One of the most important things for dancers is to stay fueled and hydrated. I always make sure to have a bottle of water, preferably a liter, to drink throughout the day and refill. I try to have at least 3 liters of water a day. Many dancers don’t drink enough water, including myself. When I’m doing a run through of a ballet or in class focusing on learning combinations and applying corrections, it’s really easy to forget to keep drinking water. I try my best to stay hydrated, because I definitely feel better and dance better when I’ve been drinking the proper amount of water. If you are one of those people who just can’t make yourself drink water, you can always add something like crystal light or other flavorings to your water to keep it interesting. Sometimes at the end of the day when I have half a liter left to meet my quota, I end up adding some instant tea to my water, which is nice to have before bed.
In addition to drinking water, it’s also important to snack throughout a long day. Some days I don’t get the chance to eat lunch until 2:30, which is much too long after eating breakfast for me to stay suitably energized. During my five-minute breaks after every hour, I typically have something to munch on. Some of my favorite snacks are almonds, bananas, rice chips, or a natural bar of some sort. I like to have options depending on my mood or how my body is feeling. If my muscles are cramped and fatigued, I’ll usually go for the banana, but if I’m mostly just hungry, I’ll choose the nuts, which are very filling and hearty.
Ultimately, when my body is well fed and hydrated, I feel better, dance better, and am more energetic. Who wouldn’t want that?