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Dear Katie,

I'm a 14-year-old dancer, and my biggest dream is to become a professional. I have pretty good technique (though I'm still a work in progress, of course). My issue is my weight. I'm not overweight at all—in the regular world, I'm quite slim—but I'm bigger than the other dancers in my class. Should I work on losing weight if I want to become a professional? Or do you think I can find a company that will take me as I am?

Elizabeth

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Dear Katie,

I used to know what I wanted—a dance career—but now I'm not so sure. These days, my parents are so involved in my training that sometimes it feels like I'm pursuing their dream instead of mine. How can I figure out whether I really want to do this, or if I'm just doing it to make them happy?

Anonymous

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Dear Katie,

I'm in recovery from a binge-eating disorder. While I'm doing much better than before, I'm still really insecure about my body, and am always comparing myself to others. How can I reset my perspective?

Alyson

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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 dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!


Dear Katie,

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?

Chrissy

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Dear Katie,

Self-doubt is my biggest enemy. I'm always comparing myself to the other dancers in my class, and even though my teachers have told me I'm talented, I never feel like I measure up. What's the best way to adjust my perspective?

Maddie

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Dear Katie,

I've reached a point where it's clear that my body isn't designed for ballet. Realizing that broke my heart, because dancing with a classical ballet company was always my dream. Some of my teachers have said that I should audition for contemporary groups, but I feel like that would be weird—I've barely studied contemporary dance, and I don't love it. Should I quit dance? Or should I go down a path I'm not 100 percent passionate about?

Aaliyah

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Dear Katie,

I'm 14 and have been studying ballet seriously for about three years. Even though I feel ready, my teachers haven't put me on pointe yet. Am I doing something wrong? Should I ask them about it, or is it pointe-less?

Leilani

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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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Dear Katie,

My teacher always tells me to "lift from underneath" during grands battements, but I don't really understand what she means. I'm overusing my hip flexors instead, and they've started popping. Help!

Ella

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Dear Katie,

I'm an injured ballet student, and my physical therapist and massage therapist are giving me opposite instructions. For example, my physical therapist believes that I should work through the "bad pain" and take three different kinds of exercise classes, but my massage therapist tells me that I shouldn't do anything that causes bad pain and only do one exercise class per week. Who should I listen to?

Rachel

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Dear Katie,

I just went through a big growth spurt, and now I feel like I have no center and no sense of balance. Help!

Maddie

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Dear Katie,

I've been battling Achilles tendinitis for months—it never seems to get better. How can I deal with it? Could there be an issue with my technique that's causing the problem?

Fiona

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Dear Katie,

One of the dancers at my studio is being bullied by some of the older girls. It's getting pretty bad, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Should I confront the bullies? Talk to my teacher? Stay out of it? What would be most helpful?

Emmaline

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Dear Katie,

I always "hitch" when transitioning from the side to the back during grands ronds de jambe. How can I make my grands ronds smoother?

Georgia

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