We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Arvanitis-Dalpe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I started Ballet and Balance to inspire young dancers to disrupt the current trends held in dance. Aside from body discrimination, other unrealistic trends include gender discrimination, unequal pay, and racial discrimination. The dance world is brutal. You have to have a lot of grit to make it. Many dancers quit, leaving years of practice behind and feeling very empty afterwards. I began speaking out to these injustices on my platform to connect those dancers. What I needed most during my darker times was that community, which was lacking. Creating a network on TikTok, Instagram, and through my website balletandbalance.com, has led to an influx of dancers messaging, connecting, and relating to one another with affirmations and pains! It has helped so many girls and boys find others struggling with similar issues to them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I post content regularly to all my platforms! Some content is dance tips and tricks and some videos are simply just encouragement! I also teach live ballet classes in Austin and on Zoom to students worldwide who want to learn ballet!
I am constantly trying to build my business by asking myself “What did I need as a young dancer?”. From here, incorporating new ideas and videos into the business that can make the dance world a better place for the next generation!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are starting at the beach! I would take them to Santa Monica walk the pier and then I would take them into downtown to shop at all the good thrift stores. If they are up for it we would finish with a sunset on Malibu while enjoying our vegan froyo from Pressed Juice!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The dance community on TikTok has disrupted so many toxic trends and I believe is truly a catalyst to changing the dance world for the better. Every follower, every direct message, every comment I receive moves me deeply. I am inspired and upheld by the community created on this platform. That being said, I would like to shoutout to @sarafinaballerina on Tiktok who is exposing many of the cruel and unrealistic truths of ballet. And also to @biancascaglione who is doing the same! I hope dance parents can remain aware of these truths and be more involved in their dancer’s life for their safety and well-being!
I have also come this far due to the persistent encouragement from my husband, who has never let me once settle for an average life. He has pushed me toward this calling, and supported me in every way possible. He is really my better half.
Other: Tik Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@balletandbalance?lang=en
Shots by my husband 🙂