A dancer's best friend: bananas!

The stars of our new ballet world mockumentary explains exactly why dancers are obsessed with bananas.

The stars of our new ballet world mockumentary explains exactly why dancers are obsessed with bananas

Off Kilter stars Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla and Sarah Murphy-Dyson (CBC Arts)

"Obviously nutrition is a huge component of a dancer's well being, and contrary to popular belief we do eat a lot," says Off Kilter creator and actor Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla says while behind the scenes shooting our new ballet world mockumentary. "Veering on the healthy," he adds.

If you spend time around a dance studio, odds are you'll see bananas being eaten as a staple. Why? Cadilla and his co-star Sarah Murphy Dyson tell us in the video below that not only are they a convenient burst of sugar, but banana's high potassium is good for muscle cramps — something dancers are very familiar with. "With the wear and tear and sweat we lose a lot of minerals, so we cramp up," says Cadilla.

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Why bananas are a dancer's best friend

5 years ago
Duration 2:12
Off Kilter's Alejandro Alvarez Cadilla and Sarah Murphy-Dyson tell us why bananas are so popular with dancers.

Cadilla says it's an essential part of dancers' daily wellbeing, but the two stars disagree over *how many* bananas is a normal amount. Gesturing to Murphy-Dyson, Cadilla says "someone like her would eat one banana. Someone like me...I would eat four or five." Murphy-Dyson seems bewildered by her co-star's dedication to his banana diet. "I've never heard of that high a banana intake."

Tell me more about Off Kilter, please!

Off Kilter highlights the less glittery parts of the struggle of going from pariah to revered choreographer. Shot as a mockumentary, each of the seven-minute episodes focuses on a different unofficial — but just as necessary — step in the course of (re)building a career. Season 1 spans "The Denial" to "The Disappearance" and demonstrates how a significant part of the process is doing everything you can to avoid the process. Stream the full series now.

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Milton Frank was the ballet world's up-and-comer who never up-and-came. After a massive plagiarism scandal, Milton keeps meaning to make a triumphant return to the world of professional ballet. It's been the next thing on his to-do list for 25 years, in fact. But it's not until his comeback gets intertwined with the agendas of a PR genius and an almost-retired ballerina that any of those intentions start to materialize.

Like many brilliant artists, Milton's struggle is to get over the past and out of his own way. A comedy that lingers in the awkward silences as much as it does on the stunning choreography of the acclaimed Shawn Hounsell (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Theatre Ballet - Prague), Off Kilter documents the remaking of a man into the critically acclaimed asshole he never got to be in the 90s.

Watch the first episode:

Episode 1: The Denial

Milton Frank has come back to the studio after a 20-year absence, but under no circumstance is anyone to call it a "comeback." This is just for fun. A lark. A whimsical experiment.

Stream all of Off Kilter now on the CBC Player and watch out for new episodes weekly on our YouTube channel.​