What is TLB?

TLB (Train Like a Ballerina) is a ballet-inspired fitness platform created by professional ballerinas and leading health and fitness professionals with one collective mission – to bring elite ballet training to everyone. The incredible capability of a ballerina is derived from unique strength & flexibility training, complemented by knowledge, education, and mindset. That is why TLB offers a holistic approach to health and fitness. It supplies the tools required for dancers and non-dancers to excel in training and in life. 

When you join the TLB team you gain exclusive access to training from leading ballerinas, teachers, and trainers, delivered directly into the palm of your hand. Alongside your teachers you can learn from world-class dancers and masters with carefully curated programs designed to build strength, grace and flexibility, for life. 

TLB Education is passionately in the making and will provide expert knowledge across multiple essential pillars including nutrition, anatomy, mindset, and correct strength and flexibility training. TLB Education goes further than creating healthy dancers operating at peak performance, it will support teachers around the globe in delivering the best education to their students and the next generation of dancers. 

Note from our Founder:

Ballet is one of the most demanding sports in the world. To look like a supermodel but train like an athlete – what many would deem impossible. Yet thousands of ballerinas around the world train tirelessly for years to achieve the goal of not just looking like a ballerina, but feeling like one too. Although I was lucky enough to dance on world stages I spent the majority of my professional ballet career  not working with my body but fighting against it. Trying every diet under the sun, training 7 days a week, taking ballet classes endlessly only to end up being injured again and again. It wasn’t until an injury led to me being crutches bound and unable to walk for nearly a year that I decided that I’d had enough. I didn’t just aim to have a long career but a healthy one too. So I went on a lifelong quest to fine the absolute best training method for dancers. After years of research, study and multiple University degrees I decided to stop searching and start creating one myself. What began as a journey of personal education and discovery resulted in the pivotal point and creation of The TLB Method. Alongside dancing as a principal dancer in Berlin and completing my masters at University I began testing and trialing exercises on the most elite ballerinas in Europe. The results were astonishing. Combining cross training, flexibility work, education and proper eating habits, dancers became stronger, more flexible, happier and healthier than they had ever been. Regardless if you’re a dancer, I believe everybody should have access to this knowledge and the ability to feel at their best. To feel strong, healthy & empowered.

The TLB Method is constantly evolving and what I love more than anything is that although the method was built on elite ballerinas the training is not specific for dancers and has been adopted by non-dancers of all ages and fitness levels around the globe.

I couldn’t be more proud of the team and what we’ve created. We have enormously bold dreams for TLB and we’re so excited to have you on for the journey. Welcome to the TLB family!

-Louisa Xx.

Method

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.

 

LOUISA PATERSON
Founder & Master Trainer

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.

@trainlikeaballerina

KATIE BOREN
American Ballet Theatre

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.

@katieboren1

ANNA OL
Dutch National Ballet

Anna was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where she began ballet training at the age of three.She joined the Siberian State Ballet in 2003 where she immediately made her debut in some of the most demanding roles. Since then Anna has danced with various companies & on world stages, including the State Opera of Tatarstan, the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg & the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Dantshenko Academic Music Theatre in
Moscow, as well as collaborating with master choreographers like Jiří Kylián, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier & Jerome Robbins.In 2018, she was named ‘Best dancer of the year’ in the British Critics’ Choice & won the Miss Virtuosity Prize at the Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg. Anna joined the Dutch National Ballet as a Principal in 2015.

@anna.ol_official_

ROBERT BRUIST
TLB Master Trainer

Sydney born, Robert completed his ballet training in Munich, Germany at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung. As a Soloist in both the Croatian National Ballet Zagreb and the Leipziger Ballett he had a highly successful career in which he danced leading roles in both classical & contemporary choreographies by world renowned choreographers including William Forsythe, Uwe Scholz, Nacho Duato, Derek Dean, Hans Van Manen & Mario Schröder. Robert returned to Australia in 2019 to finish his career with the West Australian Ballet. Now as a leading ballet teacher in Australia he aims at nurturing dancers through correct training, mindset & education.

@bruistie

ADJI CISSOKO
National Ballet Canada

Adji was born in Munich, Germany where she trained at the Ballet Academy Munich & graduated with a diploma in dance. Cissoko attended the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City, before joining the National Ballet of Canada in 2010. In 2012 she was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada. Cissoko joined LINES Ballet in 2014. Since then she’s originated many central roles & guested for galas worldwide. Cissoko has given multiple masterclasses & taught classes around the world as part of the company’s outreach program. In 2020 she became certified in health/life coaching as well as in ABT’s National Training Curriculum.

@adji_cissoko

BEVAN PFEIFFER
Yoga teacher

After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Bevan was ready to deepen his understanding of yoga both spiritually and practically, and decided to complete his teacher training with Body Mind Life in Sydney. With an understanding of contemporary movement styles blended with his knowledge of anatomy and a deep understanding of yoga asana Bevan is passionate about creating an experience which will leave you feeling completely present in a world where we are constantly distracted. Providing correct yoga practice to dancers specifically has always been a passion of his and his programs and yoga sequences on TLB reflect this beautifully.

@theclimbinyogi

SOPHIA TILLEY
Yoga/Meditation Coach

Sophia has completed over 700 hours of Yoga Teacher Training focusing on philosophy & sequencing and has since completed 25 hours of Kids Yoga Training. As well as Mindful Birth Yoga Training, Sophia has just completed another 300 hours of Soulfull Wellness Yoga Training After exploring meditation through yoga for years Sophia decided to deepen her meditation practice and is a trained Kindred Meditation Facilitator as well as having completed her 1:1 Vedic Meditation Training with Bondi Meditation Centre. With a background in classical ballet Sophia loves to combine technical sequencing with a creative playfulness as well as modifications to build inspiration helping you deepen your practice. “We are all divine, divinity connects us all. When we see ourselves in others we remember that and when we forget; we practice yoga.

@love_yogini_life_

EMMA JACKSON
Physiotherapist

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.

@bondi_health

STEPH ALBERTS
Physiotherapist

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.

@physiowardsports.rehab

EMMA BURDEN
Dietitian

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.

@ideal_eats_dietitian

RACHEL FINE
Dietitian

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.

@tothepointenutrition

ALEX JOY
Nutritionist

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.

@alexjoynutrition

MIA COOPER
Podiatrist

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.

@hinterlandpodiatry

JENNA CARROLL
Naturopath

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.

@theholisticdancer

SARAH KING
Health Coach

Sarah King is a Health At Every Size (HAES) Exercise Physiologist & health coach who uses scientific fact & her personal journey to empower other women to develop a permanent positive relationship with food, exercise & their bodies. Through her 1:1 and group coaching programs, as well as her online community Recovery Club, she helps women regain their periods, balance their hormones, find food freedom & have a healthier relationship with exercise all while gaining body confidence. Her primary belief is to ‘unlearn’ everything about diet culture. It’s about nourishing the body & mind with scientific facts to build foundations for a life of realness, not just wellness.

@sarahlizking
@_recoveryclub