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Is a "Healthy Dancer's Weight" Possible if You've Had an Eating Disorder?

It took two years of intense nutrition counseling and psychotherapy to pull me out of being anorexic. My problem now is that I've gained too much weight from eating normally. Is there no middle ground? I can't fit into my clothes, but I don't want to go back to being sick.

—Former Anorexic, Weston, CT


Please give yourself a break. It's a normal biological response to overeat once you stop starving your body. Over time, this urge should naturally even out and so will your weight. Most former anorexics who respond well to professional help flourish as they gain strength and muscle mass, which increases how quickly you burn calories. Once your eating habits are stable, your health-care team can help you tweak your food intake and cardio workouts to achieve a healthy dancer's weight. Your dietitian and licensed psychotherapist should offer support and guidance during this transitional period. Don't panic. You are on the right path!

Send your questions to Dr. Linda Hamilton at advicefordancers@dancemedia.com.

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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