Dear Katie: My Teacher's Playing Favorites—Should I Switch Studios?

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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'm so tired of my teacher playing favorites. I'm a strong dancer, but there's another talented girl in my class who's always the center of attention. I feel like the rest of us get fewer corrections because the teacher's focused on her. Should I switch studios?

Rachel


Dear Rachel,

Unfortunately, pretty much every dancer will have to deal with favoritism at some point during her training (not to mention her professional career). But remember that teachers are human, too, and often they don't even realize they're playing favorites.

Before you switch studios, set up a one-on-one meeting with your teacher. Do not mention the other student. Instead, tell your teacher that you really want to be pushed. Tell her you aren't afraid of being corrected, and that you'd love her to challenge you more. After the meeting, see how things progress. Are you receiving more attention? Or is everything the same? If nothing changes, then it might be time to move on.

For more of Katie's helpful tips and advice, click here.

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