What Ballerinas Actually Eat, Straight From the Dancers Themselves



Ballet dancers, like modern geishas or runway models, fall into the camp of ethereal beings we openly gush over for their innate sense of calm and poise. Elegant, lithe, and graceful, ballerinas have a physical prowess that makes them both mysterious and fascinating—so obviously, we want to know anything we can about their daily routines (in a totally non-creepy way, we swear).

Health junkies that we are, we’re particularly interested in learning about what ballerinas eat. Aren’t you curious to know what someone must consume to stay that lean and strong? “A common misconception is that we don’t eat, which is totally not true,” says New York City Corps ballet dancer Kristen Segin. “If anything, sometimes we have to eat more just to make it through the day. My mantra is everything in moderation.”

“Ballerinas are athletes. We need to eat well in order to feel good, maintain energy, and avoid injury,” says New York City Ballet soloist Brittany Pollack.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.