“Don’t be apologetic. You’re a ballerina.”

This is probably some of the best advice I’ve ever received. Coming back to ballet after an almost 10 year absence, I wanted to have structured classes with a goal of going for annual exams. So instead of joining a weekly adult class, I enrolled in 2 RAD Grade 5 classes where the average age was probably around 12.

Since then, I’ve completed both my Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams, and am currently preparing for my Advanced 2 exam. I was also honoured to be one of the first dancers to take their Discovering Repertoire exam, and was one of the only classes in Canada accepted to be part of the beta program before official release.

After becoming more involved

with the adult ballet community through taking adult classes at my studio and going to Toronto for the National Ballet’s Winter Adult Intensive in January 2018, I decided to start an Instagram account to connect with other dancers like me. I liked having a place to document my progress and post pretty photos, but wanted a place where I could post longer form articles, and that’s how Hannah Ballerina was born.

“Don’t be apologetic. You’re a ballerina.”

This is probably some of the best advice I’ve ever received. Coming back to ballet after an almost 10 year absence, I wanted to have structured classes with a goal of going for annual exams. So instead of joining a weekly adult class, I enrolled in 2 RAD Grade 5 classes where the average age was probably around 12.

Since then, I’ve completed both my Intermediate and Advanced 1 exams, and am currently preparing for my Advanced 2 exam. I was also honoured to be one of the first dancers to take their Discovering Repertoire exam, and was one of the only classes in Canada accepted to be part of the beta program before official release.

After becoming more involved

with the adult ballet community through taking adult classes at my studio and going to Toronto for the National Ballet’s Winter Adult Intensive in January 2018, I decided to start an Instagram account to connect with other dancers like me. I liked having a place to document my progress and post pretty photos, but wanted a place where I could post longer form articles, and that’s how Hannah Ballerina was born.

This website

is for adult dancers and those going for their vocational RAD exams. I post class recaps 3 times a week to keep a record of my progress learning Advanced 2 (although the corrections can be applied to anyone!), and will give monthly exam result predictions up to when I hope to take my exam in February/March of 2019.

I also created this site as a resource for dancers with similar experiences to my own or at an earlier point in the journey to have for advice, support, and knowledge. There are unfortunately not many credible adult ballet-specific resources out there, so I want this to be one of them.

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