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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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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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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I basically tricked my students into ‘journaling’ this year!

Journaling has become rather ‘trendy’ lately. All the mindfulness practitioners and magazines are talking about the benefits… And for good reason!! I’ve certainly seen the benefits of keeping a journal, however I thought I would summarise a fantastic article by Thai Nguyen (from The Utopian Life) which you can read in full here. higher rates […]

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Open Ballet Class Etiquette

Entering a ballet class can be an interesting experience. You quickly learn there are so many unwritten rules! Few sports or activities mimic the sanctity of a ballet studio. As a newbie you could be very overwhelmed as you quickly start learning the in’s and out’s of whats acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in a ballet […]

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Self care isn’t just for Sundays.

I was getting pretty damn good at this by the end of 2017. Now, I don’t particularly like making ‘goals’ – I’m more of a mantra kinda gal. But in 2018 I want to continue doing little things every day that take care of me. And so should you. Imagine if everyone fed, inspired and […]

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