Optimizing the Health and Performance of Dancers

Tuesday, October 19
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 3 (advanced knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 164505


Dance is unique in terms of the physical and mental demands that present dancers from an early age of training. Clinical support, including nutritional advice needs to be tailored to meet these dance specific and individual dancer requirements. Healthcare practitioners also need to be aware and alert to low energy availability which can have negative effects on health and performance of dancers, if not identified promptly and appropriate support implemented.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the unique physical and mental demands of dance
  • Integrate specific dance activity and individual dancer factors when providing clinical support
  • Assess potential nutrition-related concerns that can occur in dancers, with particular reference to relative energy deficiency, and formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.3.8 Creates a nutrition care plan to match energy and other
    nutrient and fluid needs to maintain health, optimize
    performance and reduce the likelihood of negative exercise
    outcomes (e.g., overtraining, injury).
  • 9.6.1 Assesses client/patient nutritional needs and appropriateness
    of the counseling.
  • 10.1.2 Conducts nutrition screening to identify client/patient risks and
    levels of criticality, and to direct services.


  • Optimizing the Health and Performance of Dancers -

    Yasi Ansari, MS, RDN

    Nutrition Consultant, Founder, Yasi Ansari Nutrition; National Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Speaker(s)

  • Optimizing the Health and Performance of Dancers -

    Nicky Keay, MA, MB, BChir (Cantab), MRCP

    Sports and Dance Endocrinologist; Honorary Clinical Lecturer Medicine

    University College London UK