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The podcast that aims to break down the elitist barriers often associated with ballet. Enjoy conversations with industry leaders and thought provoking guests that all have something interesting to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the study of ballet.

Balanced Ballerinas Georgia Canning

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

The podcast that aims to break down the elitist barriers often associated with ballet. Enjoy conversations with industry leaders and thought provoking guests that all have something interesting to contribute to the dialogue surrounding the study of ballet.

    74. Holistic and non-threatening exams with Penny Lancaster from Australian Dance Vision!

    74. Holistic and non-threatening exams with Penny Lancaster from Australian Dance Vision!

    Penny is the Honorary Founding Director of Australian Dance Vision and registered training organisation Australian Dance Institute.

    Penny's vision was to create a holistic education dance program via a creative and unique assessment process, while building both excellence and self-esteem for students and teachers.

    Penny truly believes her syllabus gives students preparation for a professional career in dance (if they choose that path) with life skills that set students up for greater employment opportunities.
    Penny trained at the Scully Borovansky School, Sydney before becoming a professional dancer in theatre, film, modelling and television in Australia and the USA.

    Later Penny followed her dance passion and became a teacher of classical ballet. Penny holds her RAD Teachers' Diploma and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate in Learning, Literacy & Numeracy. More recently Penny is a NEELI Higher Education Advanced Leadership Program graduate 2017.

    Just as a side note; I love to share the qualifications of my guests because I think it's really important to recognise (especially classical ballet teachers) that go onto further education and seek professional development instead of simply teaching as they were taught. Being any kind of dance teacher is a career (it's not a hobby) and even though the industry is highly unregulated, anyone teaching without the desire for further education to achieve qualifications shouldn't be teaching.

    Anyway, continuing on with Penny's story she was the proprietor and teacher in her own large academy of dancing (The Penelope Lancaster Academy of Dancing) in Turramurra, Sydney for over twenty years before creating and directing the youth dance company Ballet d'Action. This company performed in Sydney for ten years from 1989 to 1999 with 22 new dance works employing a number of prominent choreographers and musicians.

    One of the reasons I wanted to have a conversation with Penny for the podcast is because I've been thinking a lot about syllabus lately - especially classical ballet ones. I've been researching and recognising those that do things really well and those that do things very poorly. It's a hot topic on my mind as I look toward to future of my own studio and as so many teachers ask my opinion of syllabi, I find it a duty of care to promote ones that are not only run professionally but also fairly for the health and wellbeing of students.

    I hope to talk more about this topic freely in the future, but for now I want to focus on how Penny created and co-ordinated the development and implementation of five accredited, nationally recognized dance educational programs in classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dancing. Her syllabus and it's process for examining students is really quite revolutionary. In Penny's own words...

    "Created by qualified Australian teachers for Australian teachers.
    A unique holistic dance program for everyone who loves to dance.
    And isn't that everyone!"
    Penny Lancaster, Founding President

    During this interview we dive into some of the finer details that make ADV stand out from the rest, the importance of keeping up your academic studies (something I'm incredibly passionate about) and the importance of non threatening examination environments.

    Connecting with Penny was truly a highlight of my week. I have so much respect for the work she does and the human she is. I can't wait to sit down over a coffee in-person one day soon. I feel like we'd have a lot to talk about...

    In the meantime, it would mean the world to me if you subscribed, shared a screenshot or rate...

    • 40 min
    73. Psychotherapist and counsellor for dancers Terry Hyde!

    73. Psychotherapist and counsellor for dancers Terry Hyde!

    I had the most delightful conversation with a gentleman by the name of Terry Hyde. I say gentleman because Terry came to the interview via Zoom in what looked like a very organised study in a wonderfully dapper suit jacket.

    I on the other hand was in my pyjamas. Although my bed top is black, so it didn't quite look like pyjamas. But it was 5am in the morning for me, so my apologies if I take a moment to warm up in this interview.
    I really loved this conversation and found Terry to be so warm and inviting with his story telling and passion for his work. Let's face it, I love anyone who is on a mission. And Terry's mission is to provide counselling to dancers, teachers and artistic staff in the hope of creating better learning and working environments for dancers.

    Terry Hyde is a registered psychotherapist and counsellor. Terry started dancing at age 6, joining the Royal Ballet at age eighteen before moving to London's Festival Ballet (now known as English National Ballet) as a soloist and even performed in West End musicals, Film and TV.

    Terry attained a Master of Arts in Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University in 2012, and in 2017 set up the website counsellingfordancers.com specifically to address the mental health needs of dancers. In 2021 he even created an app, which is called Help4Dancers and I highly recommend checking it out.

    Terry understands the mental health needs of dancers and uses that in his one to one therapy sessions and in his proactive Mental Health Self-Care Workshops. You ca actually book an appointment with Terry via his website and if you feel drawn to him during the listening of this interview, I highly recommend doing so.

    Terry is a little bit like my Mum. Very intuitive, very warm and very open to people sharing their stories, issues and idiosyncrasies. I can imagine a session with him would be incredibly rewarding.
    A huge thanks to Terry for making time during his busy schedule!

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    • 56 min
    72. You are ABSOLUTELY allowed to call yourself a ballerina!

    72. You are ABSOLUTELY allowed to call yourself a ballerina!

    This one is near and dear to my heart ballerinas!

    You can view an entire transcript of this in blog form here:
    https://www.balancedballerinas.com/2021/10/28/you-are-absolutely-allowed-to-call-yourself-a-ballerina/

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    • 29 min
    71. Adult ballet, wild swims and pole dancing with Annabelle Brittle!

    71. Adult ballet, wild swims and pole dancing with Annabelle Brittle!

    I have followed Annabelle's adult ballet journey since she started regular classes in 2019 - Annabelle became a regular listener of the podcast and through her support, comments and sharing across social media we began chatting back and forth in our DM's...
    In fact, if I go back through them now we've had wonderful conversations about the positives and negatives of taking photos in class, the realities of taking class at home on Zoom, the importance of period positivity (especially amongst young dancers), what to call my 'Seniors' adult ballet class, which I eventually just called 'Beginners' for so many reasons (but thats a conversation for another time!) and we even had a conversation back in March of 2020 where Annabelle thanked me for giving her a shout out in one of my episodes and divulged that it was one of her unofficial ballet goals to become worthy of being the subject of a whole episode!
    So here we are! But seriously, I think Annabelle has some wonderfully balanced points of view when it comes to the world of adult ballet and in this episode we cover her famous hashtag #BornAgainBallerina, the concept of 'imperfect practice', how pole dancing has improved her ballet technique and the realities of training from home during a pandemic. Plus so many more relatable and random topics that I think you'll all love.
    I absolutely loved this conversation and adore the social media friendship that we've curated over the past few years and if you'd like to follow Annabelle's incredibly balanced journey with ballet you can find her on socials @annabellebrittle
    Enjoy and let us know if you loved this conversation by commenting on the Instagram post that accompanies this episode @balancedballerinas

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    • 54 min
    70. Five important questions to ask yourself before beginning your pointe journey!

    70. Five important questions to ask yourself before beginning your pointe journey!

    Every year I re-write a blog post dedicated to the pointe work. This year I thought I'd break it down into five important questions to ask yourself before beginning your pointe journey!

    I'd like to thank Sarah Kiely from the Living Well Studio who conducts the majority of my students pre-pointe assessments. Sarah is a constant source of inspiration and wealth of knowledge and I have pulled information from her teachings for this episode.

    Sarah was actually one of my early guests on the #BalancedBallerinas podcast and if you haven't listened to episode #22 I recommend diving back into the archives.

    In this episode I also recommend listening to episode #40 with the amazing Josephine Lee from @thepointeshop who is an expert pointe shoe fitter. Fitting pointe shoes is a fine art and students should never just buy pointe shoes online without a professional fitting.

    THE FIVE QUESTIONS WE EXPLORE IN THIS EPISODE...

    Am I being realistic with my dreams to study pointe work?

    Am I willing to have a professional pre-pointe assessment and pointe shoe fitting?

    Am I going to be okay if I don't get the green light for pointe shoes?

    Am I willing to run my own race and listen to my teacher?

    Am I ready to dedicate a huge amount of energy and effort to this endeavour?

    You can find the accompanying BLOG POST to this episode here:

    https://www.balancedballerinas.com/2021/08/20/the-five-most-important-questions-to-answer-if-you-want-to-start-pointe-work/

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    • 18 min
    69. Louise Drysdale and her unique journey to becoming the pre-pointe physiotherapist!

    69. Louise Drysdale and her unique journey to becoming the pre-pointe physiotherapist!

    Louise grew up in country Lismore before heading to Brisbane's Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) to finish school in full-time dance training. What I love most about Louise's story is that although she started ballet late (12 years old is considered late in the world of ballet!) she was smart enough to realise that this disadvantage in the professional world of ballet didn't rule her out completely in having a career within the industry...

    After her first pre-pointe assessment, Louise always gravitated towards a fascination with physiotherapy and knew if she entered that space she wanted to remain in the dance world. The product of excellent parenting, Louise kept her academic grades high, contacts close and set out to complete her university studies and secure her dream role of working as a resident physiotherapist with Queensland Ballet whilst also building her own private practice - the pre-pointe physio. It sounds like a clear path, but there were a few twists and turns along the way which I'll leave up to Louise to tell...

    In this conversation we cover Louise's personal journey from dancer to dance physiotherapist. And Im sure it will inspire any young dancers listening to keep up their academic studies. This story highlights the importance of education in young dancers and the beautiful possibilities that await anyone still wanting to be part of the ballet world if they decide a career as a professional dancer isn't for them.

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    Get your FREE Balanced Ballerinas 'Intention Setting' worksheet HERE and start kicking GOALS: https://www.balancedballerinas.com/product/balanced-ballerinas-intention-setting-worksheet/

    You can find more resources at www.balancedballerinas.com

    Instagram @thebalancedballerina
    Podcast @balancedballerinas
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    • 1 hr 5 min

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