Health & Body

What Happens to a Dancer's Diet​ Abroad?

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When it comes to food, dancers can be the pickiest. And for good reason! Dancers have to finely tune their diets to fuel their bodies.

But what happens when you're working overseas? Three American dancers who've joined companies abroad gave Dance Magazine a glimpse at how their eating habits have changed in their adopted countries.


Jon Bond at Nederlands Dans Theater: "These kids can cook!"

Rahi Rezvani, courtesy NDT (Jon Bond rehearsing Hofesh Shechter's Clowns)

Rehearsal day lunch: "At NDT, we only get a 45-minute lunch break. They have a canteen where you can order sandwiches, lasagna, salads and breakfast all day. But I sometimes sneak out for Thai food or KFC. "

Homesick for: "Can I get some In-N-Out, some Mercer Kitchen, some Popeyes, some real Mexican food, some Dominican food, tres leches, some Roscoe's chicken and waffles, Chipotle and some Levain Bakery, please?!"

Local delights: "Kaasbroodjes (baked cheese pastries) and dinner parties with my colleagues—these kids can cook!"

​Chelsea Adomaitis at Paris Opéra Ballet: "Everyone has dessert with lunch"

Angela Sterling for Pointe

Allergies abroad: "I think the first words I learned in French were "je suis allergique à…" I know the types of foods here that tend to contain my allergens—soy, nuts, garlic, mustard—so I have a general idea of what to avoid."

Diet changes: "The salads here are very cool: different combinations of grains and fruits along with vegetables—quite different from what I'm used to. And the desserts! The selection is endless. And everyone has one with lunch. It's pretty amazing."

New food habit: "Judging the freshness of my baguette in hours rather than days."

​Nicole Assaad at Hong Kong Ballet: "It can be tough being a Westerner in Asia"

Conrad Dy-Liacco, Courtesy HKB

Diet changes: "I eat much more sushi and Korean food now. I have kimchi with almost everything."

Culinary comparisons: "It can be tough being a Westerner in Asia. I have a very athletic, Hispanic build, which is great for normal life, but I am very aware of what I put into my body to keep an appropriate image for the dance world. Most of my Asian colleagues are naturally very thin. I've seen them eat noodles day and night, which for my body wouldn't work so well. Instead of comparing my diet to theirs, I focus on all the amazing and delicious foods I can enjoy."

Unexpected discovery: "I can find 'home' in food. There's an Argentinian place that reminds me of my dad's famous Venezuelan-style BBQs. Even Asian restaurants remind me of my mom's Chinese rice and spring rolls."

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