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Dear Katie,

I just moved up a level at my studio, and I'm really intimidated by the dancers in my new class. They're older than I am, and they're all so good. I feel like I don't belong, and that makes me even more likely to mess up. What can I do?

Abby

Dear Abby,

Congratulations on moving up a level! It's clear that your teachers believe in you and your talent—and that's the most important thing to remember. They wouldn't have placed you in that level if they didn't think you were ready for it. You do belong.

The other girls in your class may be talented, too, but don't waste time obsessing over their strengths. You're in class to focus on yourself and your own technique. And the majority of the time, your classmates are doing exactly the same thing—analyzing themselves, not you.

Stay the course. Continue working on your placement and technique, and write down all your corrections. If you admire your fellow students, let them inspire you rather than intimidate you. You'll be feeling more confident in no time.


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