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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.

The Balanced Ballerinas Podcast Georgia Canning

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9 • 50 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.

    53. From ballerina to recording artist with Chelsea Pribble!

    53. From ballerina to recording artist with Chelsea Pribble!

    Today's guest is the alluring recording artist Chelsea Pribble! Imagine being able to sing and dance so beautifully?

    Chelsea's album is titled Second Movement with tracks aptly named 'Pas de Deux' and 'Prelude'. This is what captured my attention whilst browsing through Spotify one day and why I felt a pull to talk to this mysterious ballerina turned singer-songwriter.

    I'm actually not going to spoil the story about how Chelsea landed her record deal with Sea Change Records. It's a fabulous story that I asked Chelsea to share in the interview - so I'll save it for her. However I can tell you that Chelsea studied ballet and music in Switzerland during her formative years before returning to the US to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in Dance).

    As you hear in this interview, Chelsea finds it difficult to seperate her love of dance and music which is why they so often interlock and weave amongst one another through her body of work. I think it's actually really beautiful and powerful that an artist like Chelsea can not only write, compose and sing their music... but can then also dance in their own film clip!

    Few artists can create such a holistic end product that truly encompasses what they're trying to portray. And what is Chelsea trying to portray? Well there's definitely a hint of sadness about letting go of a dream to become a professional ballerina, but as you'll hear it runs a lot deeper than that.

    Chelsea's childhood (which I tried to delicately and politely explore) had a few struggles and as someone who believes that art heals everything, I can see that Chelsea's body of work as an artist has created some focus and clarity amongst life ups and downs.

    It was an absolute pleasure speaking with this delightful young woman and I highly recommend everyone go listen to Chelsea's album Second Movement on Spotify. From the album artwork to the actual music, Chelsea's work has a beautiful balletic quality that I think any ballet lover will not only appreciate, but enjoy.

    I'll make sure I share Chelsea's recent film clip in the Secret Balanced Ballerinas Facebook Group and if you're not part of this awesome group, make sure you search for it on Facebook, click 'join' and I'll be sure to add you to the community of fellow ballet lovers and listeners of the pod. We share lots of fun things in there... and by 'we' I mean 'everyone else' who is so onto it!

    Now without further redo, here's Chelsea Pribble...

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    • 38 min
    52. Healing at the barre with world renowned adult ballet teacher Karis Scarlette!

    52. Healing at the barre with world renowned adult ballet teacher Karis Scarlette!

    Today's guest couldn't be more on brand if I tried!

    As you'll hear in this interview, Karis began ballet classes at age 2 before she joined The Royal Ballet at age 6 after they held a workshop at her primary school and picked her out of a line up of students. She continued through the school before graduating at 19 - but as you'll hear it wasn't all peachy.

    After a serious spinal injury, the development of an eating disorder and severe depression Karis stepped away from the ballet world for a few years to work extensively on her wellbeing, physical strength and mental health. In hindsight the work she did during this incredibly traumatic time is (in my opinion) the reason why she is such a caring, committed and empathetic teacher with her adult ballet students and built an amazing following.

    I've reflected on this many times before and Karis and I briefly bring it up in conversation. Do I regret (like Karis) experiencing any trauma as a young ballerina? I don't think so. But should it happen to another? Definitely not. But the reasons for not following through with a professional career as a ballerina are probably the reasons why we are the teachers we are today.

    So perhaps thats why I feel so connected to Karis. A shared sense of accomplishment despite the odds, a reconciliation with ones past and a passion inspired by hope for the future...

    In this conversation we discuss Karis's current working from home situation, or the 'zen den' as she likes to call it. We also geek out on some adult ballet teacher challenges, concerns and teaching techniques, all whilst gushing over our love of ballet and how it truly does heal both the soul and body simultaneously. Basically I loved picking her brain as I admire this smart, beautiful, spiritual woman so much.

    I think you're going to love this conversation and now is as good a time as any to announce that you might be seeing a little Georgia and Karis collaboration in the future (when we're allowed to fly around the world again!) because Karis is based in London and obviously as the listeners know I'm in Australia. So hopefully one day in the future our two adult ballet communities can collide so we can continue spreading ballet love around the world together.

    As always, you can find me @thebalancedballerina on Instagram and be sure to join our private Facebook Group, just search 'Balanced Ballerinas Secret Facebook Group' to connect with like-minded #BalancedBallerinas from all over the world! And of course go find Karis on Instagram @karisscarlette and check out her stunning new website which is simply karisscarlette.com

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    51. Are you an 'exercising' or 'training' ballerina?

    51. Are you an 'exercising' or 'training' ballerina?

    Are you an 'exercising' or 'training' ballerina? You'll have to listen to find out...

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    • 26 min
    50. Dearest Cathy...

    50. Dearest Cathy...

    Today's episode is a little different to my usual. But it's also my 50th episode (I'm quietly super proud!)

    Whilst this episode is not how I thought I'd be celebrating '50' it's an important one that's close to my heart.

    If you are a first time listener of the podcast I highly recommend you pick another episode before listening to this one because this touches on a very personal event that's happened in my life and dance community recently.

    This episode is a tribute to my dear friend Cathy who recently passed away after her battle with cancer.

    There's not a part of my dance community that Cathy didn't touch with her elegance, grace, humour and this episode is all about celebrating and saying goodbye to her.

    Thank you for allowing me to grieve this way. The way I heal and process the world around me is by writing, creating and communicating. So I'm going to just that with this very special episode...

    If this episode brings anything up for you please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or call a friend. It's important to talk about these things.

    Grit & Grace,
    Georgia x

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    • 17 min
    49. Training like a beast and looking like a ballerina with Louisa Paterson of Relevé Training!

    49. Training like a beast and looking like a ballerina with Louisa Paterson of Relevé Training!

    Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with the gorgeous, vibrant and talented ex professional ballerina, master trainer and all round wonderful woman Louisa Paterson.

    Like many guests I ask to join me on the podcast, Louisa and I first met via Instagram. Liking and tagging our way to a mutual understanding that we were all about the same things; balance, discipline, empowering women through movement and keeping it real.

    And in the interest of keeping it real with my beautiful podcast listeners, I want to preface this conversation with the truth that I wasn't feeling quite myself during this interview. It's been a really rough week on the Balanced Ballerinas home front, loosing one of my closest clients and friends to dreaded cancer.

    What they don't tell you about in business school, is that if you're lucky enough to cultivate a community you're going to attract amazing humans and a handful of those humans will become your closest friends. So when you experience the tragedy of loosing someone you love within this environment, not only are you heartbroken yourself, but you also have the weight of your other clients heartbreak on your shoulders too.

    It's been a lot.

    But I'm not going to talk about it anymore because I want to share more about who this beautiful client was in my 50th episode. Definitely not what I pictured for my 50th episode, but Cathy was the most elegant and graceful woman who deserves to be not only remembered but also celebrated. And I have the power to do so via this platform, so that's exactly what I plan on doing in the next episode.

    But for now, whilst everything is still a bit raw I SO welcomed today's gorgeous guest with open arms. I've been wanting to e-meet and catch up with Louise (also known as Train Like A Ballerina) for so long, which is why I couldn't possibly cancel.

    Sydney born, Louisa's career as a professional Ballerina took her to world stages where she danced Soloist and Principal roles alongside some of the worlds leading ballerina's in Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin. Retiring at the height of her career at 25, Louisa studied chemistry, biology and nutrition whilst completing her Masters in Personal Training.

    Why did she retire? Well, reading between the lines Louisa (like many) found out that life as a professional ballerina can be very unbalanced and with a burning desire to help others she embarked on a mission to empower women rather than sit back and become another broken ballerina.

    And I couldn't be prouder of her because she's done just that! Empowering women globally through her Train Like A Ballerina method and new program delivering premium online dance workouts - Relevé. The launch of her new website is super sleek and I highly recommend checking it out.

    But the reason why I love Louisa is because she's more than her workouts and sexy new website. She's the full package, a curious mind with a heart of gold. Open to learning and not afraid to be graceful in one breath and dorky in the next. I'm sure you're going to love her too...

    • 51 min
    48. Exploring the Wim Hof method with pilates guru Eden Lee!

    48. Exploring the Wim Hof method with pilates guru Eden Lee!

    If you're a long time listener of the podcast, it's no surprise that I'm kind of into all things human optimisation. And amongst all the podcasts I listen to, documentaries I watch and books I read, a name keeps popping up... Wim Hof.

    The best way to describe Wim is that he's a dutch extreme athlete now in his 60's. He's a big ball of love, drinks beer and his work was inspired by the tragic suicide of his first wife.

    Some of the crazy things he's accomplished include setting the Guinness World Record for swimming under ice and climbing Mt Everest and Mt Kilimanjaro wearing only shorts and shoes. He's proven time and time again to be able to resist the cold, suppress the immune system and most importantly teach people to do the same.
    All this craziness aside, the Wim Hof method was not developed so people can also do these insane adventures. No, it simply focuses on improving the quality of ones life through its three pillars; breath work, cold therapy and meditation.

    I've dabbled in methods that focus on each of these pillars individually, but what I like about the Wim Hof method is that it covers all three. Now what has this got to do with dancers or our ballet practice?

    Well, if you've ever been to one of my ballet classes you'll know what focussing on breath is a large focus of class. I notice when people aren't breathing, I notice when the breath doesn't match the movement and I also notice when a student is in flow, mastering their breath.

    On top of all this, I also have a lot of clients (young and adult) that suffer from serious mental illness or more mild anxiety and depression. Whilst ballet is a fantastic moving meditation, sometimes they need a little extra direction. Oftentimes I will incorporate some breath work into a private lesson or prescribe a cold shower (with legs up the wall) before bed...

    These simple things work. And if I can help everyone find a little more balance and introduce you to a method that I'm personally experimenting with myself, then it might just change your life.

    So today we have Queensland's highest certified Wim Hof instructor Eden Lee on the podcast. Eden is the perfect person to talk about this method for the Balanced Ballerinas podcast because prior to being a pilates and Wim Hof instructor Eden was a professional ballet dancer and counts the likes of Steven McRae (Principal Artist with Royal Ballet) amongst his friends and clients.

    So amongst all the cold therapy and breathing chat, you'll enjoy an insight into Eden's career and general ballerina chat that might make these concepts more digestible if this stuff is way out of your comfort zone!

    Anyway back to Eden...

    Eden has spent the majority of his life studying and refining his knowledge of many health and physical wellness modalities. He is an absolute wealth of knowledge and epitome of health!

    Eden trains clients of all ages, abilities and talents on the Gold Coast at his studio Pilates Central in Bundall. His body conditioning approach endeavours to meet the individuals needs on the day and over time, based on the Pilates technique, the latest in scientific research and the decades of experience he has.

    I really enjoyed this conversation and I have huge respect for Eden and his pursuit of mental clarity and calmness whilst improving or eliminating physical pain. You can tell he just loves his work and anyone who has a passion for what they do is someone I want to share with the Balanced Ballerinas community.

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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 @balancedbal

    • 1 hr 6 min

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50 Ratings

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

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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 🙌

flickacincotta ,

Thank you Georgia

Loved the Finis Jhung episode, so entertaining and absorbing.. what a interesting life!

Thank you for the chance to escape (when I can) to hear factual and interesting ballet conversations. 👍

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