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Paula Baird-Colt graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and began her professional dance career with the West Australian Ballet before joining The Australian Ballet. Paula received a Green Room award for Best Performance by a Female Dancer for her roles in Jardí Tancat and In the Upper Room. After 17 years as a professional dancer, Paula retrained in the Pilates Method and commenced teaching at the Australian Ballet School a dance specific conditioning program from 2001 – 2007.
A member of The Australian Ballet’s medical team since 2007, she works with dancers to help them understand and improve their body management. From 2008 to 2015 Paula extended her role at The Australian Ballet to work in the Education Unit under Education Consultant Helen Cameron on the company’s education partnerships and outreach program ‘Out There, The Australian Ballet in schools’.
Paula’s special interest areas are hips, lower legs, pointe shoe work and the use of real time ultra sound as a biofeedback movement education tool. Her teaching practice combines visual, auditory, and tactile cues naturally and a capacity to individualise a range of exercises from various movement methods. She is the co-author of the book Bodywise.
In addition to her work with professional dancers Paula’s expertise is sought by elite athletes. A member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science she has presented internationally as well as locally in Australia.