I am now officially a nerd. And apparently someone with an idea worth sharing… 

Three weeks before heading off to teach ballet in East Africa and climb Mt Kilimanjaro, I was honoured to speak at a TEDx event.

Now the scary ‘will-forever-be-on-the-internet’ version is live on the tube. Eeek!

This was in the back of my mind when I was preparing my talk and led to copious amounts of wasted trees and MANY sleepless nights. I usually sleep like a bear.

Not because I was worried about the content, but because I wanted to deliver my message accurately with no room for misinterpretation.

When people ask me what I do for work, I always make it very clear that I’m not in the business of producing ‘professional’ dancers. I’m in the business of helping shape gritty, awesome human beings.

My TEDx experience was incredibly (freakin scary!) cathartic and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to share my story and vision for ballet to be used as a framework for life.

A huge thank you to the entire Helensvale Cultural Centre staff and TEDx team who held my hand every step of the way – literally and figuratively.

Another big thank you to my Tutu Times Adult Ballet Company and selected GC Dance students who were the icing on the cake with their performance at the end of my talk.

In particular, I’d like to thank my dear friend and adult ballerina, Ruth. I couldn’t have done this without your invaluable input.

Finally, a shoutout to Richard Maddock who creates beautiful music for ballet class (which I use on a daily basis) and so kindly let me use for the closing performance. You can purchase his music here…

FUN FACT: If you ever have to be miccd up. Ensure you’re wearing a bra or appropriate underwear or all of the above… so that you don’t have to use someones shoe lace tied around your waist to hold the battery pack.

So, here it is!

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