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Anita North

Anita completed the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) program with distinction giving her the ARAD title. She has worked with companies in London, Birmingham, Germany, New York and Romania and has had the opportunity to dance a lot of the classics on tours around the world. Anita continues to be a freelance teacher, coach and classical ballet dancer. 

What got you interested in fitness in the first place?

Both my parents were professional ballet dancers so I guess you could say my interest started when I decided to train to be a ballet dancer.

Who inspires you?

There are several people who inspire me, (mainly ballet dancers I must confess) but really it's more the type of person who inspires me. For example, if you want to become a professional ballet dancer you need to be pretty obsessed with it. That goes for anything elite! It's not just a few times a week, it's a living and breathing way of life. You need to learn how to take care of yourself nutritionally as well as staying in the best shape possible at all times. You also need to learn about the body, how it functions and what to do if something breaks! As with my profession people are not always around to help you when your body isn't performing the way you would like so you need to stay on top of things before they veer out of control.

Why did you choose to teach at PBB?

I loved Paola’s enthusiasm from the start and I admired how she was building something she believes in from the ground up. I also love the way everyone at PBB is different, we all have different styles and Paola doesn't try to make us conform into little clones. This is great because then we can always play to our strengths and experience.

Where did you study fitness and health?

My specific training started at the Royal Ballet Associate Program when I was nine. From there I decided to train full time at Birmingham Royal Ballet School where we not only learnt how to dance, but more importantly in this case, learnt about the body, how it functions, injury prevention and what to do if you are injured. (E.g exercises to avoid and the best stretching for pain relief and improvement of symptoms)

How do you stay motivated?

I still regularly take ballet classes to not only keep myself in shape but to keep in touch with the ballet world so I can seek out new and improved information in terms of exercise, stretching and of course what I like the most injury prevention and or maintenance of a chronic philosophical problem.

Which classes do you teach at PBB?

I teach the Barre, Dynamic Pilates Core and (of course) Fit Camp Ballerina!