Ballerinas are known for there poise, discipline and dedication to their craft.
We recently sat down with former professional ballerina, Lisha Chin to discover what life lessons she has taken from the discipline and how she incorporates it into her new role as a model and studio owner.
1.Tell us about your role, and how you got started?
My role as co-founder of BalletBody was literally born of a conversation over lunch with my partner Ally. We were both at a point where we were deciding where to go next and the decision to go into business together was essentially on a whim based on the fact that no where else offered the style of class we wanted to teach.
2. How has your role and the industry evolved in the last 12-24 months?
The last few years have been some of the most dramatic changes of my life career wise. I left my job at Singapore Dance Theatre as a professional ballet dancer at the end of 2016, this was a huge decision for me as the majority of my life has been dedicated to ballet having been in full time training since the age of 10. From there I moved into the fitness industry where I taught a variety of different fitness genres including Barre, HIIT, Pilates as well as Ballet. Since the inception of BalletBody Ally and I have both had to move out of our comfort zones in terms of creating and running a business.
The fitness industry in Singapore is pretty behind many other cities such as NY and London, however the last 2 years have seen a huge influx in studios and gyms opening and offering new methods and class types. Despite this BalletBody is the first class I know of to truly traverse the boundaries of Ballet and fitness.
3. What was a career highlight for you, and tell us how you achieved it?
Getting my first contract at a professional ballet company was definitely a highlight as it was what I had worked towards my whole life and was the culmination of all my years of training. Creating BalletBody was a different kind of achievement as although essentially an extension of my career as a ballet dancer, it is a project I never would have anticipated myself being involved in which makes it all the more exciting.
5. Advice you wish you could give your younger self?
So many things. That hair cut is not cool, there is such a thing as too much eyeliner, separating your clothes before washing them really is that important.
6. What books are you reading, or podcasts are you listening to?
I’m currently re-reading ‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf.
Thanks so much for sitting down to chat with us, Lisha.