Education, Training & Resources

Education, Training & Resources

The benefits of good nutrition are numerous, and even more so for dancers. Constant training takes a toll on muscles, joints and bones. Good eating habits can improve the recovery from such strain, and even assist with lean muscle growth and soft tissue repair. Eating the right foods can increase energy, focus and concentration. Finding the proper balance of nutrients not only prevents fatigue and injury but also supports a long healthy career in dance. That’s why Dansdietetiek Nederlands developed various nutritional education programs, training and resourses!




What about dancer wellness…?

The phrase “dance wellness” encompasses all aspects of human health and well-being. Dance wellness programs include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, body therapies, dance injuries, nutrition, personal health, psychology, and motor learning. To enable dancers to perform with good physical and emotional health, a strong program of technique and wellness information is needed.

“Dansdietetiek Nederland” developed a unique nutrition education program. This program consist of:

  • 4 to 6 classes of 90 minutes in which the students learn
  • everything they need to know about nutrition for optimal dancers/dance teacher health.
  • Additionally, body composition can be assessed, for example as a part of a healthier health policy in schools and/or companies.


Nutritional resources can be obtained by contacting us. Including nutritional factsheets covering specific fields. Contact us! 


Impact of the Quest for an Ideal Dancer Physique on Nutritional Habits

Dancers are required to maintain lean but strong bodies. Choreographers and ballet masters select dancers who fit the ideal physique of long legs, arms, and neck, and a thin body. Many dancers attempt to match calorie intake with energy expenditure. But… they do not know appropriate strategies to maintain leanness, or the detrimental effects of this eating pattern.

Several studies have investigated the energy expenditure of dancers. They demonstrate that dancing is primarily an anaerobic activity. While dancing in a dance modern/ballet class, activity might occur to be  intermittently and at relatively low energy levels. Bursts of energy are required in rehearsal and performance. Dance exercise alone often is not sufficient to achieve the desired body leanness.




Certified nutritional teachers facilitate appropriate eating and exercise patterns by promoting proper nutritional practices. To do this, they monitor diets and provide educational literature, helping ballet dancers maintain lean body physique. A very important key in dancers health!

Another fact to take into account is that dancers are prone to disordered eating patterns. They limit caloric intake drastically, and they binge and purge. The nutritional habits of dancers have been investigated through surveys and studies.

Bonbright (1989) studied the dieting habits of ballet dancers for five days. The majority of the 31 subjects tended to consume foods low in energy value and nutritional density. Nutrition is an important topic for dance educators, who need to inform dancers about nutritional intake necessary to meet


Better dance education for a healthier vibrant future!

Our nutrition classes include the following matters and more:

  1. Eat sufficient food daily to meet the body’s energy requirements for growth, tissue repair, and physical activity. The body needs approximately 15 kcal/day to function under normal circumstances, and an additional 200-300 kcal/day to meet the physical demands of ballet class, rehearsal, and performance.
  2. Be aware of the caloric and nutritional value of foods in order to make wise, more diverse food selections.
  3. Consume complex carbohydrates, which are the energy base of the dancer’s diet. They are slowly reduced to glucose, providing a sustained energy release over a greater time.
  4. Consume liberal amounts of water daily.
  5. Incorporate a well-balanced multiple vitamin and mineral supplement in the diet for nutritional insurance.
  6. Incorporate an endurance activity in the training program to compensate for the nonendurance component of ballet activity.
  7. Consult a nutrition specialist and/or qualified physician if either a significant weight gain or weight loss is necessary.

The certified nutrition teacher plays an important role in the health and well-being of dancers and dance teachers. By providing nutritional information to the (young) dancer (teacher), the educator can promote healthful dietary practice and contribute to attaining the desired body leanness without compromise.


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