The life of a Ballerina is not an easy one (to say the least).
I mean have you watched Black Swan? As crazy as it may seem, the majority of Ballerina’s can actually relate! Well, we aren’t twirling into crazy town just yet, but after dancing on world stages and suffering from multiple painful injuries, spending nearly a year being wheelchair-bound and having countless years in pain, I decided to stop asking questions and start finding them out for myself.
Studying alongside being a professional Ballerina, there was one question that has continually been repeated through my studies. And ‘Why isn’t everyone educated on this?!’
From how to warm our bodies up correctly, to gaining flexibility safely. How to remain injury free, stay lean and gain strength progressively.
How to increase turn out (without the help of hip replacements), have glorious extensions, higher jumps, and a ballerina’s posture only others could envy.
What began as a selfish journey to further my own career had me retiring at the height of my career at 25 to help fellow dancers further theirs.
The TLB method began as a program to aid professional dancers in their challenging careers. But has transformed into a fitness program for dancers of ALL levels and now available to everyone, anywhere through Relevé.
My love and drive for positively shaking up the industry is nothing short of passionate. If I can help anyone out there feel beautiful, strong, and empowered, my life’s work has been worth it.
The TLB method is a ballet inspired fitness program created by ex professional Ballerina, turned master trainer, Louisa Paterson.
With a lifetime of experience not just as a professional ballerina but elite trainer, Louisa has worked with and helped some of the top Ballerina’s globally.
Combining the beauty of ballet with strength and resistance training to sculpt a lean, defined body of a Ballerina. Each exercise and workout has been a careful curation of mat work and floor barre mixed with ballet movements, stretches, cardio & weight training to shape, elongate & strengthen not just ballerina’s bodies, but every body.
The TLB method has been created on some of the top professional Ballerina’s in the world to aid them in remaining lean, strong and injury free through their challenging careers. Now available to all, Relevé makes training like a ballerina accessible to everyone.
Whether you’re stepping into a studio for the first time, starting your fitness journey or a professional ballerina, the TLB method has been created with one main goal in mind, to sculpt a lean, strong body of a ballerina.
Sydney born, Louisa trained at the Heinz Bosl Stiftung and John Cranko School in Germany. Her career as a professional Ballerina took her to world stages where she danced Soloist and Principal roles alongside some of the worlds leading Ballerina’s in Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin. Whilst being a Ballerina, Louisa always had an undeniable desire to help others. Retiring at the height of her career at 25, Louisa studied chemistry & biology and nutrition and completed her Masters in Personal Training. What began as a love to help others and a mission to empower women globally resulted in the TLB method and the start of Train Like a Ballerina.
Kathryn Boren is a member of American Ballet Theatre a NASM Certified Personal Trainer & a TLB Master Trainer. Her ballet training began at age three in her hometown of Dallas, TX. After training at the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of ABT, she performed with ABT II, Staatsballett Berlin, and Boston Ballet. She joined ABT in 2015 and became a certified personal trainer in 2018. Kathryn’s training regimen is focused on stability, balance and core strength. Crucial attributes for rigorous ballet training.
Emma is a qualified physiotherapist and expert clinical Pilates instructor. With over 10 years experience, Emma specialises in women’s health and has a special interest in dancers and elite athletes. She incorporates both traditional and modern influences to her training and believes that every individual and every body is different and needs to be approached accordingly. Her help with women and dancers globally has been incredible and her beautiful and caring personality and shared love for helping others shines through daily.
Jenna began her career as a professional Ballerina travelling and performing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. After suffering countless major injuries Jenna found a new love and passion for food and discovered a fascination for how the right nutrients were the ultimate source of healing for mind, body and spirit. Jenna now holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Nutrition and Naturopathic Medicine and combines her knowledge of nutrition and naturopathic medicine, to educate and inspire people globally.
Debbie is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher, meditation and mindfulness teacher and energy healer, with a passion for helping people feel better through simple but powerful wellbeing techniques. Previously in the corporate world, Debbie chose to pursue her passion for teaching and founded The StillPoint in 2013, a corporate wellness business that focuses on working with business leaders to help them fulfil their potential. She continually inspires, educates and teaches people globally while fostering a healthy, passionate and well balanced love for life.
Alex is a holistic nutritionist and health and wellness advocate based out of Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine). Alex provides individuals with the tools, education and skills to feel empowered and have control over their own health. She believes optimal nutrition is the foundation of health and encourages a food first approach as a therapy as the basis of her practice, paired with holistic treatment. Alex addresses the foundations of health to help individuals glow, feel energized, happy and healthy and live a wonderfully balanced life.
Coming from a sports and ballet/performance background, Steph has been a practising physiotherapist since graduating from the University of Sydney in 2014 and is currently studying a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. She understands the importance of looking after an athlete as a person, not just a specific body part or injury. She believes that physio should not only treat injuries but act as a
preventative management and performance enhancement. Steph has a special interest in treating running injuries, tendinopathy rehabilitation and dance related injuries and also has trained in the DMA Pilates method.
Prior to podiatry, Mia had a successful career as a ballet dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet company in Munich, Germany. During her time as a ballerina, she encountered many injuries of the foot and ankle which were often misdiagnosed, leading to both frustration and delayed healing.
She decided to return home to Australia to study a health science degree at Southern Cross University where she majored in Podiatry. After graduating in 2017, Mia worked as a podiatrist for two years before opening her own podiatry clinic on the Gold Coast. She treats a range of foot and lower limb conditions and has a special interest in the treatment and prevention of foot injuries among dancers.
After an incredibly successful career as a professional Ballerina, dancing with companies such as the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Magdeburg Ballet Company and Singapore Dance Theatre, Emma found a love for studying and completed an Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Newcastle in 2019. Combining her wonderful passion for food and education she combines her vast knowledge of the ballet industry with her passion of education and nutrition and is now helping guide hundreds of young dancers to become the healthiest version of themselves.
Rachel Fine, founder of To The Pointe Nutrition and DanceNutrition.com , is a former dancer turned licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Rachel intertwines nutrition science with the body’s many capacities to offer a personal understanding into the physical and mental demands of dance. As a Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition and a Certified Counselor of Intuitive Eating, Rachel works with dancers through her program, The Healthy Dancer providing lifelong education and nutrition training for dancers to maximize their meals and optimize their training.