You are allowed to call yourself a ballerina!

Last year I changed my Instagram handle from ‘Georgia Canning’ to @thebalancedballerina and launched this blog. Why? Firstly, I love writing and promised myself I’d do more of it. Secondly, it helps me express my philosophy around why I teach ballet. But when I hit ‘confirm changes’ for a split second I thought, “Oh no, what […]

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Why all ballet students should sit a ballet exam!

Once a little ballerina graduates from toddler ballet (3-5 years) I highly recommend they start working towards a ballet exam. Sure, if your child is just enjoying attending class with no pressure that’s cool. But if they’re showing a keen interest and focus in class then allowing your ballet teacher to take them through the […]

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Creative Snacks!

A little bored with your snack options? Well hopefully these three ideas spark some creativity in the kitchen to inspire a healthy approach to snacking… Sweet Rice Cake handful of blueberries rice cakes natural peanut butter As long as you choose a ‘real’ peanut butter from the health food store, this is a healthy option […]

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Be a good sport.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to ‘be a good sport’. Whilst the phrase is more popular on a football field than in a dance studio, the sentiment should still apply to any young dancer. A common phrase we often hear; It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about how you […]

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TBB Homework #12 – Effective Splits Routine

Previous TBB Homework includes; Ballerina Tools What steps to expect at your first lesson… Pirouettes Improve your arabesque! ________________ I know some of you are very excited about this one because it’s probably the most requested! This video is for anyone wanting to improve their splits and apply some focus and thought behind their stretching […]

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Almond & Oat Bars by Ballerina Bites

This week I had a couple of parents ask me for some healthy snack ideas. My usual go-to is anything fresh; celery, carrots or cucumber dipped in hummus. However, sometimes you just want a damn cookie! Or something cake-y. I do cook a rather yummy, eczema friendly, banana bread from ‘The Eczema Detox’ book by […]

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Everyone has time for a microadventure!

What did you get up to this weekend? I went on a microadventure. I try do this at least once a month. A good month usually has two microadventures. Never heard the term ‘microadventure’? I’ll let National Geographic’s ‘Adventurer of the Year’ (yes, thats a thing) Alastair Humphreys explain… Adventure is only a state of […]

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