Beyond nutrition, dance health, Dance Nutrition, Holiday eating, Non Diet Approach

Dance Nutrition 101 – This holiday, enjoy a big dose of Vitamin C

Have you heard of Vitamin C? Not the one you get from lemons and oranges but the one you produce yourself? (No? then read here first)   Compassion is the vitamin that nourishes your mind and body.   If you are truly trying to achieve the best performance nutrition, opt out of the commercialised pre-/post-Christmas dieting and… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – This holiday, enjoy a big dose of Vitamin C

dance health, Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Injury Prevention, Non Diet Approach

Dance Nutrition 101 – Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers

  Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers and should never be recommended.   Dancers with more disordered eating (dieting) behaviours have greater incident of injuries. When the majority of dancers are only getting approx. 20-30% of their energy and nutrition needs, this isn't surprising and it is very concerning.   If we - that's… Continue reading Dance Nutrition 101 – Weight loss dieting is harmful for dancers

Beyond nutrition, Body Image, Performance, Uncategorized

Body Image, Dance and Eating

  When you hear "Body Image", what do you think of? Is it... how you see yourself in the mirror? Is it... what you think of your body? It is... what you think others may be thinking of your body?   Understanding Body Image is crucial for dancers (and teachers!) because you're expressing your emotions,… Continue reading Body Image, Dance and Eating

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Non Diet Approach, Performance

Why I don’t promote dieting in dancers

  Whenever I mention Dancers Don't Diet, I'm asked more often than not the reason why I don't promote dieting in dancers. When people ask me this question I can see this speech bubble popping up above their head like that in a cartoon: "but don't dancers need to be thin to dance and so… Continue reading Why I don’t promote dieting in dancers

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating

We Can Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start. And We Should.

Being aware of eating disorders can make a big difference to you as a dancer, but unfortunately the conversation is hardly ever held in schools or even between teachers and students.   Dancers today are provided with loads of resources about ankle sprains, knee and hip injuries, and prehab workouts to prevent injuries from happening… Continue reading We Can Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start. And We Should.

Dance Nutrition, Eating disorder / disordered eating, Non Diet Approach

“Am I eating enough?”

It's challenging to eat enough than not in dance. In fact, you probably won't realise the importance of eating enough until you actually eat enough consistently and experience that great recovery and feeling energised each lesson.   When your body receives adequate (=enough) food to fuel your body, it can execute more power, increase endurance,… Continue reading “Am I eating enough?”

dance health, Eating disorder / disordered eating

The link between Dancers and Eating Disorders

Last Saturday was World Eating Disorders Action Day.   And I had a flashback to a moment several years ago where a doctor said, abruptly, "all ballet dancers have eating disorders. They have it so they can keep themselves thin".   Uh   NO.   HELL NO.   Let me do some myth-busting for you.… Continue reading The link between Dancers and Eating Disorders

Student's activity during group workshop
dance health, Dance Nutrition, Non Diet Approach

What makes a Healthy Dancer?

In one of the most recent workshops we had, students jot down the first word(s) that came to mind to define what makes a dancer healthy. They did this right at the beginning of the workshop and at the end. And the words that came out was great. Words that came out at the beginning… Continue reading What makes a Healthy Dancer?

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What I dream of on World Ballet Day

I think of my old friend, a beautiful dancer, who was told to lose weight if she wanted to be in the annual show. I think of my old dance teacher, who was constantly hungry but was afraid to eat. I think of those dancers, students and professionals, who are secretly suffering from eating issues… Continue reading What I dream of on World Ballet Day