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Dancers' Body Book [Hardcover]

Allegra Kent
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Olympic Marketing Corp (Mar 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688022111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688022112
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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The number-one reason dancers have to diet is the merciless exposure of their bodies in class and onstage. Read the first page
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit Outdated, but still Useful 6 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I like this book, cause it gives great reasons to be fit and in shape, for all kinds of people (dancers, dancer wanna-be's, and non-dancers alike) It also gives lost of quotes from different dancers on their different points of view and stradegies on how to maintain a good healthy diet and physical workouts, whether that be ballet or some other kind of workout. The great thing about this book is that there are diets that are very healthy and filling, and if one can follow them successfuly than one would be sure to drop a few pounds.
The only problem that I have with this book is that it is at times contradictory of what alot of the new nutritional values are, and at times it seems to me that what some of the dancers suggest, contains an underlying tone of anorexia. But hey it was written in 1984--over 10 yrs. ago, so what do ya expect?!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was a bit skeptical about buying a dieting book for dancers, as I know how severe the pressure is for dancer to be thin and figured all books would promote and/or encourage anorexia. I was thrilled when reading this book as it strongly advised against anorexia and gave some wonderful facts on dancers losing weight.

I am a dancer who has always struggled with her weight. I can't stand eating salad and fruit 24/7 as I am a sucker for cakes and soft drink. The example weekly diet in this book has such a variety of foods to choose from and not just salad.

This wonderful book starts off by explaining to the reader just what being a ballerina is like... the pressure, the training, constant criticism, etc and why they have the need to diet. The author does a fantastic job in getting across the real reason dancers need to be thin - perception of gracefulness in performance and scrutiny in front of mirrors during class.

I have tried fad diets and all types of things. I always thought a low carb diet would be best, but being a dancer, I need energy and the best source of which is carbohydrates. This is the first and only diet I have ever actually seen that encourages eating carbs!

It allows you to still eat certain foods that you like. Ie: chocolate brownies, cakes and even soft drink. Even though these things may be the low fat or diet versions, it still allows you to have them based on the amount of calories you are eating per day - just like weight watchers.

Another great thing is that is gives you recipes to a lot of the meals mentioned in the diet plan. Not only that, but because dancers are always on the move and don't have much time to prepare meals, these recipes are simple and quick to make.

Overall, a MUST HAVE book for any dancer... not only to help them lose weight, but as a reference for the kinds of foods dancers should and should not be eating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By grottie
Format:Paperback
The book is filled with sensible and usable advice, and both the weight reduction and weight maintenance diets are used by me on regular basis and score very high on practicality, ease and results. Some of the nutritional values stated in the book are a bit imprecise, but this can be easliy remedied with an up-to-date calorie counter. Another thing I altered is, I excluded the red wine with dinner (as I don't drink at all), eliminated diet coke, and substituted a non-bread option of a similar caloric value where possible (not a fan of bread). I also suggest drinking your tea/coffee with a bit of cinnamon, as that works very well for controlling hunger and stabilising blood sugar (tested many times without fail). In winter, coffee with cinnamon, cloves and a (tiny!) pinch of cayenne pepper is pretty nice too, but not on empty stomach, of course.
As for the cross-training suggestions in the book, I find that running and biking are too harsh to be used on regular basis, so I do yoga instead.
I would highly recommend the book to anyone, dancer or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resourse to encourage success 23 April 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent in pointing out any diet can work, it's discipline that makes it work. The book then encourages the discipline needed to achieve success. It also gives wise advice about the use of weighing oneself and the unhelpfulness of slavery to the scales.

Don't be fooled by the old fashioned pictures, I have found it's advocacies to be entirely up to date with modern science on dieting.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit Outdated, but still Useful 6 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I like this book, cause it gives great reasons to be fit and in shape, for all kinds of people (dancers, dancer wanna-be's, and non-dancers alike) It also gives lost of quotes from different dancers on their different points of view and stradegies on how to maintain a good healthy diet and physical workouts, whether that be ballet or some other kind of workout. The great thing about this book is that there are diets that are very healthy and filling, and if one can follow them successfuly than one would be sure to drop a few pounds.
The only problem that I have with this book is that it is at times contradictory of what alot of the new nutritional values are, and at times it seems to me that what some of the dancers suggest, contains an underlying tone of anorexia. But hey it was written in 1984--over 10 yrs. ago, so what do ya expect?!
43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars read this book with caution 17 Jan 2004
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Format:Paperback
I have read this book several times, and as a dancer, it actually encourages me NOT to follow the outrageous diet plans of the dancers featured in the book. Admittedly, i can relate to the desperate measures that these people will take to lose weight perhaps temporarily, for a certain ballet or an important audition. However, these are not measures that I am proud of, and frankly I find it disturbing that Ms. Kent feels free to encourage extreme behavior, especially in young people (and ESPECIALLY young dancers!) The active lifestyle of a dancer needs to be supplemented by proper nutrition; the mere mention of Susan Jaffe's summer of drinking "a lot of iced tea" to help acquire her job with American Ballet Theatre is dangerous information for aspiring, developing young girls to have their hands on. We can only hope that anyone reading this book for the first time will take it with a grain of salt, considering it was written nearly twenty years ago.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inside information on how dancers keep in great shape. 14 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVED THIS BOOK AND WILL KEEP IT TO REFER BACK TO. Allegra Kent interviews many dancers on how they stay in such super good shape. She interviews Fernando Bujones, Mikhail Baryshnikof, Gelsey Kirkland and so many others! It is very inspiring and honest. Many dancers confess to weaknesses - smoking, drinking, overeating, but tell how they compensate for it. When you put all the advice together it makes for a very informative book.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Found This Book Very Helpful 12 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The diet outlined is this book is very easy to stick with, makes you feel better about your body (especially in a leotard and tights)and actually increases your energy level tremendously. After only a couple of days I noticed a change in my appearance, and my partner actually said I felt much lighter. I would recommend this book to dancers and nondancers alike.
38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a dancer 21 Jan 2003
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Format:Paperback
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. this book promotes eating disorders, plain and simple. i'm a dancer, and i have always been thin, but the "suggestions" this book gives are absurd. dancers are very conscious of their bodies, compare themselves to other dancers and hold themselves up to high standards. this book pretty much says that a dancer who is 5'3" should be 94 pounds. this is so messed up. the book suggests a diet of 1200 calories a day. look at the titles: "why a dancer should diet: you can't hide anything in tights" and "the chain around the refrigerator." it shows a dancer ready to "feast" on garden products. besides that, this book was written in 1984. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
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