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Question: What advice would you give to an aspiring ballerina?
First of all, ask yourself whether you are willing to invest yourself completely into the profession. A dancer's life is tough and requires total dedication, along with undying sureness that this is what you want to do everyday for the rest of your life. If you are having doubts, that's not a good sign: becoming a dancer means investing yourself 100% everyday, and working yourself to blood, sweat, and tears, in order to achieve your desired results. If you are confident that this is the profession for you, my tips are to: Believe in yourself, no matter where you might be right now, and how much you are struggling, think about what you can do to improve and exactly what goal you want to reach. As long as you have faith in yourself as a dancer and invest your heart and soul, you will make it wherever you want to make it! Work, work, work. Ballet is a profession based on hard work everyday for hours, accompanied by pain and lots of struggle. The most important thing is to work as hard as you can, pushing your limits everyday. Work means stretching whenever you can, doing strengthening exercises, working on your feet and turnout, going to class and rehearsal, watching ballet videos in your free time to broaden your horizons... anything you can do, DO IT. You'll have time to rest later - now is the time to work hard. Be inspired. Pick up inspiration wherever you can - try discovering new dancers, new ways of moving your body, take videos of yourself training, inspire yourself in order to deepen your passion.
Remember: you can do it. As long as you love what you do and work tirelessly, you will do it. Just remember to give your all now - time is ticking.