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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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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Eczema Friendly Banana Bread!

DISCLAIMER: No I didn’t give Hiro a slice, those cacao nibs are definitely not ‘dog friendly’… 😉 So, for the past two years I’ve tried to cook the perfect banana bread. Bananas have unique alkalising properties and are salicylate-free, making them the PERFECT fruit for people with skin allergies. However I kept failing miserably… Until […]

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TBB HOMEWORK #006 – Backs & Breathing

Previous TBB Homework… Core Spinal Mobility Pre-Pointe Exercises Posture Back To Ballet (follow along barre!) ___________________________ FOCUS: Backs  & Breathing “Proper phrasing of the breathe adds fullness to the movement…” – Joan Lawson I believe that talking about ‘backs’ and ‘breathing’ together is a good combination because both need to work simultaneously and harmoniously. About […]

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TBB Homework #003 – Spinal Mobility

After being asked by so many parents and students (adults and children!) for take home exercises that target certain areas, I thought I’d start a ‘homework’ post that documents what we’ve focused on fortnightly. This new initiative is to help everyone become more balanced ballerinas! Any questions, please ask via social media or comment below… […]

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Preparing to climb Kilimanjaro

I leave for Africa on Friday! If you follow my personal Instagram you may have noticed I’m out amongst the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland most Sundays. I’ve been in training for the past 6 months because I’ll be climbing Africa’s highest mountain ‘Kilimanjaro’ (for 7 days!) after teaching ballet in Nairobi for my Peace & Pliés […]

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