Did you know that a professional dancer can burn up to 3,000 calories a day during heavy training??

This means that as dancers, we should pay extra attention to how we are feeding our bodies throughout the day to ensure that we have enough energy to perform at our best.



Foods To Eat         Percentage of Diet

Carbohydrates       55-65%

Proteins                  12-15%

Fats                         20-30%

Hydration               80 fluid ounces 

Examples of Carbohydrates: 55-65%

Whole-Grain Breads


Brown Rice 

Whole-Wheat Pasta

These types of carbohydrates contain many essential vitamins and minerals needed for overall health and provide the body with more sustained and prolonged energy.

*Signs you may be lacking carbohydrates are quick muscle fatigue and lethargy*

Proteins : 12-15%

Lean Meats





Proteins are important because they help the body to build and repair muscles after strenuous physical activity.

Fats: 20-30%


Olive Oil



Consuming fats contributes fat-soluble vitamins and provides insulation around the nerves in the body 

Fats are stored in the muscles in the form of triglycerides. Triglycerides are an excellent source of sustained energy which is needed to nail  your quadruple pirouette even after four hours of rehearsals and performances.

Hydration: 60-80 fl. Ounces 



Hydration is essential due to high loss in vitamins in nutrients through sweat during physical activity. 60-80 fl ounces is recommended throughout the day. Water or a non-caffeinated sports drink high in electrolytes is recommended.



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