There is pressure to look a certain way as you pursue dance.
The Dancers’ Best Body Program was created for you…
From the time you were probably much too young, it’s been stressed how important your body is as a dancer.
It should look a certain way…
move a certain way…
be a certain way…
You’ve been told by teachers or artistic staff over the years that, “your thighs are too big” or “your arms aren’t toned enough” or your “proportions aren’t right.”
Then they give you zero helpful information on how to achieve this “ideal”.
You’re left confused, without any support, trying to figure out your body alone.
All the mixed messages in the media and on social media just make things worse.
You’re eating as healthfully as you know how, maybe you even track calories in an attempt to restrict, but for some reason, your body isn’t shifting in the direction you desire.
It feels like your career is stalling or will never get started.
Ready for a change?
FIND UNSHAKEABLE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR BODY AND DANCING…
with The Whole Dancer 7 Step Best Body Process
8 Course Modules
STEP 1 – LEARN THE BASICS OF HEALTHY EATING TO OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE
- Learn healthy eating basics so you can eat well without stress.
- I’ll share the #1 word you need to eliminate from your thought process to make lasting changes.
- You’ll make an easy eating plan shift that prioritizes energy boosting foods (without restriction or deprivation).
STEP 2 – PRACTICE SELF CARE TO IMPROVE BODY IMAGE
- Create routines that help you maximize your energy so you can dance full out.
- Manage stress and balance hormones so you can reach your personal best body.
- Identify unhealthy influences so you can prioritize supportive relationships.
STEP 3 – TWD MEAL PLAN METHOD TO MAKE FOOD CHOICES EASY
- Sort through conflicting nutrition info so you’re not confused by all the mixed messages.
- Plan and prep weekly meals so healthy eating is easy, delicious, desired, and consistent.
- Meet your unique needs as a dancer fueling your body to avoid injury.
STEP 4 – CREATE YOUR EATING PLAN TO SERVE YOUR PERSONAL NEEDS AND PREFERENCES
- Add in new foods and identify the fuel that works best for your individual needs.
- Support your rehearsal and performance schedule with adequate nourishment.
- Enjoy everything you eat so you never feel deprived.
STEP 5 – CULTIVATE CONFIDENCE IN FOOD CHOICES, BODY, AND DANCING
- Unpack all the body comments and feedback you’ve received so you can let go and move on.
- Create a mindful relationship with food.
- Find empowerment in your eating choices.
- Eliminate emotional eating habits.
- Change the way you view food.
STEP 6 – CREATE A TARGETED CROSS TRAINING PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN DANCE PERFORMANCE
- How to create a stream lined cross training plan to support your dancing.
- Learn food shifts that will maximize your cross training results.
- Combat inflammation by prioritizing gut health and adding superfoods to your eating plan.
STEP 7 – ELIMINATE RESTRICTION TO REMOVE GUILT AROUND FOOD
- Find balance with food and end any restrictive or overeating cycles you’re in.
- Incorporate indulgences so you can enjoy cake without guilt.
- ID sources of cravings so you can respond to them calmly.
BONUS MODULE 8
The Dancers’ Best Body Course
AND GROUP COACHING PROGRAM
GRACE BROWN, COLORADO BALLET ACADEMY
Before participating in The Dancers’ Best Body Program, I was struggling with binge eating episodes, low body confidence, and a lack of energy when dancing. The Dancers’ Best Body Program (and The Whole Dancer for that matter) has a higher quality of content than other online support services for dancers.
I love how the program puts a huge emphasis on self love and self care. I feel that is the main component that has helped me get to where I am today. The program does not just focus on food but on the complete well being of the dancer. I also love how Jess was a professional dancer and understands the struggles dancers are going through. To me, it is crucial that I have a coach who understands what I am going through as opposed to, say, a non-dancer dietician.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the group coaching calls as it was the first time I have ever been able to talk about my problems out loud around other dancers, and everyone was extremely supportive and understanding. I went into this program only hoping for weight loss, but what I got was much better. I now have a healthy mindset and a greater sense of self love. I am able to eat a cookie at night without feeling guilty. I have also noticed an increase of tone in my muscles as a side effect of a healthy mindset.
NICOLE MOYER, SAN FRANCISCO BALLET APPRENTICE
I signed up for The Dancers’ Best Body Program for support in conquering food restriction, body dysmorphia, and not feeling confident in my body. It was so helpful to work with Jess who is a dancer, who has struggled with the same things dancers go through everyday.
Through the program, I saw a shift in mindset from focusing on my body aesthetic to my overall health, well-being and my technique. I’ve felt greater confidence in my dancing and daily life and found a better awareness of how to listen to my body.
I gained a perspective of what others are going through and how they are dealing with their problems. The program also provided a sense of supportive community to help me and encourage me through my own struggles.
EMILY KLEINSCHMIDT, BALLET CO LABORATORY
After gaining more information about food, I have a better understanding of what foods work for my body. I’ve noticed just a general sense of feeling better when I fuel my body with nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. More importantly, though, I pinpointed the root of my body image issues. I wouldn’t say that it’s been magically solved and I feel great about my body everyday, but I do think that I’m on the path to self acceptance.
I just returned to the studio. I was having some anxiety about the judgement and shame I’d put on how my body looked, but I was surprised to learn that the first day I looked in the mirror and felt great. For the first time in ages I didn’t look around the room and say to myself “you’re the fattest person here”, which is HUGE for me. I’m sure I’ll still have hard days moving forward, but I feel like I now have some tools to work towards permanent self acceptance.
I would absolutely recommend this course. If someone was struggling with how to fuel their body, how they see themselves, negative self talk, relationship with food, cross training, or comparison to others, then this is the course for you. You’ll learn valuable information that will help you gain a better relationship with food and with yourself. You’ll also connect with people through the group coaching calls in a really positive way.
HANNAH KNORR, CONFLUENCE BALLET COMPANY
I always thought that I was just going to struggle with food and my body forever and be unhappy until I was skinny. Which at my core, I knew was false. But without this program, my past self would’ve believed all of the thoughts that came through my head as facts. By participating in this program, those thoughts I had were often challenged and that allowed me to take a step back, and see that the voice in my head wasn’t always telling the truth.
I am here to say it is 100% possible to find peace with food, body and enjoy dancing again.
We are all human and have ups and downs and through the group coaching calls, you can confide in one another, gain tools and education from Jess and others, and for me it really shrank my problems that I was blowing out of proportion in my head. In the best way. I gained more trust and positivity in my relationship with myself, and was able to step away from the victim feeling – I don’t allow all my thoughts to control my happiness and self worth any more.
Here’s what it looks like inside the online program…
YOUR COACHES + PRESENTERS
Your holistic health, nutrition, and lifestyle coach for dancers.
Jess Spinner founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 to support dancers in discovering a more balanced approach to food and their bodies. Her own struggles led her down this path and her professional dance experience gives her first-hand understanding of the pressure dancers face. Jess is a multi-certified coach who began health coaching in 2009.
Your guest health coach.
Sarah Lane is a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and a newly certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She will be supporting you through one group coaching session as a guest coach. Learn from her years of high-level professional dance experience and her passion and knowledge of nutrition.
Your guest presenter.
Marie Elena Scioscia, M.S., R.D., CDN. is a Luigi trained former dancer, registered dietitian, and certified fitness professional who seeks to inspire the young dancer who wishes to have a healthy and long dance career though proper nutrition and diet. She will provide one guest lecture during the program on the science of nutrition for dancers.
Your can achieve your biggest goals and dreams in dance…
TIMMORIE FREEMAN, TRAINEE WITH ALONZO KING LINES BALLET
Prior to taking part in this program, I struggled with body confidence, my restricting and bingeing habits, and solidifying strategies to properly fuel myself. The support in the group program was fantastic, I loved the group coaching calls! It was nice to connect with dancers outside my circle and know we were all in a similar boat.
Initially you may be thinking that this is a program to help you lose weight. Instead, the program offers information, support, a chance to dive deep into your habits or patterns, and an opportunity for a major mental shift. You gain a lot of knowledge and healthy habits and lose what no longer serves you in becoming your best self! Losing the stress and worries around food is the greatest weight I’ve left behind!
Bodies fluctuate, so my biggest goals were in creating lasting change in my habits and approach to food. I have more body confidence, I have much healthier habits, and a really relaxed approach when it comes to food. Rather than worrying about weight gain, I get to consider what will help me feel fulfilled today. Some days it’s my favorite salad and other days, it’s a homemade baked treat. Though I’ve had some weight loss, I don’t believe it’s the most important change from the program.
EMMA STEWART, CANADA’S NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL
This program is much more interactive than other dancers’ support services I have seen. From bi-weekly group coaching, to journaling and actions, the program allows you to apply what you learn and make new habits in your daily life.
Jess is an incredibly supportive and encouraging coach. She has built a program in which you can meet new dancers from around the world who share the same struggles as you. I have been able to create new healthy habits in my diet. I gained immense amounts of confidence in my dancing and body. And most importantly, I’m no longer worried about how months off from COVID-19 will affect my future.
I have lost the couple of pounds I gained from quarantine. I have seen changes in my leg muscles and abdominals. I have much less worry about my body and myself as a whole person. My mindset is much more positive.
TATUM BEYNON, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA BFA DANCE PROGRAM
I have a much better mental view of myself, WAY better body image, and I am not afraid of food anymore… I am just thankful that I can have joy when I dance.
If you really invest in this program, it can heal your body image, relationship with food, and help you accept yourself where you are. I may not have dropped 20 pounds over the course of this program, but that’s not necessarily what it means to achieve your best body.
Your best body is one that you are comfortable in and I am proud to say I am comfortable in mine. I finally don’t feel alone in my struggles and feel that I have the tools and resources to overcome them.
Try The Dancers’ Best Body Course for 14 days. If you’re not happy, I’ll give you your money back. During those 2 weeks, fully immerse yourself in the program resources, Facebook group and email support.
If you’re not satisfied with your progress, I’ll refund the cost of the program.
CHANTELLE MEYERS, PROFESSIONAL DANCER ABROAD
When I worked with sports doctors and nutritionists in the past they didn’t really understand a dancers life and were just trying to promote their own agenda, rather than help you find exactly what works for you.
I would definitely recommend The Dancers’ Best Body Program. I think the biggest reason I recommend it is because the program covers everything and helps you create a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained long-term — it isn’t an extreme or “quick fix” program.
Through my participation, I have a better mindset, more self-love and more muscle tone.
I really enjoyed the group calls and always looked forward to them! I am going to miss them! It has helped me to be more accountable with going through the program. Whilst I am comfortable sharing with individual people, sometimes sharing with a group of people stresses me, so it has helped push me out of my comfort zone and become more confident.
I think that The Dancer’s Best Body Program is amazing because there is such a sense of camaraderie amongst the other participating dancers. It feels open, safe, and encouraging in every aspect. The number one thing that has changed for me during this program is the awareness of my mindset. Along with that, I have discovered an eating plan that works for me and helps me feel energized and confident. I have noticed positive changes in my body and proportions that have not only been noticed by me but by others as well.
Anna Ackerman, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Meet Your Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach
Hi! I’m Jess Spinner, Founder of The Whole Dancer.
After attending Butler University and dancing professionally, I became a Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach specializing in health and wellness for high level dancers. For my full bio, click here.
My professional experience and my work with dancers has made it very clear to me: finding a healthy balance to sustain a long, confident and successful career can be a challenge!
If you’re stressed about the aesthetic pressures of ballet or struggle with unhelpful body image, The Dancers’ Best Body Program was created for you.
You can overcome the doubts you have about your body and ability as a dancer. It is possible to achieve your personal best dancer’s body in a healthy, sustainable way. You can get the job, the role or the promotion and this program can help get you there.
I can’t wait to work with you!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE DANCERS’ BEST BODY PROGRAM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. By purchasing The Dancer’s Best Body Program you accept, agree and understand that you are fully responsible for your progress and results from your participation and that we offer no representations, warranties or guarantees verbally or in writing regarding your weight, dancing, career, goals or results of any kind. You alone are responsible for your actions and results in life and dance which are dependent on personal factors including, but not necessarily limited to, your skill, knowledge, ability, and dedication to yourself and your career.
Throughout the program, nutrition resources and information include links to scholarly articles and nutrition research studies that validate what is shared.
It is of our highest priority to share accurate and scientifically sound information.