What to Do When a Student Stops Eating

What to Do When a Student Stops Eating

It can happen so quickly. One moment a promising student is strong and pushing their way forward to success, and then suddenly they begin to evaporate before your eyes. Research has consistently shown that dancers are at least three times as likely to experience an...

Stop Eating Disorders Before They Start

“My first eating disorder, I was about 14,” says Deborah Wingert, head faculty at Manhattan Youth Ballet. “I remember carefully limiting everything I ate. I’d eat three quarters of the piece of toast and not the last quarter.” Then...

4 Tips on Dealing With Eating Disorders in Students

As a dance teacher, you’ve almost certainly had to talk to a student about her or his weight, at one point or another. (You may have even had memorable conversations or situations in your own dance training—or maybe it’s something that affected you as a...

Talk Privately About Body Concerns

In our January 2017 health column registered dietitian Emily Harrison and Manhattan Youth Ballet head faculty Deborah Wingert offer seven tips for helping students build positive relationships to food. One step you can take is to talk privately with students about any...

New Video Calls on Dancers (and Everyone Else) to Love Their Bodies

For students and performers of all ages, body image and eating disorders can be serious issues. The dance company MusEffect confronts these topics in a new video. In “Look At Me—Celebrating the Authentic You,” dancers (including familiar face Mollee Gray from “SYTYCD”...

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