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.
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