THE BB STORY
Balanced Ballerinas was founded by mother-daughter team Sharron and Georgia from the sunny Gold Coast in Australia.
Georgia has been involved with ballet her entire life, but don’t call Sharron a ‘Dance Mom’ as she’ll quickly tell you she doesn’t know the difference between a pirouette and a plié.
In 2013 the pair opened a dance studio. This was several years after Georgia had left The Australian Ballet School…
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 (alongside other various and complex reasons) 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.
Fast forward seven years and Georgia is the Creative Director of GC Dance (dance classes for children) and Founder of Tutu Times (adult ballet classes and community). And of course the Balanced Ballerinas brand which consists of a podcast, blog and online boutique which are all dedicated to inspiring adults and children who study ballet to live a more active and fulfilling life.
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.
The Balanced Ballerinas team believe ballet is a way of life.
And they’re here to support, share and connect through the Balanced Ballerinas way of life.