What Ballet Taught Me About Life


For 12 years of my childhood, I took dance classes at a local dance studio in my hometown. That is a really long time for a child to do anything; I practically grew up in that studio. So it’s certain that I would end up learning much more than just tendus and plies. 


Never Give Up

There was a quote that we kept on the mirror for a while that said “Never give up, because that means the person next to you can give up, and that’s not fair”. Not only does giving up hurt you, but it hurts the people watching and looking up to you. Whether it it’s the dancer behind you at the barre, the little girl watching in the audience, or a stranger on the street, don’t give up and let them and yourself down.


Failure is Opportunity

My studio had auditions for solo and other key parts for shows, and there was quite a few times where I didn’t get the part that I asked for. And it hurt like hell, but it led to other opportunities like filling in roles that were not cast at auditions, which ended up being some of the more fun roles to dance. Failure is an opportunity, it opens up new doors and pathways you may have ignored before, but now are in plain sight.



My studio is very small, and your grow up with everyone around you. We all went to school together and had dance together, would be each others corps dancers behind solos, and we worked together constantly. You definitely learn how important it is to have a cohesive team working together to accomplish a goal.

Suffer to be Successful

Ballet is hard work, even when it looks absolutely effortless and like we are floating on air, we’re not.  And Pointe is even worse, you are literally standing on the top of your toes, trying to stay balanced and elegant while engaging every muscle in your body at once. And then there are blisters, broken toes, twisted ankles, knee injuries, etc. That being said, when you really love something and want to be successful, you are going to have to work and suffer a little bit to get there.

What activity has taught you about life? Share in the comments.


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  1. dannie54 says:

    I love this post so much. Ballet was an important part of my growing up as well. In fact, it still is today! I’m not dancing professionally or anything but I love my studio and everyone who is a part of it. All of your lessons ring so true for me as, without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’ve always strongly believed that every single person could benefit from at least a couple of years of ballet study. It just makes you a better person.


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  2. Simply Save says:

    Oh I miss dance so much! These are all so true, especially the last one!


  3. i am so in love with this post because everything you said stands SO true. i’m a ballet dancer myself (and aspire to dance professionally) so it’s great to be reminded of all the things ballet taught me BESIDES dancing. there are times when i feel like i’ve wasted 12 or so years of my life dedicating it to this art — if you really think about it, we’re simply moving around in a room — and it never fails to make me smile when i remember all the things i’ve learned and overcome along the way. you know, that’s not the dancing part. THANK YOU!

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  4. I love this post so much. It’s amazing the life lessons we learn when we’re young that come into play when we get older. I think the activity that taught me the most life lessons was running cross country in high school. I learned what it meant to work as a team, that I am stronger than my mind lets me believe and how important it is to follow through with your commitments.


  5. Rica@ Yoga Mat Monkey says:

    Awesome! I know how much my yoga practice has taught me about myself, my body, and my fears. It’s an amazing journey. Great post!


  6. I love this post! I took ballet a bit as a really tiny kid, but I’ve restarted it as an adult. Starting something so hard well after my childhood and teenage years has been HARD, but it’s taught me those same lessons you mention. Love ballet!


  7. Mia says:

    wow 🙂 I really share the same thoughts. I’ve also written today a post about my dance experience. And I think that just dancers like you will understand the things and the feelings I’m talking about. 🙂 Nice post!


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