The Healthier Dancer Programme Conference 2012: 'Nutrition and Disordered Eating in Dance'

The Healthier Dancer Programme Conference 2012: 'Nutrition and Disordered Eating in Dance'

The Healthier Dancer Programme Conference for 2012, Nutrition and Disordered Eating in Dance: Artistry, athleticism and the role of the multidisciplinary support team, was jointly organised by the Royal Society of Medicine and Dance UK to bring together a host of artistic and healthcare professionals to speak about nutrition and disordered eating in dance. Over a one-day conference, they debated how to encourage healthy eating habits in dancers and consider solutions to prevent disordered eating in dance. Whilst the problem is not the dance world’s alone, the dance sector is often attributed with negative stereotypes of endemic and extreme dieting problems among its artists. Whether this stereotype is true or not, dancers need to maintain elite athlete levels of fitness and stamina, which is impossible without eating healthily. This conference aimed to aid the dancer and those working with dancers to identify and encourage healthy eating behaviours and deal effectively with disordered eating patterns when necessary. Panel discussions from leading artistic directors, dancers, and support staff allowed the delegates to learn of the nutritional challenges that face dancers and dance companies. Health experts offered insights and evidence to support an alternative to constant dieting, demonstrating the healthy way of achieving a lithe athletic physique. Expert advice  aimed to provide a variety of tools for early intervention and prevention of eating disorders. To conclude, a panel discussion on the role of the multidisciplinary team offered insight to individuals on how to create lines of communication when dealing with disordered eating patterns.


View the conference abstracts and biographies

View the conference presenter biographies

View this supplementary resource: Prevention, identification and action on disordered eating: Extracts from current working policies and research


Conference steering committee:

  • Nick Allen MSc (Sports Med), BSc (Hons), MCSP, SRP
  • Jasmine Challis BSc (Hons), Nutr., RD
  • Dr Huw Goodwin
  • Helen Laws
  • Niamh Morrin, MSc
  • Dr Sanna Nordin-Bates
  • Moira McCormack MSc
  • Dr Emma Redding
  • Rachel Rist MA
  • Erin Sanchez, MSc
  • Nicola Stephens MSc, MCSP, MMACP
  • Heather Walker PG Cert

Special thanks to:

  • Shauna Meredith
  • Jillian Descoteaux
  • Kenneth Tharp OBE
  • Susan Ringwood and Mary George (Beat)
  • Selina Shah MD FACP
  • Council for Dance Education and Training
  • Dance/USA Task Force for Dancer Health

Who is this for? Health and Wellbeing

Created on 04 July 2023


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