Amy Harris: The Ballet Mummy

Posted on 24 December 2015 By admin

In November 2014, Senior Artist Amy Harris and Coryphée Jarryd Madden welcomed their daughter Willow into the world. Twelve weeks later, Amy began the process of returning to the barre. We love that our dancers can also be mothers (and fathers), and we love having babies in the building – especially when they’re as cute as Willow! To celebrate Mother’s Day this week, Amy has kindly shared with us her Instagram journey as a “Ballet Mummy”.

Like mother, like daughter! Nearly twelve weeks after having Willow, and I decided to head to The Australian Ballet HQ for my first session of Pilates.

Nothing like some morning TV when two of your faves pop up [Kevin Jackson & Madeleine Eastoe]. Who said you can’t wear a tutu as PJs?

Time to plug these babies back in! My feet would have to be the one thing that give me problems here and there, niggles from time to time and the odd injury. Very much my focus as I return to work after having Willow.

Three months on and I did my first ballet class … well, just barre. I just wanted to test the waters and see where I was at and it wasn’t bad at all. It was GREAT being back in the studio with my Aus Ballet family.

And I couldn’t have done it without my little girl. The Australian Ballet’s newest recruit! Willow came to my first class back today and loved every moment. Oh dear! She happily did her tummy time while watching barre and listening to the music.

My stretching buddy at home!

Willow wasn’t too sure about the foam rollers up in the Pilates studio … until I found her size for her!

It’s nail-biting stuff! It’s crazy to think that after 14 years with the company, this is the longest time I have ever had off. I have been very fortunate in my career so far (touch wood) that I have not had any major injuries. Looking forward to the challenges that come with being a mummy and a ballerina.

I decided to travel with the company to Sydney for their seasons of Giselle and The Dream. Nine weeks away from my husband and him away from his girls, NO WAY!  I’m continuing my Pilates up here as well as progressing and building up my class work. I have never seen my spot so bare here in the Sydney Opera House!