According to Contemporary-Dance.org, eating properly enables dancers to have the energy and mental focus to excel in their particular form of dancing. Typically, a dancer's diet should be comprised of 30 percent fruits and vegetables, 30 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent protein, 15 percent milk and dairy products, and 5 percent fats and sugar. In addition, dancers need to consume adequate amounts of water.
Contemporary-Dance.org encourages dancers to eat protein as a part of every main meal in order to control appetite urges that may occur doing the day. Fish, poultry, eggs, and meat all contain the necessary amounts of protein. Carbohydrates consumed in pasta, potatoes, rice, and corn are beneficial for a dancer as well. Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day are a very important part of a dancer's diet. Oils, butter, and candy can be consumed occasionally but not too often.
According to Contemporary-Dance.org, beginning the day with a healthy breakfast helps dancers get off to a healthy start. Large amounts of food aren't necessary at breakfast, but the meal should include portions of each food group in order to eliminate weakness and dizziness during the day.
An important factor to any balanced diet is plenty of water. For a dancer, thirst is always a sign of dehydration. According to Contemporary-Dance.org, dancers should consume water before, during and following rehearsals as well as when they wake up.