in the studio, all in black leotards and tight buns. Watched with the volume turned down, the dancers appear to gracefully and seamlessly dance in unison. Turn the volume on and this vision of mature young ballerinas dissolves as Melanie and Ginny partake in a catty repartee about Melanie’s friendship with Cozette, which Ginny experiences as a best-friend betrayal.

This week’s episode of Bunheads, “The Astronaut and the Ballerina,” showcased the direction and meaning that ballet gives dancers’ lives. The characters participated in a human choreography as they tested their relationships and searched for a purpose.

 

Love fruit smoothies? If you drink one to keep you going through a long day of dance, make sure it’s nice and thick. Recent research at the University of Sussex has shown that thicker drinks not only make you feel fuller more quickly, but they also keep you satiated for a longer period of time. In fact, the quality of food texture has a greater impact on your sense of fullness than either creaminess or calorie content. Next time you make a smoothie, add thick frozen fruits, like bananas or mangoes, or even fiber-rich thickeners like tara gum or spinach. You’ll feel satisfied for hours!