Jess Spinner Nutrition Coach for Dancers

Why The Whole Dancer

There is a huge need for greater awareness of health, wellness, and balanced lifestyle in the dance world. You’re so focused on what goes on in the studio and on stage, that it’s easy to convince yourself that nothing else matters.

The truth is, when you find balance and health in your life, you’ll be a better dancer.

Here’s my story and why I founded The Whole Dancer:

I studied dance at the school of the Eglevsky Ballet on Long Island. Over the years, I attended summer programs at The Kirov Academy, North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston Ballet, ABT in New York, and Orlando Ballet.

After high school, I studied dance and arts administration at Butler University. Upon graduation, I danced with The Louisville Ballet; then I freelanced in the Boston area. My career ended partly because of an injury and partly because I never worked through my disordered relationship with food and my body.

From student to professional, I found myself constantly struggling with body image, food choices, confidence, and all of my perceived shortcomings as a dancer and artist. I hated what I saw in the mirror; it was not the “ideal” ballet body by any stretch.

There was a nagging (and very real) fear that I could be fired at any moment and might not get another job. I wasn’t confident in my technique or facility, and I consistently felt like my body just wasn’t the right fit. Through all of this, Gilmore Girls provided solace: Rory and Lorelai made me feel less alone. I also used food to push down and ignore my stress and emotions.

With the birth of my daughter in 2019, the importance of this work was only magnified. When I think back to my younger self, I am distraught thinking about my daughter having similarly damaging experiences. Whether you’re a dancer or dance parent, finding support from someone who has been there is essential.

Why Health Coaching?

Through all of my struggles as a dancer, I was obsessed with nutrition and dieting. I read so many contradictory things about food and health; I was starved for answers.

In 2009 while I was still dancing, I became one of Whole Foods Market’s first Healthy Eating Specialists trained in Nutritarian Plant Based Nutrition. In 2013, I became a Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. My own healing required a holistic approach, and so many dancers experience similar food and body hang-ups that Health Coaching addresses so well. It’s not just about food, but about how you see yourself in the mirror, the ways you’re moving outside of the studio, and the lifestyle you’ve created around your training and profession. To continue to further my knowledge,I attained a Precision Nutrition Certification with a focus in Sports Nutrition in 2020.

Through my studies, I achieved a balanced, beautiful, happy life, and I am finally at peace with my body and my dancing. I’m now obsessed with the Pilates Reformer and dancing just for myself. Most importantly, I’m confident in my skin.

Before starting The Whole Dancer, I thought maybe it was just me…maybe I was alone with my struggles. As I talked with more and more dancers, I realized the fears we all encounter are very similar.

I created The Whole Dancer to help you reach your highest potential as a dancer.

Who I work with…

Dancers from top companies including  New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and aspiring dancers from around the world have participated in individual coaching and group programs from The Whole Dancer. There are flexible pricing options available (just ask), and many resources are provided at no – charge in order to support as many dancers as possible to find balance and true happiness as you work towards your dance goals.

What’s Possible?

Through individual coaching and group programs, dancers reach body goals and cultivate positive body image. You can reach peak performance and your personal best body too. When you reach your personal best body with the right mindset, confidence increases exponentially. Get ready to move to the front of the studio feeling happy, healthy, energetic, and self-assured! For client testimonials, click here.

Lots of love!!

Jess-3

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