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Dear Katie: Help! I Can't Afford Dance Lessons

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,

When I was younger, I trained seriously in dance, and loved it. But two years ago, when I was 14, my family decided they couldn't afford lessons anymore. Since then, I've been running cross-country and doing Pilates every night, trying to stay in shape. Dancing professionally is still my dream, but I'm not sure if or when I'll be able to get back into classes. Is there any hope for me?

Jenna


Dear Jenna,

I'll be honest with you: In order to be a professional dancer, you'll need to train intensively, which means being in dance classes five to six times a week. But don't lose heart! You're already on the right track by staying in shape.

Ask your dance school about financial aid. Most schools will be willing to work with talented students, but dancers are often afraid to ask. Be bold! Explain your situation, and see if they can offer scholarships or reduced-fee classes.

I'd also suggest adding some ballet barres to your at-home routine. You can find many for free on YouTube (including several on my channel). They'll help you develop, or redevelop, the muscles you'll need for studio classes—and they'll keep you in a dance mind-set.



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