Hello Balanced Ballerinas!

I hope you’re having a lovely January! And thank you for all your feedback on last fortnights episode. I’m so glad you enjoyed and it’s always lovely to hear from the wonderful women (and men!) in the Balanced Ballerinas Community.

Today’s guest is Caitlin Thamm who is the founder of Dance Care Australia. A space which has been created for dancers of all ages to be heard and understood in whichever capacity they need by someone who knows what it can be like to be a dancer.

Caitlin ​spent 15 years of her life studying to be a dancer. She began full-time training at the age of 13, which led her to finishing final years of high school at Queensland Dance School of Excellence. Following graduation Caitlin completed a year of Queensland Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program in 2013 whilst participating in various company productions.

Upon graduating, Caitlin continued to train and traveled all over Europe auditioning for ballet companies in search for employment. Facing many struggles and disappointments she decided to return home to Australia and re-evaluate her future.

After making the difficult decision to stop dancing, a story so common, Caitlin applied for university and completed a Bachelor of Human Services in 2018. ​

During this time she began to notice the scarce amount of industry specific mental health support for dancers in Australia and decided to use her own experience within the dance world to support dancers going through the adversities the industry produces.

In December 2020 Caitlin graduated with a Master of Counselling from the University of Queensland and is now a registered counsellor with The Australian Counselling Association.

​Caitlin has a heart of gold and just wants to help young dancers flourish! I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Caitlin and I believe you will too… 

As always, you can reach me on instagram @thebalancedballerina and you can also reach Caitlin @dancecareaustralia – she has the cutest, most sweet instagram full of feel good vibes, so be sure to check it out!

Listen to the Balanced Ballerinas podcast and this episode here!

Peace & Pliés,