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 of Cluj-Napoca, she traveled to Berlin and joined the TUI Cruises Entertainment, working both as a professional dancer and directing-coach.

Wishing to pass on her knowledge and help others, during Pandemic, Ingrid continued studying Fitness,  Dance Anatomy and The Female Body, getting certified as a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

What began as a love to help others and the mission to empower young dancers and women all around the world, resulted in creating BalleTonic - a platform where everybody can have access to ballet fitness education and training.

Ingrid Karola

"As a dancer I learned how to work with my body, how to be in control and let go, how to be confident and how to express my feelings, thoughts and emotions. How to stay centered in order to live a fulfilled and balanced life. I learned how to flow, how to be present, how to focus my mind, how to stay disciplined and I learned how important is to always stand tall, not only in class but in all life situations. 

As a dancer you see yourself in the mirror and you constantly work with that reflection. You always strive to become better, become more aware of your body, of your strengths and weaknesses, of your capabilities, your natural gifts and you learn a lot about what makes you unique. Not only as a dancer but also as an individual. 

The consistency and discipline you develop as a dancer, creates a strong "push-through" mindset and it gives you the strength and confidence you need in order to succeed in life. You learn how to push-though 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. 

When you start investing time in yourself, you become more focused, more in control, more clear headed, more centered, more confident and more disciplined, and when all comes together and shines trough your daily activities, you start feeling that you are in power. You start feeling that you can manage things better, that you can do more, be more, accomplish more, become more, and this energy gives you the power to go on and do the things you dream of. It's fantastic. Ballet has wonder benefits to the human body and mind and I wish more people could discover and engage into this practice because it's just absolutely fantastic and the results are for a life time.

For example, when you're on stage and you have to do difficult, technical movements, such as diagonals or a manej of pirouettes, piquéscheines, 32 fuettes, or big jumps and leaps such as Grand Pas de Chat's, Jetés, etc., you won't be able to do them if you are not trained, fully present, focused and engaged. You always have to go full-out. If you're not 100% present and confident that you can do it, you won't do it. You have to be prepared both body and mind. Many things need to be brought into alignment in order to get the desired outcome and how to do this, is one of the main lessons that I wish to pass onto my students. Everyone can learn about these fundamentals, without having to be a professional dancer.

I created BalleTonic with the purpose of bringing the training, education and mindset of professional dancers, from the ballet studio and backstage, closer to the people, where everybody could benefit and have access to the true wonders that ballet has on the human body, mind and soul.

I want to show every little girl and woman of every size and shape how they can become stronger and more confident. 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 their own skin!"

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