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Nutrition: How can dance teachers support dancers to reduce their risk of disordered eating and eating disorders and achieve appropriate nutrition? 
Lecturer: Jasmine Challis

Part 1: Wednesday 28 February, 11:00 - 12:30 (1.5 CPD hours)

  • Eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Language around food/the body

Part 2: Wednesday 6 March, 11:00 - 12:30 (1.5 CPD hours)

  • Managing and supporting dancers through body changes
  • The current 'big stories' in nutrition


Currently levels of disordered eating and eating disorders are being reported at an all time high in the general population, with dancers being at particular risk.  It is helpful when teachers have increased knowledge on these topics and practical options for best supporting their students. Advances in research on nutrition lead to modifications to best practice for food and fluid intake. Awareness of these can help you both with your own nutrition choices and in supporting those you teach.

These sessions will be useful to teachers and examiners working across all levels and age ranges. If you work with the 12+ age range these sessions will be extremely relevant.

Topics will include:

  • Disordered eating/eating disorders – indications that a student may be struggling
  • Disordered eating ‘red flags’ and ‘yellow flags’
  • ‘What next’ when you have concerns about a student
  • Language in teaching – ‘triggers’, options and unintentional messages
  • Adolescence challenges from a body composition/nutrition perspective and discussion around teacher management
  • What’s new in approaches to nutrition, where are the gaps in knowledge

This course will also be recorded and available for purchase (at a later date) via the ISTD shop. 


Lecturer Information


Jasmine Challis

Jasmine is an Accredited Nutritionist and Dietitian on the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENR) focussing on dance. She has worked across the dance field for over 30 years giving talks and running workshops for dance students, dancers and dance teachers, and providing 1:1 sessions for dancers and dance students. She is nutrition consultant for the Dance UK Information Nutrition for Dancers and is co-author of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) Nutrition Resource Paper (2019), as well as the Nutrition chapters in a number of dancer health books. She is on the board of The Bridge Dance Project.  She has presented at the IADMS annual conference regularly.  She completed a MRes in Sport and Exercise Science (with distinction) in 2018, her research project was with Irish dancers. She also works with circus performers and acting/technical students, has contributed to medical and dietetic textbooks and continues working clinically mainly with those suffering from eating disorders. Her own book, ‘Nutrition for Dance and Performance’ was published in summer 2023.


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Booking terms and conditions


Booking conditions

All fees must be paid in full, with cleared funds, before bookings close for the course. Delegates will only be provided with zoom details and have access to online courses once payment has been made.

Each participant (irrespective of whether they are sharing a studio or device) is required to pay for their place on the course. Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not pass on the zoom login details or allow anybody that has not booked, to join the course on any device.

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