In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured!
I'm at a really good studio—everyone says it's the best in the area. But I HATE my teacher. He's incredibly strict and plays favorites in class. Is it worth putting up with him to get high-quality training?
That's a tricky situation. I think you should start by assessing your own progress. How do you feel about your dancing? Have you been improving? Have you had success at auditions? If you're happy with your development, you probably are getting great training, despite your unhappiness with your teacher. In that scenario, it's probably worth sticking it out at your current studio. However, if you feel like you aren't improving and are consistently frustrated, it might be time to look elsewhere—especially if your teacher is truly cruel and inappropriate. (Having a strict teacher and having a nasty teacher are two very different things.) Remember: This is your career. Just because other people say you're at a "good school" doesn't mean that school is right for you. You want to get the best training you can—and stay sane, too!
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In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?
The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.