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Dear Katie,

I know I'm not getting good enough dance training from any of my local studios. But I'm not sure I'm ready to move away to study at a big-name school, either. How do you know when you're ready to leave home to pursue your passion?

Marisa


Dear Marisa,

A lot of students are unsure about when to move away from home. I'd suggest starting with a smaller step: Try a summer course. It's almost like a rehearsal for a year-round school. Leaving home for five to six weeks in the summer is a great way to figure out how you'll feel about leaving full-time, and it'll also help you assess where you stand technically relative to the other dancers out there.

While you're at the summer course, ask yourself questions: Am I ready to be permanently away from my parents? Are they ready? Can I keep up with the other dancers? Am I overwhelmed? Make sure you talk to your parents, too. They know you better than anyone else, so they can help you figure this out.

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