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Hi, I’m Alice

I'm a ballet geek who tried, and failed, to put away her pointe shoes.

I trained in Melbourne, Australia, and at age 18, gained a professional contract with Alberta Ballet. Two years later I got itchy toes and decided to head on an audition tour to Europe, where I was offered a contract with Zurich Ballet.

I lived my dream. It was a lonely, exhilarating, beautiful ride – I danced all of the big ‘white’ ballets, toured the world and lived the highs and lows of elite performance. My career came to an end when my body eventually told me it was time to stop.

I kept my passion for ballet in the years that followed, heading to university to complete a Bachelor of Arts (psychology) and a Master of Social Work (counselling). I taught ballet, pilates and barre, and worked in the education sector. 

But throughout all of this, I just couldn't let go of the part of me that was ballet. I'd had my professional time - why not let go?



I came back to ballet because when I was training and dancing professionally, I often felt alone and isolated. I didn’t have anyone objective to seek support from. Generalist psychologists and counsellors simply didn’t ‘get’ the ballet world. I don’t want that for you – I want you to have someone who understands your world, who knows their stuff, and who is outside of your professional world.  

When I was dancing, I knew how to approach a fondue exercise and how to improve my arabesque line. But I didn’t know how to contain my nerves side stage, how to stand out in an audition and where to set my sights for my future.

You can learn how to use your mind so that it works in sync with your body. You can learn how to deal with self-doubt and performance anxiety. You can be armed with the tools to perform your best, every day.  

How? With me. 

My quest

I want to equip aspiring and professional ballet dancers with the COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CLARITY to thrive, both inside and outside of the studio.

What does this mean? It means that you bring your challenges to me, and we apply a range of effective strategies to help you overcome them. It means you are able to get out of your head, and get on with your dancing. 


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