Courtesy Sugimura

Complexions’ Eriko Sugimura’s Favorite Recipe Gives Thanksgiving a Japanese Spin

Since moving from Japan to New York City in 2014, Thanksgiving has become one of Eriko Sugimura's favorite parts of American life. The Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer typically spends the day with close family friends, cooking a dual feast that includes all the traditional American staples as well as a spread of Japanese food.

The highlight for her is turkey karaage—a Japanese-style fried turkey. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, and flavored with garlic, ginger and soy sauce, it's actually Sugimura's favorite food throughout the year. "Honestly, I can't stop eating it," she says. "It tastes too good."

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Japanese Karaage


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps garlic, grated
  • 2 tsps ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 2 lbs boneless turkey thighs, cut into bite-
  • size pieces
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped


  1. In a big bowl, whisk salt, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and eggs. Add potato starch and mix well. Mix in turkey with hands. Marinate in refrigerator for a few hours.
  2. Take turkey out of marinade and coat with flour.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan, then fry turkey until crispy on all sides.
  4. Sprinkle green onion on top to serve.
Possible sides: Sugimura pairs karaage with brown rice, tofu miso soup, seaweed salad and a green salad.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

December 2020