The Healthy Dancer™
Online training developed by a dancer, for dancers. This 6-week program teaches you the fundamentals of dance nutrition. Learn how to create balanced meals & snacks that optimize performance and health goals.
The Bloated Belly Whisperer, a book written by dietitian Tamara Freuman, provides an in-depth look into stomach distress and how to overcome it.
Recovering from Injury
Dancers who are recovering from an injury may experience immense feelings of isolation. Seeking emotional support from licensed professionals can help manage this challenging time. The Actors’ Fund provides a wonderful resource to professional dancers dealing with significant injury.
When injured, dancers may remain vulnerable to the heavy financial burden of medical care. The Harkness Center for Dance Injuries is a New York-based facility offering services from health screenings to physical therapy. The facility accepts health insurance and provides financial assistance to professional dancers and pre-professional dance students.
Mental Health for Performing Artists
As dancers strive to perfect an imperfect art, they remain vulnerable to an all-or-nothing mindset stemming from unrealistic goals of perfectionism. This mindset can have negative consequences on a dancers mental and physical well-being. The following articles provide insight about how dancers can overcome such feelings:
When this perfectionist-type mindset is transferred on to a dancer’s food choices and body image, disordered eating can result. What starts as a means to improve performance often leads to burnout and exhaustion. The following articles offer additional information about disordered eating habits:
- Dance Magazine | Eating Disorders in Dance
- Biscuit Ballerina© | Disordered Eating
- Dance Magazine | Are You Too Healthy?
Mental health counseling provides a helpful tool for dancers. If you’re interested in seeking counseling, make sure it’s from a licensed professional. The following links offer sources credentialed sources for help:
Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
Restrictive dieting is an extreme measure to lose weight. Dancers who follow low-calorie diets risk consequences like loss of muscle mass, reductions in energy, and increased risk for injury, and vulnerability to burnout. Consider these tips for overcoming restrictive dieting .
Align Fitness By Allie offers online training courses to improve flexibility and turnout.