Queensland's leading adult ballet school
Celebrating 10 Years
two ballerinas

Carla Eakin

Why do I love coming to class without fail every Thursday evening come rain, hail or shine, (with the possible exception of unavoidable Mother duties) let me count the ways... My gratitude to the dear friend who introduced me to this class is eternal. That two such exquisitely graceful and utterly gorgeous, talented and accomplished women – in fact REAL ballerinas, would want to spend their evening playing with the likes of me is a revelation, a mystery and the source of unadulterated joy. My only sadness is that this is currently the only class my busy work and family schedule allows. I had long given up hope of finding such a class until my friend invited me along to enjoy myself with a group of wonderful, welcoming women of all ages, dance experience, shapes and sizes. Exercising at the gym, walking or running just didn’t keep me motivated but there didn’t seem to be a dance class out there for me where I didn’t feel out of place. Ballet has been a part of my life in some way since first being captivated as a child by beautiful girls in white tutus with big red smiles. I studied it for years and dreamt of becoming a ballerina, though it was not to be. After Uni, High School teaching and children I pursued and attained ballet teaching qualifications and have taught part time for years, which made particular sense as I was able to be with my daughters who were also dancing. They’re older now and I’m teaching much less and by happy accident I recently rediscovered how much pleasure it gives me to actually dance myself. Obviously I’m utterly out of condition and at 48.75 years of age make polite requests of my body which aren’t always obeyed but that doesn’t matter to these completely unassuming, encouraging, delightful and warm women who so generously share their wealth of talent and experience. Feeling anonymous and without the expectations that come from those who know you allows me to really enjoy this Thursday night window of happiness. I’m also inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of those who have only just begun their ballet journey and feel privileged to witness their progress. That Rosetta and Michelle have created an environment where such a diverse group gels so beautifully and feels so completely welcome and accepted is testimony to their beautiful spirits.

Carla Eakin

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