Thursday, August 8, 2013
Eating for dancers, How you can help as a PARENT
As I go through the years of teaching dance I have come to realize that I am not only teaching the art of dance and the techniques I also have to educate these dancers on Nutrition. So often I am reminding the girls to snack on a healthy option between classes and rehearsal.
Body image is such an issue for our teens and preteens but our dancers have it worst. Not only are they concerned about their peers at school but they have to worry about co dancers and dance educators. They are asking themselves, Can an overweight dancer get a Job in the performing arts world? Can an underweight dancer? Will my lines look clean on stage if I have to many curves? This is when poor eating habits start to accrue. Forgetting Breakfast, eating a late diner , not eating enough during lunch.
I try to educate my dancers. Our body is our instrument just like a pianist has his piano. We to keep our instrument tuned, we do that by FEEDING it. Low carb and high protein is the best diet for a dancers, So many dancers do not realize how and when you eat is as important as what you eat. Going through long periods of time without fueling your body can result in increase in body fat percentage and it could effect your energy level. This can open more opportunities for injuries.
You know that saying : I Have no life , My daughter dances" This statement has some truth. Not only do yiu need to get your child to dance class, rehearsal, performances and competition on time but you need to make sure they are eating the right things at the right time. As a parent of a dancer here are a few things you can do to help your healthy dancer, Stay Healthy
1. pack fruit, cheese sticks or granola bars in your dancer's dance bag
2. have meals already set for the week
3. ask your dancer if they ate during rehearsal or what they ate all day
4. volunteer to bring snacks/ meals for the entire group during rehearsals
These are just a few simple steps you can take to make your dancer's eating habits healthy.
In good faith and DANCE,