The Broadway Dietitian Blog
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know – my proposal was accepted to speak at Broadway Con!
If you are unfamiliar with Broadway Con, it is a huge conference for Broadway lovers and artists that happens in Manhattan in winter. I went in January 2020 (my last trip before the pandemic) and was so impressed with the magnitude of the conference! There were thousands of excited theatre people – it felt like a huge cast party!
I want to call attention to this and emphasize the importance of maintaining a positive body image while in the dance studio, always being in front of a mirror. For dancers, living in front of a mirror is more like it. The mirror is undoubtedly an important tool, it is the reality of the dance world. But, we must not forget the impact it can have on our self-esteem and the way we view ourselves. Here, I am going to tackle practicing body positivity in the dance studio. Together, we can learn to dance with the mirror and use it to create an environment filled with self-love!
Welcome to the writing room of The Broadway Dietitian: It’s essential to not only have licensed healthcare professionals working in the industry, but people who “get” what it is to be in the theatre world – not just in theory, but lived experience.
Healthcare professionals who can look at the science of what is proven to work (cough- not crash dieting -cough), and tailor that evidence based science to the reality of theatre professions.
Do you have an actor, dancer, or other theatre performer in your life who is fed-up with the way health has been taught to them for their craft? All the dieting is making them unhealthy and probably irritable and depressed.
Traditionally, “health and nutrition” taught in dance and acting programs is from a dance teacher who was taught to cut out food to stay in the “dancer body.” That doesn’t mean they are qualified or safe to teach others how to care for their body.
This class is taught by a certified eating disorders registered dietitian, to make sure there is no body-shaming or weight loss talk, but rather real tips for performers!
Body image thoughts and performers go together like peanut butter and jelly. In an image-driven profession, where not only are you being seen, but also dressed, it can be hard to feel comfortable being in your healthy body. While I do see the industry starting to change in accepting more people in their natural body size (still a long way to go, but there is movement!), we do still have to be fit for costumes. That can bring up a lot of anxiety for performers with body image concerns.
I had a conversation with a local costume designer to make sure my thoughts on this were correct, and she gave me even more ideas! So let’s talk about how you can work with your costumer to protect your mental health, and look amazing on stage!
Creating Impact: Changemakers who overcame adversity to create a positive impact in the world came out strong on Friday Oct 8th, and hit #1 best-seller in at least 6 categories in Australia, 3 in the UK, and 2 in the US (maybe more? I stopped checking at some point).
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