Nutrition for Dancers

with Dr. Dora Meyer



    The purpose of this webinar is to develop an awareness of the importance of proper nutrition for dancers. The focus will be on a whole-food, balanced diet to prevent muscle loss, weak bones, chronic fatigue, and stress-related injuries. Practical examples will be given to assist dancers with shopping and meal planning. Participants will learn how to fuel their bodies with food that promotes their short- and long-term health. Special attention will be given to supplement use, nutrient timing, and short- and long-term health risks associated with a poor diet. During the webinar, we will cover the basics of a healthy diet, including:

    • The role of fat, carbohydrates, and protein in health and performance
    • Protein needs for muscle building and recovery
    • Choosing carbohydrates wisely
    • Proper hydration
    • Balanced meals and snacks
    • Safe supplements (protein, vitamins, minerals, and ergogenic aids)
    • Pre- and post-performance nutrient timing
    • Special diets (e.g. vegetarian and vegan diets).

    The webinar was recorded in 2023 as part of the qualification programme by DIS-TANZ-START. Please note that the content may no longer be entirely up-to-date/ current.



    • What is a healthy diet?
    • What should you eat in a day?
    • What is the main source of energy for a dancer?
    • Name two plant-based protein sources.
    • How many meals and snacks should a dancer eat throughout the day?
    • What is nutrient timing and how can it help a dancer reach their performance goals?
    • Give an example of a good snack to eat after training.
    • What are the top 3 dancer diet mistakes?