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Keeping Fit Outside the Studio

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Does just dancing alone keep professionals performance ready? By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa. A dancer's instrument is his/her body. It must be well-tuned and ready for whatever movement is called. Come performance time, it must be ready to …

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Diet or Exercise: Which one is more important for long-term health?

What's more important? Diet or Exercise?

By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD of Dance Informa and John Robbins’ book Healthy at 100 examines how life is different for people in parts of the world that have the most centenarians1. Is it diet, exercise or something else that …

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Healthy Diet Habits for Teenage Dancers

Diet tips for teenage dancers

By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD of Dance Informa and Academic pressure, college preparation and long hours in the dance studio can make it hard to find time to eat healthy. Many of the teens I work with …

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Nutrition for Little Ballerinas

Nutrition for Young Dancers

Feeding growing young women for success and good health By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD of Dance Informa and As a nutritionist and former professional dancer, I am acutely aware of how food choices affect growth, cognitive functioning, …

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Nutrition for the New Year: Small Changes = Big Impact

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The dancer’s dietitian shares her top ways to get to a healthy weight without going hungry. By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD of Dance Informa and Too often people start off the New Year with plans for big, …

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Understanding Yoga for Dancers

Yoga class

By Katherine Moore of Dance Informa. It seems that everyone is doing yoga these days, and dancers are no exception. In New York City, yoga studios are cropping up on every corner, offering a myriad of class options and styles, …

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Foods to Build Long Lean Muscles

Long, lean dancer muscles

By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD for Dance Informa. One of the defining characteristics of a dancer’s body is well defined muscles.  The waif like look of the 80’s has evolved into a more diverse, athletic, toned body shape. …

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Can diet help you remember choreography?

nutrition and memory

By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD for Dance Informa. One of the many things I wish I had understood better when I was a professional dancer was the role of nutrition in memory and quick learning. Being labeled a …

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Why Warm Up and Cool Down?

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By Emily Yewell Volin of Dance Informa. Warm-up, stretch, strengthen, cool down and repeat – these are all necessary components of a dancer’s day. The objective is to maximize the impact of these specialized tasks, control the body’s response to …

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5 Foods That Dancers Must Eat

5 Foods That Dancers Must Eat

By Emily C. Harrison MS, RD, LD for Dance Informa Dancers are performing athletes. As a former professional ballet dancer myself, I wish I had better understood what a big impact eating good food can have on performance, risk for …

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