My daughter dances in a full time pre-professional program that includes 7-hour days of classes and rehearsals. Though I took some dance classes as a child, nothing prepared me for the undertaking of transitioning her into a full time program. After my daughter suffered an injury, we discovered the importance of nutrition for health and performance.
The dance world can be intimidating for a parent, especially if he or she does not have personal experience in the competitive environment. Your child’s love for dance should bring enjoyment. However, anxiety and perfectionism are just two of the common challenges that a dancer may experience in this competitive environment. As you notice your child’s after-school hobby transform into a passion, you will benefit from gaining insight into this newfound territory.
Tips To Support The Healthy Dancer®
- Provide Fluid Structure– Encourage organization around tasks. Keep a communal calendar and remember to make time for downtime. While consistent training is important, other social events encourage a balanced lifestyle.
- Navigate a Busy Schedule– Prepare in advance with balanced meals, snacks, and a well-packed dance bag.
- Model a Healthy Mindset– Parents and teachers are role models. Model a non-restrictive relationship with food and body. To start shifting your mindset, register for The Healthy Dancer® Mastermind Series: a biannual event designed for parents and teachers of aspiring dancers.
- Encourage Realistic Body Expectations– Address the risks of striving for impractical body types.
- Get Involved– Simple tasks like volunteering backstage, typing performance programs, or packing snack bags are examples.
- Provide– Educate a group of dancers at an affordable price with The Healthy Dancer® Studio Package. This provides you with downloadable and printable resources about fueling for performance and building a balanced lifestyle. To learn more, click here!