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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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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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 #009 – Let’s chat about pirouettes…

Previous TBB Homework… Simple exercises to improve arabesque! Backs and Breathing! _________ This weeks homework is easy, because all you have to do is have a read!  There’s no at-home exercises or tutorials to follow. We’re just going to have a chat about pirouettes… What is a pirouette? A pirouette is a turn or spin* […]

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TBB HOMEWORK #004 – Ballerina Core

Previous TBB Homework… Posture Pre-Pointe Exercises Spinal Mobility _____________________________________________ FOCUS: CORE A dancer will hear the words ‘core’ and ‘centre’ many (many!) times during their training. So it’s probably best we understand it properly! Classical ballet revolves entirely around core strength to execute the correct technique with control, grace and balance. This is why dancers […]

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Basic (but important!) Pointe Shoe Tips

Taking care of your pointe shoes means taking care of your feet. Pointe shoes are expensive and you only get one set of feet in this life! Here’s some basic (but important!) tips for your pointe shoes… Sew with strong cotton! When it comes to sewing your pointe shoe ribbons and elastics, ordinary cotton doesn’t […]

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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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