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eMpower Corps Membership

Are you ready to enhance your dance performance, boost your energy, and achieve lasting results through personalized nutrition? Join the Corps Membership, designed for dedicated dancers like you who understand that sustainability with food + nutrition habits takes time.

why choose the

eMpower Corps Membership?

Sustainability is the key to lasting success in optimizing your performance as a dancer. Achieving and maintaining peak performance requires consistent, well-informed food and nutrition habits that work FOR you. As an eMpower Corps Member, you gain access to ongoing nutrition support that is designed to nurture your journey over time. You receive expert guidance and personalized sessions that help you develop sustainable food and nutrition habits to enhance your energy, stamina, and overall well-being, allowing you to shine onstage today and in the years to come.

Cost-Effective Ongoing Nutrition Coaching

A 6-month commitment gives you the time and support needed to make meaningful adjustments to your food + nutrition habits to begin seeing the benefits in your dancing.

Personalized Nutrition Plan for Your Goals

You’ll received a personalized nutrition plan customized to your day-to-day needs, energy requirements, and helps you achieve your goals.

Access to Master Classes

Enjoy free access to upcoming Master Classes. These classes will cover essential topics like performance nutrition basics, cooking/meal prep, injury prevention, sleep support, stress management, and more.

Discounted Online Programs

Gain access to online meal guides and recipe books at a discounted rate. Keep fueling your dance journey with delicious, dance-friendly recipes.

Tailored Shared Resources

Your nutrition plan and shared resources will be personalized to your unique goals. Whether you're focusing on stamina, recovery, or other aspects of your dance performance, we have the resources you need.

And More!

Join by January 31, 2024 for a surprise gift!


Additional sessions and more personalization to your Corps Membership is available depending on your needs and goals.

1:1 Coaching Client

"Working with Melissa, I feel like I have learned and started to internalize that food + nutrition habits don't have to be perfect every day. It's about consistency over time, not perfection."
  • What is a strategy session, and how will it benefit me as a dancer?
    A Strategy Session is a personalized 15-20 minute conversation where we dive into your goals, challenges, and individual needs. By understanding your unique journey, together, we can develop a personalized nutrition plan that supports your performance, recovery, and overall well-being as a dancer.
  • Do I have to be a dancer to obtain nutrition support with Melissa?
    Absolutely not! Being a dancer is not a pre-requisite to obtaining nutrition support at eMpower performance nutrition. I have worked with a range of clients to manage a variety of health conditions and wellness goals. Here are some examples: Fitness Enthusiast looking to understand macros, how they benefit/enhance athletic performance, and what their personalized nutrition recommendations are. Pre-menopause, Peri-menopause, Menopause, and Post-menopause Women managing a number of symptoms and imbalances associated with these life transitions. Fitness Enthusiast looking to address food + nutrition habits to reduce their reliance on pharmaceutical medication. Fitness Enthusiasts with gastrointestinal conditions ranging from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea (IBS-C + IBS-D); painful bloating; H.pylori; Hypochlohydria; and more. Other conditions: Reduced Energy Deficiency Syndrome, Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, Reduced Energy Availability, and other conditions associated with nutrient imbalances.
  • How do I prepare for my Strategy Session?
    When you schedule your Strategy Session, you'll complete a basic form to communicate your goals + challenges to Melissa prior to your session. To make the most of your Strategy Session, simply come prepared to share insights about your dance schedule + routine, dietary goals you may have, and any specific challenges or concerns that are preventing your from achieving your goals. The session is a collaborative discussion aimed at shaping and guiding the next steps of your personalized nutrition journey.
  • Is the Strategy Session free, and what commitment does it entail?
    Yes, your Strategy Session is free of charge. This 15-20-minute conversation is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and determine if my services align with your needs. We will determine what you next best step can be for your personalized nutrition journey. There is no commitment required after the session; you decide if you'd like to continue with 1:1 nutrition coaching, small group coaching, or online programming.
  • How do I schedule a strategy session, and what's the process?
    Scheduling your Strategy Session is easy. Simply click here to access the booking calendar. Choose a date and time slot that works for you, and you'll receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the virtual session. It's a friendly and informative conversation that marks the start of your journey to empower your dancing.
  • How much does it cost?
    Barriers to health + wellness must be addressed and eMpower is here to work with you. All pricing is subject to discounts based on client need, circumstance, and any available packages. I offer a variety of services at different price points, and if you need financial support, let me know! 15-minute Strategy Session, FREE The Strategy Session is your gateway to nutrition education + coaching. At your Strategy Session, meet Melissa, discuss your goals + challenges, learn how the eMpower performance method will help you achieve your goals and empower your dancing. Together, we'll determine your next best steps forward, whether that be 1:1 coaching, Small Group Coaching, or Online Programming. New Client Bundle - starts at $400 This bundle includes your 15-minute Strategy Session, Intake Session, 30-minute follow up, and three 45-minute sessions. The sessions included in this package expire 45 days after purchase date. Click here to learn more. Monthly Corps Membership - $195/month The eMpower Corps Membership is a dancer's most cost effective option for ongoing nutrition education + coaching support. A minimum of 6-month commitment is required. This is because, on average, I have found that dancer's begin to notice changes in their performance with at least 6-months of incorporating food + nutrition habit shifts and adjustments. This membership includes your 15-minute Strategy Session, Intake Session, 30-minute follow up, and recurring check-in sessions. Click here to learn more. Standard, Hourly Rates - After your Initial Intake Session and/or completion of your New Client Bundle, these are my standard hourly rates. Discounts are available for ongoing clients. 30-minute sessions, $60 60-minute sessions, $115 View the full list of services here.
  • What are Melissa's credentials?
    Melissa is a Maryland Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition Specialist®, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She specializes in working with dancers and performance athletes. The Certified Nutrition Specialist® designation is credentialed by the American Nutrition Association® through its Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists™. A CNS is the most advanced certification for personalized nutrition practitioners. Certified Nutrition Specialists practice science-based personalized nutrition therapy to empower people to health. To obtain and maintain this designation, Melissa had to: - Successfully complete a Master's degree (or higher) in nutrition. - Pass the American Nutrition Association (ANA) certification exam. - Complete 1,000+ supervised clinical hours. - Complete 75 Continuing Education credits and re-certify every 5 years. Melissa passed the board-certified exam in June 2022 and officially obtained her CNS designation in January 2024. For her supervised clinical hours, Melissa worked under the supervision of mentors at The Nutrition & Herbal Collective. Both Rebecca Snow, MS, CNS, LDN, RH, and Kate Costello, MS, CNS, LDN, Nutritionist + Health Coach, reviewed and approved the clinical hours Melissa obtained through her work with clients using evidence-based strategies to address client food-related, lifestyle, and mindfulness behaviors. Melissa is dedicated to lifelong learning and is always reading and/or taking continuing education courses to further expand her understanding of health + wellness. The Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist designation is regulated state-by-state. Melissa holds this designation in the state of Maryland. Her Licensed Nutritionist designation is currently pending for Washington, DC. Melissa holds a registered yoga teacher - 200 (ryt-200) certification.

what's included in the

eMpower Corps Membership?

The Dance Nutrition Basics

Learn the Dance Nutrition Basics and apply the eMpower performance method into your existing daily schedule. No room for 180-degree, unsustainable habits here!

Initial/Intake Session

After your Strategy Session, we'll schedule your Initial/Intake Session. There conversation is all about information gathering and question asking. I want to know as much about you, your dancing, your schedule, etc. as I can because that information the foundation of your personalized nutrition plan.

Ongoing Check-in Sessions

A 6-month commitment gives you the time and support needed to make meaningful adjustments to your food + nutrition habits to begin seeing the benefits in your dancing. Built in check-in sessions are designed to taper off over the course of your membership from weekly sessions to bi-weekly sessions. Don't worry, I'm always available to answer your questions and adding sessions to your membership is an option!

Mindful Accountability

"The only constant is change." This is where mindful accountability is vital to your Corps Membership. Navigating the twists and turns that your dance training and performance (on- and offstage) might bring can be challenging. Rely on Melissa to explore the options + tools available to you to curate your own journey through the ups and downs, landing stronger on the other side.

Lifelong Support

Beyond your initial 6-month commitment, ongoing support options are available and personalized just for you! I recommend bi-weekly or monthly check-ins for continued success and performance longevity. 

Are you ready to enhance your energy, stamina, and overall well-being, so you can shine onstage?

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