Hayley Erbert on the "Dancing with the Stars: Live!" tour (Jordan Jobeth Photography, courtesy Hayley Erbert)

Ballroom Star Hayley Erbert Writes a Letter to Her Teenage Self

Hayley Erbert's star quality has dazzled television and stage audiences alike. Erbert competed on Season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance," landing a spot in the Top 6 before she even turned 20. After dancing alongside Julianne and Derek Hough on two of their tours, she entered the "Dancing with the Stars" universe, dancing in the troupe for six seasons, serving as a mentor on "DWTS: Juniors," and joining the "DWTS" team on four live tours. Follow her on Instagram @hayley.erbert to find out where you can see her dancing next. —Cadence Neenan

Erbert at age six (courtesy Erbert)

Dear Hayley,

First and foremost, dance always has been and always will be your superpower. It is how you will inspire, reach, and connect with others. But more importantly, it is how you will connect with yourself on the deepest level. Dancing is so much more than just your job. It is your passion, and still, to this day, it's how you freely express yourself.

The best piece of advice I can give you is to always believe in yourself. You will have the most amazing support system throughout your journey, but remember: YOU are enough! When you are struggling or feel lost, return to your love of dance, and you will find yourself again.

Lastly, your body is your instrument—treat it with love and compassion. Your mind is the driving force. As hard as it may be at times, throw your insecurities, comparisons, and doubts away. There is no one like you, so embrace and continue to fine-tune your unique qualities. You are so special, and you have no idea the impact that you can have on the world. Through the difficult times, have faith in your journey and in yourself. You are exactly where you're meant to be. Know that everything will be OK.

I'm so proud of you, and even more excited for you to experience the beautiful future you have ahead of you.

All my love,


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