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16 LESSONS I’VE LEARNED FROM BALLET

In honor of Mother’s Day [MY BIRTHDAY] I thought it would be fun to reflect on my 13 years of dancing to pull out some of the truths I’ve learned now that I’m 16… scary enough, that’s old enough to audition for a company!

OKAY… HERE’S 16 LESSONS I’VE LEARNED THROUGH BALLET

  1. Level’s do not matter as much as you think they do. “Hm, I just don’t think we can let her into this company since she wasn’t in level 5 when she was 12!”
  2. Never be satisfiedImprovement is a competition with yourself. 
  3. Corrections are a good thing. If you can’t take constructive criticism and apply it, than you will not survive the ballet world.
  4. Act the part. Would you rather feel silly but look the part or just look like a robot with feet?
  5. If you want something, prove you deserve it.
  6. Jealousy does nothing but break your own confidence. Trust me 🙁
  7. Find your ‘thing”. Archy feet, long legs, flexible back, performance quality, etc. This is your selling point, know it and own it.
  8. Self confidence is more visible than you think it is. 
  9. ASK YOURSELF IF YOU REALLY LOVE DOING THIS. IF THE ANSWER IS NO…STOP. 
  10. Dance friends last forever. I moved and I’m still close with my best-friends from 6th grade.
  11. Your teachers know what they’re talking about.
  12. Watch videos of professional dancers frequently, find some kind of goal.
  13. You will never be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt it.
  14. There is nothing you can do to change the body God gave you, so might as well learn to use it. 
  15. You never know how many days you have left to dance. Take every opportunity.
  16. Keep the main thing the main thing. Do not let ballet be the number 1 thing in your life, because if you rely on it to bring you complete happiness, it will fail you every time. {Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be added to you.”}

PROVERBS 16:3 “COMMIT YOUR WORK TO THE LORD, AND YOUR PLANS WILL BE ESTABLISHED.”

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