Kitchen Essentials for Home Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen gadgets and accessories are usually high on the list of most wedding gift registries, but they’re especially in demand these days as couples spend more time preparing meals at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

We asked four experienced chefs across the country to share some of their go-to wedding gifts. Here’s a sampling.

Ms. Yeh is the host of the Food Network series “Girl Meets Farm.” She is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and the author of the cookbooks “Molly on the Range” and “Yogurt.”

Vitamix 5200; $449.95


Mr. Torres, a.k.a. Mr. Chocolate, is the founder of Jacques Torres Chocolate, which has seven retail locations in New York. He was the star of the PBS series “Dessert Circus with Jacques Torres,” the host of the Food Network series “Chocolate with Jacques Torres,” and an author of “Dessert Circus.” Most recently, he was the head judge on the Netflix baking competition, “Nailed It!”

Ms. Adams is the founder and author of the cookbook “Grandbaby Cakes,” which offers her grandmother’s generational recipes with a modern spin. She is a cast member of the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets,” and is part of the Today Tastemakers on the “Today Show.”

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Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin Crew Capsule will take tourists into space

Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin's space capsule

Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin’s space capsule

Jeff Bezos’ space tourism project with Blue Origin is competing with a similar programme in development by Space X, the rocket firm founded and run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and Virgin Galactic, backed by Richard Branson.

Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he finances Blue Origin with around $1 billion (£720 million) of Amazon stock each year.

The system consists of a pressurised crew capsule atop a reusable ‘New Shepard’ booster rocket.  

Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world and Blue Origin has successfully used a single New Shepard Rocket six times.

At its peak, the capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometres), just above the official threshold for space and landed vertically seven minutes after liftoff. 

Crewed missions for astronauts or tourists have yet to be announced.

SpaceX appears to be leading the way in the billionaire space race with numerous launches carrying NASA equipment to the ISS and partnerships to send tourists to space by 2021.  

On February 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s own red Tesla roadster attached. 

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

NASA has already selected two astronauts who will be on-board the first manned Dragon mission. 

SpaceX has also started sending batches of 60 satellites into space to help form its Starlink network. 

Musk hopes this will provide an interconnected web of satellites around Earth which will beam down free internet to people all around the world. 

Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a different approach to conquering space. 

It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted test flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity spaceplane. 

The first took place in December 2018 and the latest took place on February 22nd.

The flight accelerated to over 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7). 

More than 600 affluent customers to date, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on one of Virgin’s space trips, 

The billionaire mogul has previously said he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars with his private rocket firm SpaceX. 

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. Each passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows – one to the side and one overhead.

The space ship is 60ft long with a 90inch diameter cabin allowing maximum room for the astronauts to float in zero gravity.

It climbs to 50,000ft before the rocket engine ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates from its carrier craft, White Knight II, once it’s passed the 50-mile mark.

Passengers become ‘astronauts’ when they reach the Karman line, the boundary of Earth’s atmosphere.

The spaceship will then make a sub-orbital journey with approximately six minutes of weightlessness, with the entire flight lasting approximately 1.5 hours.  

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Best Amazon Prime Day kitchen and home deals 2020: Save on Vitamix, Le Creuset and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day is on now and continues through today, Oct. 14. Look for deep discounts on products big and small from major kitchen and home brands including Le Creuset, All-Clad and Keurig.

Check back on this story for regular updates — we’ll add more of the best Amazon Prime Day kitchen and home deals as they become available.

Read more on Chowhound: What kitchen deals can you expect on Prime Day? 

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Calling all bakers: Use these baking sheets for cookies or roasting vegetables.

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This 10-inch triple-layer nonstick skillet is compatible with all cooktops — including induction — and perfect for cooking eggs and other delicate items.

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Make more than rice in this rice cooker, like whole grains, hot cereal and steamed vegetables.

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Make healthier fast food with this handy air fryer. With the air crisp technology, you can reduce added fat while still guaranteeing a product that tastes like your favorite french fries.

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These glasses were designed to release the aroma of white wines, so swirl and sip to your heart’s content. Bonus: They’re dishwasher safe.

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This coffee maker from Keurig fits anywhere — thanks to its slim, sleek size. You can brew any cup size of coffee between six and 12 ounces by just using K-Cup pods, with coffee made in just minutes.

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Get 40% off on this SodaStream, which makes fresh bubbly water at just the push of a button.

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You’ll never use any other pans once you snag these All-Clad 8- and 10-inch skillets. The nonstick coating makes for healthier cooking, and the pans can be used on induction, gas, electric, ceramic and halogen.

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It’s easier than ever to defrost frozen vegetables and warm up leftovers, thanks to this microwave that can be activated by Alexa. The microwave is set with 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock and a turntable.

Read our AmazonBasics Microwave review.

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Too cold to grill outside? No matter. Toss this cast iron griddle right onto the stove, primed to sear everything from burgers and kebabs to Sunday morning pancakes.

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This blender doubles as a food processor, which means you can do twice as many tasks with just one appliance sitting on the kitchen counter. The blades are so sharp that they break down everything from whole fruits and vegetables to seeds and ice.

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This is a convection oven that does it all: You can toast, broil, bake, roast, warm, make pizza and rotisserie chicken, ferment and dehydrate all in one.

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This powerful rice cooker makes up to 5.5 cups of rice, with an automatic setting that keeps the rice warm after it’s finished cooking.

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The Vitamix Explorian is one of the most popular models with plenty of power to crush nuts into nut butter and pulse frozen fruit

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New playwrights announced for Art House INKubator project

Art House Productions has officially announced the 2020-2021 cohort of its INKubator Program, a year-long process for a select group of six playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. This year’s playwrights are Andrea Coleman, Izzi D’Esposito, Madeline Dennis-Yates, Nathaniel Foster, Aja Nisenson, and SMJ. This will be the 3rd Annual INKubator New Play Festival, a six-day marathon festival scheduled to take place in May 2021.

Playwrights will meet virtually over the next several months with program director Alex Tobey to share new work, receive feedback, and develop a first draft of a new play. Meetings are expected to be in-person when it’s safer to do so. Each writer will team up with a director and actors to present a public reading in May as a part of INKubator.

In addition to monthly meetings, playwrights will receive free admission to performances, mixers, and other events at Art House Productions. Audiences will also have the opportunity to participate in conversations with the writers, directors, and actors following each performance.

Andrea Coleman is a Brooklyn based writer, performer and lawyer originally from Virginia. She writes sketch comedy, standup comedy, screenplays, stageplays, and her Medium articles have been viewed online over half a million times. The law comedy show she created and stars in, Woke Laws, has been featured in The New York Times, TimeOut NY, NPR, and aired on PBS. She has toured her standup at SF Sketchfest and written and executive produced five short films which have been selections at 16 film festivals.

Izzi D’Esposito (she/her) is a New York based playwright and songwriter. Her work has been produced or developed at The Playwrights Realm, Workshop Theater, Homegrown Theater, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Ars Nova, Arts Tristate, Carnegie Mellon University, Horizon Theater, Boise Contemporary Theater and more. She has a podcast called lowercase sober about being sober in your 20′s and she releases new music under the name Bizzi.

Madeline Dennis-Yates (she/her) is a playwright and screenwriter whose most recent project, this is not the reunion, was a commissioned play for Stagefemmes at Kenyon College. She’s worked in the literary office at the O’Neill, as well as at Abingdon Theatre Company. Her work has received readings at the New Short Play Festival, the Source Festival, New York Winterfest, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and the D.C. Shorts Film Festival. She attended George Washington University in D.C., where she was an art history major and captain of the equestrian team.

Nathaniel Foster is a New York City-based playwright, performer, and dramaturg. He is a 2017 Kennedy Center New Play Dramaturgy Fellow, 2018 ASTEP Artist as Citizens Fellow, a 2018 Cape Cod Theatre Project New Play Development Fellow and a 2019 New Play Development Apprentice at The Public Theater, served as an associate producer for Loading Dock Theatre’s 2020 Forklift season, and is currently an associate producer for Black Lives, Black Words.

Aja Nisenson is a playwright and performer from New Jersey. Her plays include Slap, Park Slope Under Water, The Wait, Funk, Piccola

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Ranjit Singh Boparan buys Gourmet Burger Kitchen in rescue deal

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.



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Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution, and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce. However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.”



a sign hanging off the side of a building: A Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant in Bracknell.


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A Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurant in Bracknell.

Labelled the “chicken king” as he is the co-owner and founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, which supplies about a third of the chicken on UK supermarket shelves, Boparan’s business interests includes turkey producer Bernard Matthews, the upmarket London restaurant The Cinnamon Club restaurant, as well as the Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner chains.

Satnam Leihal, the managing director of Boparan Restaurant Group, said: “This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands. Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

Boparan is extending his empire as restaurants and pubs face intense financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis.

UK operators were forced to close for several months in March and continue to suffer from local lockdowns in some parts of the country, as well as from low visitor numbers on high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in general.

With profits under pressure, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Azzurri Group, which ownsAsk Italian and Zizzi, and the Casual Dining Group, which owns Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, have all closed outlets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sites to close under the deal

Angel, London

Aylesbury

Baker Street, London

Berner Street, London

Brunswick Centre, London

Canterbury

Cardiff Library

Chichester

Clink Street

, London

Covent Garden, London

Edinburgh

Glasgow

(closed before administrators were appointed)

Maidstone

Nottingham

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South Florida Fair organizes first home improvement show

From impact windows to home fitness equipment, the South Florida Fair’s Home Improvement & More Show is set to offer a one-stop shopping experience for residents looking to make at-home enhancements.

With over 60 vendors in attendance, the free event is set for Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Representing an array of home improvement areas, the vendors include kitchen, bath, water filtration, patios, doors, landscape, security, remolding, hot tubs, roofing, gazebos, household items, art, jewelry, window treatment, decks, patios, screening, tree services, flooring and automotive.

After experiencing a couple of bumps in the road due to COVID-19, South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions President and CEO Vicki Chouris and corporate sales manager Tim Pachis overcame obstacles to put together the event.

“We had on our books a home show that is done by someone professionally all the time at different locations,” Chouris said. “They decided they were having some challenges early on with getting enough vendors… So, they canceled on us. We said, ‘We could go ahead and try to do this ourselves’ and that’s exactly what we did.

“Tim [Pachis] just started reaching out to different businesses that have the offerings for home improvement shows and got a positive response,” Chouris said. “People were anxious to participate. The vendors wanting to get out there and showcase their products.”

Guests are required to wear a mask for entry and will be asked to social distance. Spaced out walkways and hand sanitation stations will also be available.

Managing to put the event together within eight weeks, some of the event sponsors include Bath Fitter, Kubota/FCE, Superior Sleep, Strom Tight Windows and Southeast Spas.

Interested exhibitors and vendors can apply for spaces by contacting Pachis at [email protected] or 561-795-6446.

Parking is free.

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Home decor store Swatty Creek Mill opens in Dauphin County

Tiffany Williams launched an online home décor business, Swatty Creek Mill last year. And now Swatty Creek Mill has a place to call home in Hummelstown.

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Swatty Creek Mill opened last month in a former pharmacy at 28 W. Main St.

The store sells a variety of items including seasonal home decor, soap, florals, potpourri, t-shirts, blankets, pillows, rugs, candles, snacks, gifts, apparel and some vintage items in the four-room facility.

Williams said that the new shop will allow her to have all of the of the store’s items centrally located and available for shipping nationally or the items can now be picked up in Hummelstown.

In the future, she hopes to host “do it Yourself” and “how to” classes at the store and she also hopes to have space for local vendors as well.

Previously, Williams was an assistant vice president with Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Last year she started Swatty Creek Mill by selling items through Etsy, Amazon and the company website. She also sold items from the store at a booth in the Palmyra area. And she has a booth at Olde Factory Antiques and Crafts in Hummelstown and she will continue to do so.

Swatty Creek Mill is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Mary Cavanagh For State House

Mary Cavanagh, a Redford resident is running for State House District 10.

Age: 29
Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Family:I am the grand-daughter of the former Mayor of Detroit back in the 60s, Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. I am the cousin of current Supreme Court Justice Megan Cavanagh, as well as, the daughter of former Wayne County Commissioner and Michigan State Representative Phil Cavanagh.
Occupation:Director of Project Development for New Start Construction Company, 5 years
Previous elected experience:I was previously elected as Precinct Delegate for my hometown, Redford Township
Family members in government:Yes, my mom is the current Treasurer of Redford Township and I have an Uncle on the Circuit Court and the Appeals Court.
Campaign website: http://www.MaryforMichigan.com

The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
COVID is the most pressing issue facing our state today. I will bring much-needed resources and the basic necessities of housing, air quality, clean water, and affordable healthcare to the residents of Michigan. I will begin to ensure a healthy workforce through rapid testing and contact training, fight for instant small business relief, unemployment expansion, raised minimum wage, and create a district-wide plan that brings new businesses to my district while working with current businesses owners to open their doors safely with PPE equipment and customer health accountability. I will fight for our children to stay safe while being educated by redirecting funding from for-profit schools, demand higher state allocations and fight for the latest learning tools-from Internet and laptops to ongoing social and emotional support for students, teachers, and families.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
The other candidate is a Republican candidate. Although I would like to compare her actual stance on issues such as healthcare, affordable housing, equality for all, social justice reform, Earned Income Tax Credit, and making more resources available to hard working families, due to her inaccessibility of information, I am unable to. With no website, mailers, questionnaires, or information on her position or what she would like to do for District 10 (and Michigan), it is hard to compare the critical differences at all. I do know I have been deeply involved in public service and social activism for over 19 years in both my community and all of Wayne County, from serving with the AmeriCorps in Detroit public schools, being a direct-care provider for developmentally disabled persons, to developing projects with Mental Health Facilities, non-profits, and a construction company to revitalize communities, create jail diversion programs, offer vocational trainings, and affordable housing opportunities. I am currently an AFL-CIO advocate, an Executive Board Member for the Michigan Women’s Democratic Caucus, and a life-long member of the Michigan Democratic Party and well as the Redford Democratic Party since I was elected Precinct Delegate in 2016.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
While working in AmeriCorps,

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Ranjit Singh Boparan buys Gourmet Burger Kitchen in rescue deal | Business

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been bought out of administration by the food industry tycoon Ranjit Singh Boparan in a deal that will save more than 660 jobs.

Boparan, who bought Carluccio’s in May, has bought 35 of the burger restaurant’s sites. However, under the pre-pack administration deal, 26 other sites will close, with the loss of 362 jobs.

The burger chain, which was owned by the South African company Famous Brands, which also owns Wimpy in the UK, was put on the market as it struggled amid the pandemic and high street lockdown.

But Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been in difficulties since a restructuring deal with landlords in 2018 under which it agreed to close up to 17 sites after the casual dining market became oversaturated.

Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte who was appointed joint administrator on Wednesday, said: “The broader challenges facing ‘bricks and mortar’ operators, combined with the effect of the lockdown, resulted in a deterioration in financial performance and a material funding requirement.

“We have been working closely with the management team under very difficult market conditions to try and find a funding solution, and I am glad to be able to announce the rescue of this well-loved brand together with a large proportion of the sites and workforce. However, it’s clearly disappointing that a number of sites have had to close resulting in today’s redundancies.”

Labelled the “chicken king” as he is the co-owner and founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, which supplies about a third of the chicken on UK supermarket shelves, Boparan’s business interests includes turkey producer Bernard Matthews, the upmarket London restaurant The Cinnamon Club restaurant, as well as the Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner chains.

Satnam Leihal, the managing director of Boparan Restaurant Group, said: “This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands. Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

Boparan is extending his empire as restaurants and pubs face intense financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis.

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UK operators were forced to close for several months in March and continue to suffer from local lockdowns in some parts of the country, as well as from low visitor numbers on high streets, retail parks and shopping centres in general.

With profits under pressure, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Azzurri Group, which ownsAsk Italian and Zizzi, and the Casual Dining Group, which owns Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, have all closed outlets, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen sites to close under the deal

Angel, London
Aylesbury
Baker Street, London
Berner Street, London
Brunswick Centre, London
Canterbury
Cardiff Library
Chichester
Clink Street
, London
Covent Garden, London
Edinburgh
Glasgow
(closed before administrators were appointed)
Maidstone
Nottingham
Richmond
, London

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How To Adjust To Dance Training at Home

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It’s hard to believe it’s already October. But as I surround myself with pumpkin spice everything and binge-watch scary movies, it’s undeniable that it’s fall and Halloween is just around the corner. Unlike prior years, when I would be busy making my usual preparations for over-the-top Halloween celebrations, I’ve been busy making changes to my home to allow me to incorporate more dance training into my routine during these unprecedented times. 

For many of us, to ensure our health and safety, dance training this fall will need to be done at home. Many dance studios are either closed or operating at a very limited capacity. If any of you are struggling with figuring out how to keep dance in (or put dance back into) your life as an at-home activity, I’m hoping the below suggestions will help you find your way.

1. Modify. Modify. Modify. 
When dancing at home, unless you have a home studio, you’ll likely need to make modifications to your training so that you don’t injure yourself. Modifications aren’t the end of the world! 

If the choreography you’re working on requires more space than you have, add direction changes or work on it in pieces. If your floor doesn’t have a lot of give (most don’t), reduce jumps (or remove them altogether depending on the amount of spring in your floor and your own body), because practicing leaps on a floor that is not sprung—like it would be in a studio—will wreak havoc on your joints and could cause serious injury. You’ll also likely need to modify your turns. If you’re dancing on a floor that is too sticky (or fuzzy, like a carpet), you should take out the turns and replace them with balances. Turning on a floor with too much friction can cause your knees and ankles to torque in an unhealthy, potentially damaging way. 

Don’t let the fact that certain flooring will impact your training discourage, you, though. You just need to remember to be creative in the way you think about your training. For example, maybe one portion of your home has a great floor for turning, but no space for traveling, while another may have a ton of room for doing choreography that travels, but a floor that is sticky as all get out. Change locations to safely work on different elements of your dance practice. Maybe you dance the choreography from a virtual class in your big, sticky-floored space—modifying to remove turns—and then separately work your pirouettes in a different part of your home.

How Dancers Can Reconnect To Themselves + Their Craft During QuarantineHow Dancers Can Reconnect To Themselves + Their Craft During Quarantine

2. Your dance space.
On top of modifying your dance training, you can also modify…wait for it…your home! Ask yourself how you can transform your home to be a more workable home dance studio. Since most of us aren’t lucky enough to have sprung Marley floors, ballet barres, and walls of mirrors, it can require some creativity. It’ll also probably require moving some

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