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Dear Katie: I Love Performing, But I Dread Class!

In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

I love performing, but I dread class and rehearsals. They're so boring! How can I find my passion in the studio as well as onstage?

Olivia

Dear Olivia,

Class and rehearsals may not be as exciting as performing, but they're essential to building your craft as a dancer. Start by reframing your perspective. Think of the studio as a place where you don't have to be afraid to fail. Go for that third pirouette; push your stamina to its limit. The harder you work and the more you focus in class and rehearsals, the more confident and free you'll feel onstage. To fight off boredom, give yourself mini goals each day: “Today I'm going to focus on my alignment in class" or “In today's rehearsal, I want to work on my artistry." Zooming in on the details will keep your daily routine from feeling like a never-ending grind. Every moment in the studio is an opportunity to improve!

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