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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

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    • 4.9 • 53 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.

    65. My conversation with Dr Stephanie @ausdancersoverseas & Dr Nicky is a MUST LISTEN!

    65. My conversation with Dr Stephanie @ausdancersoverseas & Dr Nicky is a MUST LISTEN!

    I feel like todays episode will be as impactful as my one with Ally. Both Dr Nicola Keay and Dr Stefanie Potreck are pioneers and huge advocates of dancers mental and physical health around the world. And whilst Ally's episode comes with lots of personal stories and heartfelt messages, Nicky and Stephanie have brought all the facts to further strengthen that message. The dance world typically views 'getting your period' as a sign of unwanted weight gain or the end of the 'ideal pubescent body type' that especially the ballet world seem to be obsessed with. But these two amazing women have had enough and are spreading the message that periods are not only a marker of health but also crucial to mindset, recovery and performance.

    Let's start with Stephanie who is a former dancer turned doctor and sports nutritionist specialising in the treatment of relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) and amenorrhea (which is the medical description for the absence of menstrual periods). Steph also offers a wonderful webinar called LEAP (with another former guest of the podcast, psychologist Philippa Ziegenhardt, hello Philippa!) that assists students and parents with the transition to living, eating, adjusting and performing when training overseas. Honestly, what a fantastic offering. Even though I didn't move overseas, the move from Queensland to Victoria for my own training was enough of a huge task, draining both physically and mentally and I would have loved to have a program like this.

    And Nicky, well she is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Medicine at the University College of London, research fellow in the department of Sport and Exercise Science at Durham University, a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine and a speaker on Dance Endocrinology for the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. On top of all this Nicky is also a qualified ballet and pilates teacher and her aim is to redefine optimal health and fitness for the individual.

    LEAP Program with Philippa and Stephanie: https://here2help.lpages.co/leap-overseas-landing-page-2021/

    Stephanie's work: https://ausdancersoverseas.com/fuel-for-performance/

    Nicky's work: https://nickykeayfitness.com/

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    64. Tales with Meryl Tankard about sexism, creativity and respecting dancers!

    64. Tales with Meryl Tankard about sexism, creativity and respecting dancers!

    Born in Darwin, Meryl began ballet classes at a young age before heading to The Australian Ballet School. Shortly after being accepted into the company, Meryl took a leave of absence to work as a Principal dancer with the infamous Pina Bausch in Germany.

    Eventually craving to be artistically challenged even more, Meryl then spent time between Germany and Australia appearing in television series for ABC television before finally returning to Australia to continue her love for choreographing as the Director of the Meryl Tankard Company in Canberra before moving onto the Director of Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide.

    Meryl's work is nothing short of varied and colourful; creating Bolero for the Lyon Opera Ballet, commissioned by Tiffany & Co to produce a piece for New York's Museum of National History, she was also responsible for Nikki Webster's debut and the entire Deep Sea Dreaming piece in the Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony, a piece titled Ocean Dance to welcome the Dalai Lama to Australia, the choreography for Broadway's Tarzan The Musical and finally but not even close to covering it all worked with Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Opera House and Netherlands Dance Theatre.

    Honestly, what you just heard only scrapes the surface of Meryl Tankard's credits. I haven't even mentioned achievements like a Helpmann Award in 2000 or Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019. I've just chosen a handful to share with you as otherwise this would be a very long episode!

    I think todays story is a beautiful example of following your gut and that 'chance encounters' often take time and patience... and aren't really 'chance' at all!
    It was obviously wonderful sitting down for a conversation with Meryl Tankard however it was an honour simply meeting her. Much respect.

    Please enjoy this conversation and don't mind a little background noise as we were recording in the art gallery and a small child decided to run circles around us as we recorded...

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    • 53 min
    63. It's not about choosing ballet over boys, it's about choosing yourself...

    63. It's not about choosing ballet over boys, it's about choosing yourself...

    In today's episode I share the most valuable lesson my mother taught me (in celebration of mothers day!) and I also read a very popular blog post that I wrote recently; It's not about choosing ballet over boys, it's about choosing yourself...

    This original blog post which was adapted for this episode can be found here: https://www.balancedballerinas.com/2021/04/30/its-not-about-choosing-ballet-overs-boys-its-about-choosing-the-right-boy/

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    • 18 min
    62. Thinking BIG (Ballet International Gala) with Joel Burke!

    62. Thinking BIG (Ballet International Gala) with Joel Burke!

    Joel is a beautiful ballet dancer that has trained extensively with The Australian Ballet School and Queensland Ballet Academy. In fact, we both share a deep love and respect for Paul Boyd who listeners of the pod are well acquainted with having both been taught by him for many years.

    During our conversation we dive into Joel's experience as a Prix de Lausanne finalist and how he has decided to move away from the traditional route of becoming a professional ballet dancer to explore feature film opportunities, event management and anything else that tickles his fancy when it comes to shaking up this industry.

    Can you see why I'm a big fan of Joel? Young and full of spirit with just the right amount of rebel in him that shows respect to the dance industry whilst simultaneously questioning past practices and look at reinventing the wheel. Because of this I'm officially a Joel fan and I think you will be too after listening to this conversation.

    Joel's most recent endeavour is to bring the most talented ballet dancers from across the world together to showcase their incredible ability over a series of two intimate evenings at South Bank's Piazza Auditorium, which is an incredible outdoor stage that's fully undercover. Perfect for covid times!

    Shortened to BIG, the Ballet International Gala is the perfect mix of international and local partners with Julian Mackay (Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet) and Lauren Lovette (former Principal dancer with NYC Ballet) amongst others bringing some international heat with the local likes of Mia Heathcote (Senior Soloist with Queensland Ballet) and Victor Estevez (Principal with Queensland Ballet).

    Attracting art and ballet enthusiasts, this event is actually going to be like no other. Joel wants you to feel like you're at a ballet festival whilst celebrating the artists like rockstars and highlighting the importance of bringing ballet to the people.

    BIG is on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th June of this year (I'll actually be attending the Friday performance!) and you can purchase tickets from balletinternationalgala.com - I hope to see you there and whilst I have only met Joel the once for this interview, I am so proud of this young mans ability to form an amazing team around him and shoot for the moon.

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    • 46 min
    61. The woman behind the famous @pointebrush account Margot Hallac!

    61. The woman behind the famous @pointebrush account Margot Hallac!

    This week I have a beautiful conversation with an even more beautiful soul, Margot Hallac! This is the identity behind the famous @pointebrush account on Instagram.

    And yes, Margot was named after Margot Fonteyn. With a name like that you just have to dive into the world of ballet, but as you'll find out during our conversation ballet wasn't always on Margot's radar and whilst she danced as a child she has developed an even deeper passion for ballet as an adult.

    Besides being the face behind Pointe Brush, Margot is a designer and a dancer living in New Jersey. She actually started Pointebrush as a side project and outlet to hone her skills as an illustrator and painter.

    Margot graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Communication Design and went on to work at several large design firms before starting her own design business with her husband.

    Margot so generously shares some very personal losses and heartaches whilst we explore the concept of healing at the barre and although these are some heavy topics, I promise the conversation is as colourful as her watercolours moving from business to pleasure and paint to lipstick.

    Pour yourself a cup of tea, add a biscuit if that's your thing and enjoy this one...

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    • 58 min
    60. Are ballet uniforms problematic?

    60. Are ballet uniforms problematic?

    I often find myself arguing in circles WITH MYSELF whilst pondering the topic of ballet uniforms. As an owner of a predominantly 'ballet' studio I find it difficult to comprehend a class full of mismatched or 'baggy' uniforms. But then I think, just because I'm conditioned to be intolerant of such a sight doesn't necessarily mean it's right. Perhaps I should do more to be inclusive. Perhaps I should be less lazy about coming up with more inclusive practices.

    Listen while I argue for an against ballet uniforms and let's explore how we can do better together...

    You can find the original blog post about this topic here: https://www.balancedballerinas.com/2021/03/27/episode-60-are-ballet-uniforms-problematic/

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Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Mere Mortals Podcast ,

On My Tip Toes For Excitement

Fascinating insights into the inner workings of the ballerina world. The interview with Paul Boyd is definitely worth listening to, such an eloquent and composed speaker.

Mon Tarry ,

Thank You

Heartfelt gratitude Georgia for a beautiful thoughtful podcast. You are a trailblazer in this industry. Thank you for bringing so much depth, kindness and balance to this crazy world xx

TahniGook ,

Breath of fresh air

It is always a good dog walking morning for me when Georgia releases a podcast episode, full of light, joy, positivity and inspiration 🙌

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