The Salsa Dancer's Diet:

Posted by Dan on 9th April 2015


thought I'd ask what everyone would say about discussing this subject?

I know that for alot of physical activities, popular pastimes and  sports etc there are people/athletes etc who have particular diets to either improve their performance or general well being.

Just wondered if the same thing is discussed or promoted in this community?

By Dan

You're better off asking me personally haha. 

By Jake on 10th April 2015 at 13:14

Not something we've looked at before Daniel, and an interesting point you raise.  I'm not a nutritionist, but I'd say that it's even more important to have a good diet.  Personally speaking, dancing 3-6 times a week over the last few years, I've found it difficult to get enough calories from good sources.

It's difficult to keep the weight on!  Particularly given that I'm so time poor.  It's easy enough to get calories, but not good slow-release calories from complex carbohydrates.  Personally, I supplement my diet with protein and vitamin tablets.  But I realise that's not for everyone. 

By James on 10th April 2015 at 16:24

Personally I find this subject matter very interesting. I've done a lot of experimenting with different consumables to see how they affect my dancing.

However I've only ever found one substance which can improve my dancing. 2 to 3 doses before dancing imediantly enhances the quality of my dances. 

Its also all natural so there's no nasty chemicals left in you body. It comes it a variety of flavours and strengths and it is widely available. 

Beer has dramatically changed my dancing and enjoyment of dancing. I fully recommend trying it. Unless youre driving. 

By Richard on 10th April 2015 at 22:10

I also have a most unhelpful answer, in that dancing allows me to eat... Not the other way round!

By Anneka on 11th April 2015 at 15:10


Sometimes dancing is so enjoyable that I forget to consider hunger levels : /

With running though, it's best to eat at least 3 hours before and not have a full stomach. 

By Dan on 11th April 2015 at 22:31

I had been becoming more and more curious because since this community is diverse in age and gender; it is also diverse in our own body builds aswell (Allergy is worth taking into consideration too)... Like 


An ectomorph is a typical skinny guy. Ecto’s have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Usually ectomorph’s have long thin limbs with stringy muscles. Shoulders tend to be thin with little width.


A mesomorph has a large bone structure, large muscles and a naturally athletic physique. Mesomorphs are the best body type for bodybuilding. They find it quite easy to gain and lose weight. They are naturally strong which is the perfect platform for building muscle.


The endomorph body type is solid and generally soft. Endomorphs gain fat very easily. Endo’s are usually of a shorter build with thick arms and legs. Muscles are strong, especially the upper legs. Endomorphs find they are naturally strong in leg exercises like the squat.

Since we have such busy lives; it is hard knowing what is best for ourselves to achieve our fitness & health goals... Especially when we are strapped for time and tend to eat/drink more of the wrong things despite our best intentions to counteract these habits etc 

By Emma on 12th April 2015 at 21:16

Wow Dan I had no idea these body types existed! Not really sure which I am tbh, certainly not the body building type though lol.

I personally try to eat as best I can, im small anyway and struggle to put on weight and especially with dancing so much I need to make sure I get enough energy or I could faint (this has happened before if I miss a meal). Most Salsa nights I make sure I have a pre cooked meal with me at work to heat up. Usually a curry or pasta bake so its a good amount of protein and carbohydrates.

Don't think I could ever forget to eat, food is just too damn good :)