The Dancer’s Way: The New York City Ballet Guide to Mind, Body, and Nutrition

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In the current dance scene, performers contend with choreography that involves extreme dance, multiple techniques, and acrobatic moves, exemplified in the popular reality television show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” The dilemma for aspiring professionals is that dance class no longer provides sufficient preparation for performing at this level. Dancers who want to achieve their best, avoid injury, and perform at their peak will welcome the insight and advice in the pages of The Dancer’s Way.
The world-renowned New York City Ballet developed their proven wellness program to help dancers reach their potential without compromising their health. As one of the key designers of this program, former dancer and clinical psychologist Linda Hamilton, Ph.D. provides the essential principles of wellness that will help you achieve your goals in all levels and forms of dance. These include keeping yourself physically healthy, nutritionally sound, and mentally prepared as a dancer. New York City Ballet’s celebrated program, here for the first time in book form, highlights every tool you’ll need to stay in great shape.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312342357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312342357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very helpful.

12 people found this helpful.
 on January 24, 2012
By stacied84
I have been dancing and teaching dance for years and have owned many books and dvds that instruct dancers on how to stay healthy. What set this book apart for me was that not only did it give tips to keep my body in shape, it also had entire sections on dealing with stress and the effect that stress has on your body. Perhaps my favorite feature in the book is the appendix. It gives information and worksheets for the dancer to fill out that range from injury terminology to what cooking supplies a dancer should have in their kitchen. I have read this book multiple times and always reference it when I have a question. I also recommend it to my students. This is a must have for anyone who is serious in dance.

Good information in a concise package.

29 people found this helpful.
 on September 14, 2009
By Shoppermom
I bought this book for my 17-year-old dancer daughter on the recommendation of another dancer. As it arrived when my daughter was away, I took advantage of the chance to look at it fairly thoroughly. I was very impressed by the straight forward nutritional advice and the common sense tone of the whole book. Young dancers tend to do a lot of wacky things; this book gives hope of success by following a more thoughtful and reasoned approach. The personal stories told by various dancers are a method that I know young people respond to well. When my daughter left for her last dance program, this book went with her, unlike many that stayed behind in her bedroom.

Four Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on April 10, 2016
By hudsonflyer
The book has helpful information but is pretty repetitive in the beginning.

Excellent book!

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 10, 2013
By Christine Robinson
I bought this for my 17 year old granddaughter and she loved it. She is an advanced ballet dancer and always had questions about good nutrition. It’s all in the book and very readable.


3 people found this helpful.
 on August 15, 2013
By A. Burrell
This was a gift for a 10-year old friend so I hope she keeps it close as she continues her dance lessons which she LOVES. I looked and read thought the book before giving it to her and thought it would be a good reference now and in the future.

Five Stars

 on October 30, 2016
By Kristia van Heerden
Super helpful for all types of dancers. Really enjoyed the chapters on cross-training.

Five Stars

 on March 2, 2016
By Mr Chris Montgomery
Present for family member and was very well received.

Five Stars

 on August 27, 2015
By Christel A.
love it

Very Practical Knowledge

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 17, 2013
By kr
This book is very easy to read, and contains great guidelines for getting you started on creating a program to support your dancing. Other resources may be needed to create, for example, an effective and detailed cardio or weight-lifting program tailored to your liking, but this book definitely gives you a framework to do that. I am an adult beginner – dancing 5 years now and loving every moment. Even though I know this book is geared to professionals and pre-professional dancers, I still found the information extremely useful. Balancing a full-time job with ballet classes 3-5x per week is also very demanding physically and mentally. Nutrition, cross-training, and dealing with injuries are important for the dedicated recreational dancer as well.

Great for dancers and other athletes.

6 people found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2012
By A Reader
This book contains a lot of valuable advice that is applicable to other athletes such as ways to cope with stress, performance anxiety, and rehabilitation. It also includes dietary advice for dancers (but the information it contains about eating disorders and other food issues might also be of use for other athletes as well). I have read it a few times, and would like to pass it along to many other athletes I know.

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