• a guide to achieving the Bulletproof Ballerina body & spirit

    Anti-Bunhead Fitness

  • Is Ballet Breaking you Down?

    Tired of beating yourself up physically and mentally?

    Tired of never measuring up to the "perfect" ballet body?

    Tired of being fragile or injured?

    Tired of feeling stuck no matter how hard you work?

    Tired of your self-limiting beliefs?

    Tired of trying to please everyone else but yourself?

    Tired of never being able to let go and enjoy life and your art?

    Tired of never feeling like you're good enough?

    It's time to break the rules & train differently.

    And become a better dancer than you ever dreamed possible while you're at it.

    Enter, the Bad Girl Ballerina.

  • Who is this Bad Girl Ballerina?

    What does she look like?

    Her body is toned and sculpted with a healthy glow. Her strong yet supple lines cut through the air with effortless control and coordination. There is a grounded stability in her dancing, yet she seems to float across the stage with wild abandon. She never seems to tire from her efforts. Her aura radiates fulfillment, serenity, and vitality.

    How does she feel?

    She feels invincible...bulletproof to injuries. She has strength to get the job done and flexibility to let herself flow. No longer exhausted after rehearsals, there is an energetic aspect to her that allows her to explore life outside of ballet. She feels confident in herself and her abilities without needing the approval of others. The freedom she feels from breaking through her restrictions and self-limitations is empowering.

    What does she believe in?

    She believes in putting everything she has into her art without worrying about the consequences. Expressing herself to her fullest, her dance becomes her mark on the world. She strives for longevity in her career...preserving her body and avoiding burnout. She opens herself to exploration, knowing it will enrich her art and her life. Most of all, she believes in herself; that she is bringing value to the world by putting her best self into her passion.

  • The Focus of ABF

    The 2 keys to unleashing your inner Bad Girl Ballerina

    1. The Physical

    Bulletproof your body:

    The first step to finding your Bad Girl Ballerina is training like one! These ballet-based strength training programs will enhance the strength, flexibility, and stability of your entire body. Using slow, controlled movements, you will be able to visualize and feel what muscles are being strengthened and how that will apply to your technique. Not only will you develop a stability and confidence in your body to accomplish whatever choreography is thrown at it, but you will fortify your body against injuries and extend your career. You will also cut back on the repetitive wear and tear caused by taking multiple classes everyday, preserving your joints and tissues. We will introduce the concept of "Quality vs. Quantity" when it comes to training. You will train harder and more effectively, but spend less time actually training. This will not only get you to a new level in your ability, but it will free up your time so you can do more of what you love. Dance with freedom and passion, without worrying whether your body can handle it. Train less...so you can dance more!

    2. The Mental

    Harness your passion:

    Stop trying to be perfect. Stop trying to please everyone else. Stop playing by the "rules." You'll be amazed at what you unlock inside yourself once you break free of your shell. The Bad Girl Ballerina inside you is fearless and has so much more to express and share without all the worry, judgments, and self-consciousness holding her back. With this ABF training program, you will have more free time to explore and grow as a whole person. You will learn to appreciate and enhance the body that you have. You will get rid of the negative self-talk and start a healthy relationship with your body. And as a result, you will find a confidence in yourself that allows you to be completely vulnerable and expressive with your art. You will rediscover your joy in dancing. You will dance not from a place of trying to be "perfect" or the best, but from a place of expressing yourself to the fullest, of connecting deeply with the audience, of being free and dancing from your heart. Live passionately and allow that to flow through your art.

  • Bulletproof Ballerina

    (Your Physical Tools)

    Fitness and nutrition coaching to help you achieve your peak performance body. With a variety of program options available from one-on-one Personal Training, to home-based On Demand workouts, and Custom Fit remote training from afar, Bulletproof Ballerina will fit your unique needs. Enhance your body and your art with these ballet-based strength and conditioning workouts designed specifically for dancers!

    Anti-Bunhead Fitness

    (Your Mental Tools)

    Through the Bad Girl Ballerina Blog and community, you'll be inspired to break the rules and live to your fullest potential. It's all about shifting your mindset to a place that inspires freedom and growth rather than restrictions and punishment. Join the Bad Girl Ballerina community on social media and sign up below to receive motivational blog posts and special offers directly to your email.

  • My Personal Story

    I was never meant to be a ballerina. My genetics did not give me the "perfect" ballerina body. My short limbs and athletic build are far from the long graceful lines that are desired. Although I started dancing at the age of three, I didn't have access to the prestigious schools the elite dancers hail from. Nonetheless, I had an incredible passion for dancing and worked hard to be the best I could be. Unfortunately, my attempt at being "the best" involved decades of torturing myself with eating disorders, perfectionism, compulsive exercise addiction, low self-esteem, self-destructive behaviors, constant anxiety, and limiting beliefs, just to name a few. All of this evolved from trying to be a good-girl bunhead and doing whatever it took to get to the top. If I followed all the rules and made sacrifices to my happiness, then I would surely be rewarded with success, right?
    Fast forward a few decades and professional contracts. I had actually made a career out of my dancing despite all my self-doubt. I performed principal and soloist roles with multiple companies across the country. I was dancing professionally in NYC (with as many as four companies at a time) where there is no shortage of amazing dancers to compete with. I should have been satisfied with my dancing and the level I had achieved.
    On the contrary, I found myself starting to despise dance. I still loved performing and couldn't imagine my life without being able to express myself through my art. But, I still had this sickening feeling that I was never good enough; that I would never measure up to that perfect ballerina image I had in my head no matter how hard I worked and punished myself. Plus, I started to notice all the time and dedication required to keep myself in "ballet shape" was limiting my life. I wanted to experience, explore, and enjoy all that life had to offer outside of ballet...to break out of my bunhead shell. I was tired of following all my rules and still hating myself. I wanted more passion and enjoyment out of life.
    Enter my Anti-Bunhead Fitness experiment: I decided to break the rules. I stopped taking class every day. I started lifting weights. I gave myself (gasp!) a day off following my workouts to recover and let my body rest. I picked up snowboarding and surfing as new hobbies. I indulged in passions and pleasures outside of ballet. I was a "Bad Girl Ballerina" by ballet's traditional standards. But, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was finally free to enjoy life and grow as a whole person.
    I expected my dance career to suffer from these changes. But, far from suffering, I actually reached an entirely new level with my dancing. It was like I hit a warp zone and skipped ahead to a new playing field. I was training less but found myself with more strength and ability for ballet technique than ever before. Not only did my physical body change, but my mental state transformed as well. I found my love for dancing again. My outside interests fueled my expressiveness. I had more passion and emotions to put into my performances. The more full I was as a human being...the more I could put into my dancing. And perhaps most importantly, I stopped hating myself. I learned to love my unique gifts and to put myself first; not in an egotistical way but in not living my life according to how others said I should live, be, feel. Through my ABF transformation and breaking free from the norm, I found my voice, my true self.
    This is my chance to share these secrets and techniques with you. ABF and the Bad Girl Ballerina mentality provide the tools you need to find your true voice that you've been stifling for so long. No longer fighting to fit in with the stereotypes of a bunhead, I've fully embraced my Bad Girl Ballerina self. Sometimes you have to break the rules to get what you want...you're worth it, trust me.

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    Anti-Bunhead Fitness tips and musings to inspire your physical and mental journey

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  • Connect With the Bad Girl Ballerina Community!

    Reach out and share your unique story and art!

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