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~FOUNDER & COACH~

Ingrid Karola

Born in Romania, Ingrid first started dancing ballet at 5.

During her teenage years she trained at "The Choreography and Dramatic Arts School" in Cluj-Napoca, her hometown. By being one of the leading students during her high-school years, she got recognition due to her distinguished results and many prizes and awards won at many different dance competitions.

At age 16, as she was still in high-school, she was invited to dance in the ballet ensemble of The National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she continued dancing for the next 7 years of her life. Her career as a professional Ballerina took her to world stages where she danced in many different roles in world-known Ballet Performances such as: Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Les Corsaires, Raymonda, Scherezada, Le Sacre du Printemps, Carmen, Oneghin, Aida, Zorba, etc. 

In 2019 after finishing her University Education at The Music Academy/Conservatory of Cluj-Napoca, she traveled to Berlin and joined the TUI Cruises Entertainment, working both as a professional dancer and directing-coach on board of Mein Schiff 4.

Ingrid continued to pursue her interests and passion for body movement, fitness and ballet by deepening her knowledge and getting certified as a personal trainer and fitness coach, helping her clients get FIT and reach their fitness goals. She also started teaching workshops, focusing on helping women build strength, confidence, and self-love. Ingrid now works as a full-time ballet, dance and fitness coach, helping women in her community reach their health and fitness goals.

Ingrid Karola

The core of a ballerina is her technique, training, and strength. A ballerina must have strong technique in order to execute the steps and movements of ballet. This requires a lot of practice and dedication to perfecting the art form. Additionally, a ballerina must have a strong physical foundation in order to be able to perform the movements of ballet with grace and ease. This includes having good posture, flexibility, and strength.

 

"As a dancer I learned how to work and listen to my body. I learned how to be confident in my body and how to use it to create art. I learned how to be creative and how to push myself to be the best I can be. I also learned how to be a team player and how to work with others to create something beautiful. Ballet thought me how to stay centered, how to flow, how to be present, how to focus my mind, how to stay disciplined and the last but not least, how to stand tall in all life situations.

As a dancer you see yourself in the mirror and you constantly work with that reflection. The mirror plays an important role in your grow and progress. You constantly see the power in your body as you move, and the beauty of the movement. You see your strengths, the areas you need to work on and the potential for improvement. The mirror is an important tool in the process of becoming a better performer, it helps you become more aware of your body, of your capabilities and your natural gifts. You become aware of what makes you special and unique, not only as a dancer but as a whole person.

The consistency and discipline you develop as a professional dancer, creates a strong "push-through" mindset, that gives you the strength and confidence you need in life. You learn how to stay strong in heavy and difficult situations, you learn how to smile despite of the pain and you learn how to stay focused on the goal. You become not only more stronger and more confident when you are in class, but you take that feeling and mindset with you onto your every-day life, no matter what you do." 

 

Ballet is a beautiful art form that has many benefits to the human body, mind and soul. Physically, ballet helps to improve posture, flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, and endurance. It also helps to improve body awareness and control. Mentally, ballet can help to reduce stress and anxiety, while providing a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. It can also help to improve focus and concentration. On an emotional level, ballet can help to increase self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-expression. It can also help to foster creativity, imagination, and self-expression. Ballet can also be a great way to connect with others, as it is a form of communication and expression. Finally, ballet is a great way to express yourself and your emotions, and to connect with the beauty of the world around you.

"I believe that ballet-fitness is a great way to stay active and healthy, and that it can be a great way to express yourself and build confidence. I also believe that it is important to make ballet accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, gender, or ability level, because it has wonder benefits on the human body.

 

With BalleTonic, I aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for women, where they can practice and learn about the art of ballet and femininity, improve their physical and mental fitness in a fun and effective way, become more confident and feel better in their own skin, while experiencing the joy of movement.

I want to show every little girl and woman of every size and shape how they can become stronger and more confident in their own skin. I want to help and encourage them to discover their own version of strength and I want to show them what is possible for their own lives and bodies, so they can enjoy life to the fullest and perform at their peak. Ultimately, I want every women to feel strong and beautiful in her own skin!"

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