julietburnett Dear Melbourne, I'm sorry that this (plus sightings of me spiriting about town on other mediums of transport/on city walls) is the closest I came to being your Giselle. Have been rehearsing the ballet on and off since December last year, but more intensively for the past couple of weeks for the Sydney season that opens next week. I'm absolutely itching by now to finally realise the long held dream to dance this role! #TABGiselle #ausballet #melbournetram #lookatmemum 🚋 15h

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julietburnett Years whoosh past, and my, those flying months and disappearing minutes, and escape from my desperately clinging fingers like a teasing whisper. In my dancing, and in the writing that helps me decipher its endless intricacies and mysteries, I had been seeking clarity of vision. But as usual, I expected more. I wanted every last detail in my outpouring to be just right, in the hope that I could provoke, challenge, or perhaps even be profound. I was trying to eke out an art work of masterpiece proportions in every breath and comma. Aim high, I told myself, don’t settle on mediocrity, be persistent.
But it was a little too much. || ... read more on www.dancinginaturningworld.com | link in bio | #dancinginaturningworld #julietburnett | photo by @jo_duck
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julietburnett My working week is now done. According to my #WalkInHerShoes Challenge pedometer, plus some educated guesswork on account of my being unable to wear it whilst onstage or in rehearsals where I was partnered, these legs have walked/danced around 242025 steps this week (including riding to and from work and Pilates/body conditioning). Apparently that is equivalent to 193.62km! It's been very interesting tallying up these figures, but I think the true purpose of this campaign is the humbling connection participants feel with the women we are walking in solidarity with. Comparing quantities of distance travelled, hours worked etc. isn't about proving a point, but living out, in a small but meaningful way, the old adage of "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" to at least begin to understand them. It's an act of empathy, and for me a reminder to always put perspective first; I may not have danced my greatest solo, my ride to work might've been frustrating with the wind pummeling me backward, my body in class may not have been as compliant with my demands as I'd expect. But I'm not undertaking these tasks as a literal means of survival. My food and water are in the fridge and on tap, my doctor is around the corner, Australia is not a war-torn country where one must flee constantly just to remain safe. I also believe that art has the power to reach people, to spread a message of goodwill and compassion. Ballet can be such a narcissistic pursuit, but I've always thought that can be turned so easily within the artist - thinking of the transformative power of sharing a story or idea with the audience is constantly inspiring. And even if I've incited just a handful of you, dear 'grammers, to consider the plight of women and children in poverty, then it's been worthwhile. Small steps ... lead to big change. | I've raised 70% of my fundraising goal for the challenge. Thank you supporters! PLEASE help me reach my target! I'm but $600 away. HIGHEST DONOR RECEIVES AN AUTOGRAPHED PAIR OF POINTE SHOES Many of you ask about my pointe shoes, now here is your chance to own them! LINK IN MY BIO @careaustralia @ausballet @blochau #pointeshoes #ausballet 7d
  •   sarahdraugelis @julietburnett you are so beautiful both inside and out. What a wonderful cause. Love from America! 6d
  •   julietburnett @thefudgington thank you for your interest! As per above, the link to my fundraising page is in my bio (i.e. my Instagram page). Just click on it and it should only take a couple of min of your time to contribute to this wonderful cause! 6d
  •   jennmelbourne Well done #beautifulballerina have made a donation stunning performance by Lana tonight on her debut 6d
  •   julietburnett @jennmelbourne thank you so much! 6d
  •   monique.louise It's been nearly 1 month since I saw you in swan lake and honestly you have left a lasting impression on me! I am performing the black swan for my HSC drama and you have inspired me greatly. Thankyouuuu 5d
  •   julietburnett @monique.louise thank you so much. I can't begin to tell you how much it means to hear that. Best of luck for your exam. X 5d
  •   monique.louise thank you so much! 5d
  •   samwitch24 So inspirational! This ignites my humanitarian heart and I hope you raise millions- but even the awareness you as spreading is tremendous! Well done, I hope many more agree to #WalkInHerShoes and help the cause! :) 5d

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julietburnett The #WalkInHerShoes Challenge week is right on the halfway mark, as is my fundraising goal! Way to go, thank you to my supporters! Please consider giving to this wonderful cause (LINK IN BIO), in which the "steps" I take daily as a professional dancer are tallied up on a pedometer and compared to the steps a woman or child in a developing nation would take just to access food, water and healthcare, or to flee violent conflict. Many of you ask me for a pair of my pointe shoes - now here is your chance to own a pair, as I'll be giving my highest donor a pair of autographed pointe shoes! Here is Sadie helping me sew ribbons on one of the many pairs of shoes I'll be wearing at work today as I "Walk In Her Shoes". My job is hard, that's no secret, but my daily plights are put into perspective when considering the fight for survival for women in poor nations. A humbling constant reminder. @careaustralia @ausballet @blochau #ausballet #bloch #pointeshoes #bunniesofig 1w
  •   thaliadavies So admirable 1w
  •   stonehouse785 And I was just thinking I hadn't seen a Sadiegram for a while. If rabbits wore pedometers would they count double on account of being on four legs, do you think? 1w
  •   julietburnett @stonehouse785 haha, there's a thought! I'm sure Sadie would thnk so! 1w
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julietburnett "I was driven by how humans physically navigate ideas of material value...in our rapidly developing world." So blown away by Melanie Lane's Merge tonight at #dancemassive @artshouse. A rare instance where the performance really does fully embody the program notes, and then some. I will definitely try to see it again. Bravo @melahhnee (so nice to reconnect! ) | photo by @deladee 1w
  •   julietburnett @ballet.id I thought you would appreciate this: Melanie is also half-Indonesian. 1w
  •   gracialouise So looking forward to seeing Merge over the weekend. Dance Massive suitably massive. X 1w
  •   ballet.id Wow interesting thank you I will announce in our Instagram! 1w
  •   julietburnett @gracialouise I really wish I could see more. Dance Massive always seems to run alongside our Melbourne season! Ah well. I hope to see a couple more before it's all over (and watch vicariously through you guys!). 1w
  •   melahhnee Thank you so much Juliet! What a great surprise to see you! Look forward to seeing you perform. All the best for your shows, x 1w

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julietburnett Thank you @vivlilingwong @tiagobrissos for these totally killer spoons! Perfect for us two porridge lovers. I've found porridge, which @nickthayer makes with base ingredients of oats, almond milk and banana, is the best breaky for sustained energy through the early part of the day. Flavoured with vanilla essence and cinnamon and topped with agave nectar, blueberries, sultanas and goji berries. Also high in iron! #vegan #breakfastofchampions 2w

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julietburnett All the shoes worn today - for morning class, Giselle and The Dream rehearsals - on Day 1 of the #WalkInHerShoes challenge (please follow link in my bio to donate! Highest donor receives an autographed pair of pointe shoes!). It was quite impossible to keep my pedometer on all day as I was being partnered in most of my rehearsals (a pedometer, needing to be worn on or near the hip, is a protrusion that my partner would be likely to crush when lifting or whisking me around!), but I would estimate that I took, or danced, at least five zillion and infinity steps today (OK, that's daft. Though I DID run my Giselle variation twice... I'll try to get a better estimate tomorrow). In other news, I am ADORING Giselle rehearsals with Fiona Tonkin, @davidmcallisterausballet and Steven Heathcote - all dancers who decorated my childhood walls and sparked this young student's inspiration with their own interpretations in this ballet. Stuff of dreams! | please donate to this great cause for brave women in developing countries - link in bio | @careaustralia @ausballet #ausballet #TABGiselle 2w

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julietburnett This week I'm taking on the #WalkInHerShoes challenge to show solidarity to women in developing nations who have to walk long distances each day just to survive. I'll be wearing a pedometer as I go about my daily schedule of ballet class and rehearsals to tally up the steps I take (or dance!) each day! Please donate at wwww.carewihs.org.au/julietburnett (link in bio) - the highest donor will receive a pair of my autographed pointe shoes!

Finase is 14-years-old and lives in Ethiopia. To collect water for her family, she would wake before dawn and set out with a 25L container along a muddy, slippery path to get to the nearest water source: a polluted spring.

Girls and women from poor countries walk because they have no choice. They need to make sure their families have enough water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. The hours Finase spent walking for dirty water each day meant she regularly missed school and fell behind in class.

Finase also missed school because she'd get sick with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. “I was walking to fetch water that was making me sick and could kill me,” says Finase.
@careaustralia has worked with Finase's community to install water pumps, giving her an opportunity to go to school and get an education now that the walk is much shorter. The water she collects is now clean, which means better health for her and her family.

Finase now has time to attend school regularly, and it's paying off. She's now in grade 5 and she particularly enjoys English and Maths. Finase no longer has to dream about going to school alonside her friends. That dream has become a reality. Her sights are now set on going to university and becoming a teacher. Amazing! #inspiringstory #inspiringwomen
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julietburnett It's Friday the 13th and we are opening a ballet about superstitious peasants and man-killing ghosts tonight. I'm not a superstitious type, but I've a premonition: that tonight is going to be utterly amazing, with #MadeleineEastoe and @kjjackson84 set to enact their special brand of magic and break the audience's hearts in twain. |illustration from The Royal Book of Ballet by Libico Maraja 1962 |#TABGiselle #Giselle #fridaythe13th 2w

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julietburnett #tbt to Giselle in 2006, when Amber and I, coryphée and corps de ballet dancers respectively, were chosen by Maina Gielgud to be her opening night Lead Wilis. I remember being SO nervous beforehand but once onstage, bathed in blue light and dancing through forest glade mist, I was totally transported into the supernatural world of the Wilis. Can't wait to see a new generation of dancers take to this beautiful, precious gem of a ballet - steeped in history, yes, but relevant and malleable enough to be shaped for today's audience (themes of our strongest human emotions, after all, are timeless). Both Amber and I will debut in the title role this season. I cried watching her studio run yesterday, and I'm sure I'll be a proper mess after her dress rehearsal today! How cool to share this journey with such an inspiring artist. @madamegin @ausballet #tabgiselle #giselle #ausballet 2w

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julietburnett I'll never tire of watching the sunset from our house. The perfect wind-down after a long rehearsal day: venting and organising thoughts and reflections as this cosmic majesty plays out before me. 2w

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julietburnett When I'd just about admitted defeat in the quest for a good #vegan brownie, I stumbled upon this recipe book, Easy Vegan by Sue Quinn, in a domestic airport bookshop last week, containing a JEWEL within its pages of promising yumminess: PEANUT BUTTER SALTED CARAMEL SWIRL BROWNIES (I'm sorry to shout, but they really excite me.) I've made two batches this past week due to popular demand, and pictured is the second batch with @nickthayer's suggested addition of chopped macadamia. I might have found the perfect brownie recipe, vegan or otherwise. "Worth it for this recipe alone!" I crow to you (no, I'm not being endorsed); though I'd urge you to consider the modest $39.99 price tag for the way in which this tome presents vegan cooking as a totally simple, non-intimidating option for anyone wanting to try an easy weekly non-animal product option. It's even got pretty picture diagrams in the front to demonstrate plant protein to animal protein equivalents, how to make "eggs", "cheese" and non-animal milks...brilliant. Perfect stuff for this time-poor lass. Now excuse me whilst I wipe the chocolate from my food coma grin... #suequinn #easyvegan #bestbrownierecipe 3w

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julietburnett I'm proud as punch to be an Ambassador for CARE Australia's Walk in Her Shoes challenge this month, showing solidarity to women and girls in developing countries who have to walk long distances each day just for food, water and healthcare alone, leaving little time for paid work or education. Initiatives like this are more important than ever today. I believe there's a misconception that, because it is 2015 and many of us own smartphones and buy things on the Internet, that we all live in a modern, comfortable and progressive society. That's not the case – in developing nations, there are women simply fighting to live. Our geographical location and circumstances should be no barrier: women are women, everywhere in the world.
For the challenge, I will be wearing a pedometer as I go through my daily schedule as a dancer. We refer to the movements we learn daily as “steps”. So throughout the day, I take many steps, and although I’m dancing, and perhaps doing one step over and over in an effort to perfect it, I’ll be thinking of fellow women in developing countries and the steps they take in their daily plight. Remembering these women is an important and humbling source of perspective for me. | But I need your help to dance for these women! Please sponsor my cause: www.carewihs.org.au/julietburnett - a pair of my autographed pointe shoes is up for grabs for the highest donor! Thank you in advance 👭👭👭 @careaustralia #walkinhershoes | photo Herald Sun/ Jason Sammon @jason.sammon
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julietburnett Love my new #Danseuse romper, thank you so much @michellehaswell ! Mixing and matching with my favourite @blochau leotard 3w

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julietburnett How fitting that Sydney farewelled me with a theatrical storm reminiscent of the storm onstage in Swan Lake! What a memorable couple of weeks it has been. 4w

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julietburnett Beautiful waterside lunch at Hugo's with @jasmineburnett @andybluey and the two greatest contributors to the box office in this Swan Lake season, my parents! @kylewid 4w

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julietburnett Chapter One of our Swan Lake tale is complete. Loved every millisecond onstage with these two amazing artists - so many magic moments - and I'm so proud that we could grow more and more with each show. Murphy's masterful choreography calls for full immersion in the story for all the roles, which I've progressed through in my 12 years in the company. Now I can report that there is such a thing beyond immersion in this ballet; I can't find the words yet, but I'll tell you that right now I feel so utterly fulfilled emotionally and physically, with a level of exhaustion that one can't quite comprehend until you've been there! There will be a blog soon, I promise. It's been a long journey to get here, and I want to thank my parents @kylewid (who came to every show!), my sister @jasmineburnett and my rock: @nickthayer. I could NOT have arrived at this moment without your unending love and support. Can't wait for next time! @miwakokubota #rudyhawkes @ausballet #TABswanlake #ausballet #graememurphy 4w

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julietburnett The Swan Lake set in bits and pieces backstage: my view as I warm up and organise my mind and body for tonight's show (a certain parallel there). #ausballet #tabswanlake 4w

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julietburnett Love my Team Nippon dressing room buddies @akokondo @reikohombo #ausballetteamasia 1mon

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julietburnett Jumping back into the Lake tonight... #alltheemotions #TABSwanLake #ausballet #GraemeMurphy photo by Lynden Jones 1mon

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