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013: Lucy Balfour, Ballerina at Rambert on performance, competition and motherhoo‪d‬ Supporting Champions

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Lucy Balfour is a leading dancer at the world renowned contemporary dance company Ballet Rambert. Lucy trained at the International Ballet Academy in Christchurch, then spent ten years with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, before joining Rambert. In this episode, Lucy talks about the competitiveness of becoming a ballerina, the singular focus on realising her dream, with no back up plan. She talks about the pressure of selection and performing, maintaining self-identity throughout balanced by the privilege of being a dancer. Lucy is pregnant and gives an insight how Rambert have been supporting her to continue to rehearse and perform (Lucy performed on stage with Rambert up to 5 months pregnant) and now looks ahead with the question of whether she'll return to dance once she becomes a mum.
 
Show notes
Lucy's journey into dance
Decision ballet school or high school?
First ballet contract with The Royal New Zealand ballet company
Focus, rejection, perseverance and belief: developing resilience
No plan B
Dealing with rejection
Advice for the 16 year old Lucy Balfour
The day in a life for a dancer at the Rambert Dance Company
Coping with the ups and downs of the selection/audition process
Stay alert use rejection as a learning opportunity, learning from your peers without the pressure! Staying aware of your behaviour
Getting in the right place for a new performance: preparing physically and mentally, writing down corrections in a training diary and not being afraid to ask lots of questions
Late specialisation
Pregnancy and performance
Life after the birth
Dancing whilst pregnant
Facing the prospect of being a dancer and a mum
Viewing ballet through a different set of eyes which will help in the future, learning more about the craft of ballet
The length of a ballet career - it's not about age, it's about desire and physicality
Dancer's Career Development - thinking ahead
Wanting to inspire others, an ambassador for dance mamas and helping others to realise their potential at an earlier age
Top tips for a career in the performing arts
 
Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/
A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/
If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

Lucy Balfour is a leading dancer at the world renowned contemporary dance company Ballet Rambert. Lucy trained at the International Ballet Academy in Christchurch, then spent ten years with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, before joining Rambert. In this episode, Lucy talks about the competitiveness of becoming a ballerina, the singular focus on realising her dream, with no back up plan. She talks about the pressure of selection and performing, maintaining self-identity throughout balanced by the privilege of being a dancer. Lucy is pregnant and gives an insight how Rambert have been supporting her to continue to rehearse and perform (Lucy performed on stage with Rambert up to 5 months pregnant) and now looks ahead with the question of whether she'll return to dance once she becomes a mum.
 
Show notes
Lucy's journey into dance
Decision ballet school or high school?
First ballet contract with The Royal New Zealand ballet company
Focus, rejection, perseverance and belief: developing resilience
No plan B
Dealing with rejection
Advice for the 16 year old Lucy Balfour
The day in a life for a dancer at the Rambert Dance Company
Coping with the ups and downs of the selection/audition process
Stay alert use rejection as a learning opportunity, learning from your peers without the pressure! Staying aware of your behaviour
Getting in the right place for a new performance: preparing physically and mentally, writing down corrections in a training diary and not being afraid to ask lots of questions
Late specialisation
Pregnancy and performance
Life after the birth
Dancing whilst pregnant
Facing the prospect of being a dancer and a mum
Viewing ballet through a different set of eyes which will help in the future, learning more about the craft of ballet
The length of a ballet career - it's not about age, it's about desire and physicality
Dancer's Career Development - thinking ahead
Wanting to inspire others, an ambassador for dance mamas and helping others to realise their potential at an earlier age
Top tips for a career in the performing arts
 
Supporting Champions on Twitter www.twitter.com/support_champs
Steve Ingham on Twitter www.twitter.com/ingham_steve
Supporting Champions on Linkedin, www.linkedin.com/company/supporting-champions
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/supportingchampions/
A reminder if you’re keen to pre-register for the next wave of Graduate Membership enrolments then you can do so at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/membership/
If you’re looking for some coaching support or some virtual team development help to support you to get to the next level in work, life or sport then take a look at https://supportingchampions.co.uk/coaching-mentoring/
or drop us a note at enquiries@supportingchampions.co.uk then you can sign up for a free consultation to explore which package is right for you.

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