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Ballet and other dances present a unique challenge in health and nutrition. Dance is just as physically challenging as other sports, more so in most cases. However, the difference lies in the physical expectations of the dancers. Dancers are not only expected to perform challenging moves, they are expected to be a certain body type. Athletes from other sports are expected to be fit and healthy. Dancers are expected to be fit, but not too bulky. Having large, bulky muscles is not ideal in a dancer. Being strong is necessary, but being thin is ideal for a dancer, so weight gain, even from muscles must be minimal. This presents a unique challenge for a dancer, particularly for the female dancer. It can put constant mental and physical strain if dancers are not following a healthy lifestyle.

In order for a dancer to train and perform with enduring energy, they must live a healthy lifestyle. Public and private institutions also need to promote a healthy lifestyle so that students are further discouraged from developing bad habits. If a healthy lifestyle is not followed, dancers will lack the energy to last in training, develop health problems and obtain injuries that were otherwise preventable.

Click below to learn more about eating healthy and knowing the proper intake of vitamins and minerals for the dancer's body.