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Dear Katie: I Can’t Afford Dance Classes Any More. Will I Still Be Able to Dance Professionally?

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

I'm 15, and three years ago, I had to quit ballet, because my mom couldn't keep up with the cost of classes. Prior to that, I'd danced for 10 years. I still practice at home for up to three hours a day, but I'm scared that it won't be enough to earn me a place in a company. Do you think it's possible for me to make it as a professional?


Dear Isabel,

Good for you for keeping your dreams alive! It sounds like your work ethic is amazing, and that alone will take you a long way in the dance world.

This is a tricky question, because the answer will vary depending on the individual. But no matter the surrounding circumstances, here's a universal truth: In order to improve, you need to be corrected and pushed. A teacher can see things that you yourself can't. So, I do think it's important for you to get some kind of feedback, however you can.

Since the pandemic, many people have begun offering online classes that include teacher feedback. They're generally much more affordable than traditional classes. That might be a place to start—a cost-effective way to push your dancing to the next level.

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