We’re absolutely thrilled to present our new webinar series here! It’s all about THE hottest topic in dance at the moment: How we can make sure that dancers fuel enough for health and peak performance, and how they can avoid life-long repercussions from underfueling (low energy availability) during their training years and active career. Understanding dancers’ health is key – and that’s why these webinars are designed for dance students, professional dancers, parents and teachers and coaches alike!

Join us for one, two, or all of the webinars and become a knowledgeable part of the dance community, fostering a bright future for healthier – and happier! – dancers!

All webinars were held live on Nov 21, 2020. If you could not attend live, or you’ve come across the webinars only after the date, recordings are available!

For schools and companies: Please email hello@ausdancersoverseas.com, or use the contact form at the bottom of this page, to learn about our special terms and conditions in educational settings.

WEBINAR 1: The female menstrual cycle – an important maker of health for dancers and athletes and why you should have regular periods.

Dance has the common misconception that missing periods are normal. Ever heard ’You’re moving so much, this is normal.’? Hm, exactly. This may be common – but it is in no way normal. Many pre-professional and professional female dancers, as well as their parents and teachers have no idea why regular periods are so important, in fact why they are a marker of health, with missing periods pointing towards severe health concerns, affecting both physical and mental health. In our clinical practice, we have met countless dancers with very little idea what their menstrual cycle actually should be like, or what happens in their body every single month.

This webinar will teach you 

  • the 101 of the female menstrual cycle
  • when you should have your very first period and why 
  • why delayed maturation is a huge health concern
  • why the oral contraceptive pill does not induce periods or produce a real menstruation
  • why planning your training around your cycle can be hugely beneficial
  • typical comments you will encounter when you seek help (e.g. GP) for a lack of periods and how to navigate these

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WEBINAR 2: No period – no problem?! Low energy availability, relative energy deficiency in sports, and secondary amenorrhea in dance. With special guest: Jenna Caley, former principal dancer of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and how RED-S affected her career.

What happens in a dancer’s body when periods go MIA? Nicky and Stephanie recently found in their own study that up tp 50% of female dancers have no/no regular periods, and that is extremely concerning. What is the cause? Not what you’ve probably been told ’because you’re moving so much’. Low energy availability/RED-S is an imbalance between energy intake (=food) and energy expenditure (dance, S&C, every day activities like walking or cycling, and every other process that keeps you alive – your heartbeat, your breathing, your metabolism). This imbalance is often fueled by beliefs that still circulate in the dance world, that you’ve possibly been told by a director or teacher, or that you saw somewhere on social media, by diet culture which is prevalent in our daily life, but also by certain personal traits that you may have like perfectionism. 

This webinar will help you understand why low energy availability can 

  • cause negative changes in bone health early in life (osteopenia, osteoporosis) with frequent /recurrent injuries
  • negatively affect your cardiovascular (=heart and blood vessels) health and brain health
  • negatively affect your immune system
  • negatively affect your training adaptation and performance on stage (Feeling like you’re not getting anywhere no matter how many extra hours you spend in the studio?!)
  • cause difficulties picking up and memorizing choreography or corrections
  • make you feel constantly irritated, in a low mood or anxious
  • negatively affecting your body composition, hence your physical appearance

A lack of regular periods is only one sign of low energy availability/RED-S, but it’s an easy to spot one, and definitely one that shouldn’t be ignored!

PLUS: Listen to Jenna and her personal insights into years of low energy availability and how it affected the way she thought about food, how it affected her body image, comments she got during her years of training and as a professional dancer, and why she is now so passionate about creating a much healthier and safer environment for future dancers.

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WEBINAR 3: Male dancers don’t get RED-S – or do they? Why low energy availability negatively affects male dancers’ health and performance.

Low energy availability (LEA) and relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) are common in male dancers as well – but it is harder to spot as they lack a clear sign like missing periods in female dancers. 

In this webinar, Nicky and Stephanie will teach you all about how male dancers and athletes can be affected by LEA and RED-S, how to diagnose both, and what to do if you/your son/your student or dancer is affected. The discussion will include

  • signs to look out for in male dancers
  • potential life-long consequences
  • how to adapt training volume and intensities
  • how to adapt nutrition for your needs
  • common roadblocks you may encounter when trying to address the issue with your teacher/director

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WEBINARS 1+2: Are you particularly interested in female dancers’/athletes’ health? Then this is your package – webinars 1+2! Benefit from a huge discount and enjoy both webinars for a special price.

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WEBINARS 2+3: Low energy availability (LEA) and relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S) are your main concerns and you want to learn more? We’ve got you covered: Enjoy both webinars and get the package for a special price!

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ALL WEBINARS: You want to know it all? Join our webinar-marathon and learn everything, from fundamentals to far more complex reactions in a dancer’s body and mind. Once you have completed all webinars, you’ll look at your training, or the students and dancers you train, in a different, more holistic, evidence-based, and healthier way!

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AusDancersOverseas: Dr. Stephanie Potreck trained in London, UK, at The Urdang. An injury ended her career early and sparked her interest in medicine. She’s been a doctor for 15 years, but is also a registered sports nutritionist in order to provide a more holistic approach to healthcare for dancers. By optimizing dancers’ health and nutrition, she ultimately optimizes their performance. She is also still active as a researcher and specializes in the treatment of low energy availability (LEA), relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) and hypothalamic amenorrhea in dancers. She’s a regular at the barre too, and loves to network.

Dr. Nicky Keay has always been passionate about dancing and continues to take 4ballet classes per week. Studying medicine with a focus on hormones (endocrinology), has enabled her to support dancers in a practical way in terms of research and clinical practice. Her aim is that dancers, whatever their level, can enjoy happy, long years of dancing. Nicky is medical advisor to Scottish Ballet and currently undertaking new research with these dancers.

Find out more: http://www.nickykeayfitness.com

Jenna Caley trained at The Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Newcastle, Australia and later at The Royal Ballet School. in 2003, Jenna became a dancer with The Birmingham Royal Ballet for 15 years where she was promoted to principal and danced all over the world. She found Pilates helped her through some very serious injuries during her career and became a qualified Pilates instructor to help others. Jenna studied under Alan Herdman Pilates and has since opened her own home studio and works with dancers all over the world.

Find out more: http://www.jennacaley.com