Hello wonderful #BalancedBallerinas! I hope you’re all having an amazing week. I have another guest for you…

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 (11 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…

I have many young students who are studying ballet because they want to be dance physiotherapists. In fact I’m often more excited when students come to me with the game plan of working as a health professional in this space rather than the sole pursuit of becoming a professional ballerina. Not only does this goal highlight the importance of their education, but it keeps them in school and broadens their scope of career possibilities within this space. As we all know (and especially after covid) jobs for professional dancers are few and far between and students need an education to fall back on if the plan of becoming a professional dancer doesn’t work out or if they change their mind.

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.

As always, I love to bring guests on the pod that are passionate about looking at the dancer as a whole human being. Louise most certainly fits this bill and it was an absolute pleasure recording this conversation to share with our wonderful community… You can tell Louise absolutely loves her job! Keeping the company members, academy students and other young and adult students in tip top shape to continue doing what they love really lights her up.

The best place to find Louise and follow her work is probably on instagram where you can find her @theprepointephysio and prepointephysio.com.au AND as always you can find me @thebalancedballerina – send us a message if you enjoy the episode, which Im sure you will! I love hearing from you all and have received (honestly) some stunningly beautiful emails lately from Balanced Ballerinas all over the world. They’ve made my day and keep me inspired to spread the Balanced Ballerinas love…

Grit & Grace,

Georgia