Georgia Canning is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur, ballet teacher and founder of Balanced Ballerinas.
Balanced Ballerinas began with a single focus; to break down the elitist barriers often associated with ballet. Today the Balanced Ballerinas brand is a blog, podcast, classes, events and most importantly COMMUNITY that celebrates the grit and grace that ballet brings to our daily lives.
Georgia has been involved with ballet her entire life, slipping on the first pair of ballet shoes at the age of three before continuing her training at The Australian Ballet School from the age of fifteen.
However, whilst most dancers live for the stage, performing in front of audiences gave Georgia anxiety and she couldn’t wait for the feeling she felt after the performance – relief. Recognising this pattern as an unhealthy way to live, Georgia decided to leave the path of becoming a professional ballerina.
Georgia dreamt of having her own business, attending university and not having to count calories… so she hung up her pointe shoes and went to The University of Queensland to complete a Bachelor of Communications.
In 2013, Georgia opened GC Dance which remains to this day a studio led by lifestyle, quality training and community for school-aged students. When Georgia opened her studio she had parents asking for their own ballet class. So she scheduled the very first ‘adult ballet’ class at the studio and found thirty people lined up at the door…
With the addition of more specific classes over time (formerly known as Tutu Times) the Balanced Ballerinas classes are filled with a supportive and dedicated adult ballet community full of inspiring women and men.
In Georgia’s words…
“My mission? To make ballet accessible to everyone and as a result bring a little grace into everyones daily lives. We NEED to break down the elitist barriers often associated with ballet, because the many benefits of practising ballet should not be exclusive to those with the perfect body, training and pedigree.
Yes, there’s ‘professional ballerinas’ but why can’t their also be ‘ballerinas’ just as there is ‘professional surfers’ and ‘surfers’. If my Dad can call himself a golfer after playing recreationally for a few years, why can’t I still call myself a ballerina when I practise daily?
I truly believe that ballet is a meditative state that builds grit in children and focus in adults. It’s also much cheaper than therapy!
I would have been miserable if I were a ‘professional ballerina’. I had the heart, legs, feet and drive… but I also had boobs and a booty. I would have been miserable maintaining the body that a professional ballerina requires and living in constant anxiety over performing on stage.
I am so proud of myself for designing a life around ballet that not only allows me to reap the rewards but also share the benefits of ballet. I want people who study ballet to realise it’s not just a childhood dream. You can study ballet as casually or seriously as people study yoga! You just have to believe in yourself and be patient with the process.”
Along with recreational students, Georgia has worked with Olympians and professional athletes, including many football players. With a bit of cross-training they use the mental and physical benefits of ballet to sharpen their performance and bodily awareness.
Georgia has also spoken passionately about the benefits of ballet in her 2017 TEDx Talk which you can view here.
Georgia is also a qualified Ballet Conservatoire (Vaganova) teacher, Progressing Ballet Technique trainer and holds a Certificate III in Dance and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.