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 have I done! I can’t call myself a ballerina! Who do you think you are Georgia!?”

Fortunately I paused and remembered why I most definitely CAN call myself a ‘ballerina’.

So this is my dilemma…

Why does a lawyer who plays golf recreationally confidently call himself a ‘golfer’?

Why does my uncle who surfs most weekends strongly identify as a ‘surfer’?

Why does my neighbour who attends yoga three times a week happily label herself a ‘yogi’?

BUT why does someone who loves, practises and respects ballet shy away from calling herself a ‘ballerina’?

If you practise ballet, you are worthy of such a title!

This is my life mission…

We NEED to break down the elitist barriers often associated with ballet, because the many benefits of practising ballet should not be exclusive to those with the perfect body, training and pedigree.

Yes, there’s ‘professional ballerinas’ but why can’t their also be ‘ballerinas’ just as there is ‘professional surfers’ and ‘surfers’.

I would have been miserable if I were a ‘professional ballerina’. I had the heart, legs, feet and drive… but I also had boobs and a booty. I would have been miserable maintaining the body that a professional ballerina requires and living in constant anxiety over performing on stage.

I am so proud of myself for designing a life around ballet that not only allows me to reap but share the benefits of ballet.

Go on, call yourself a ballerina – because you damn well are one!

Grit & Grace,

Georgia x

4 thoughts on “You are allowed to call yourself a ballerina!

  1. Well said. It amazes me that it is acceptable for other sports to be played when you are younger and continued on throughout a lifetime, and yet ballet just seems to stop for so many once they finish school and until recently was not a pursuit that adults were actively encouraged to participate in. Thank you for encouraging and supporting all your adult ballerinas♥️

  2. Thank you for this post!! I started taking ballet classes 6 years ago, at the age of 26, and have never had the guts to call myself a ballerina – even though ballet became a huge part of my life. I’m launching a brand called Kitri Ballet and one of its core values is that everyone can dance ballet (no matter their age, body type, skin color, gender, etc.) and – why not? – call themselves ballerinas. I should start taking my own advice and claiming that “title” to myself. Thank you again for reminding me of that. 🙂

    1. Thats awesome and best wishes for your business venture! You can now call yourself entrepreneur/ballerina 😉 G x

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