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Confidence is the key.
Sometimes in ballet, the most important thing is to believe in yourself and be confident. It doesn't matter if you're at an audition or just alone in your ballet studio. Ballet is a learning process and it's important to know that every dancer makes mistakes. Even the world's most famous ballerinas have had their momentary lapses. The most important thing is to learn from these mistakes and avoid them with each new exercise. Put yourself in the front line or in the centre of the barre. Show everyone your skills and what you can do. It's better to make a mistake with confidence and with a strong attitude than to make mistakes with shame and do something right when nobody's watching.
Practice makes perfect.
No dancer is naturally perfect. No one has a perfect turnout and perfect feet and is a natural turner and has the ability to stay in the air for a long time when they jump and has a flexible back and long, delicate arms... no one has the whole package. The most important thing is to develop these skills one step at a time through constant practice. Can't get that turnout? Stay against the wall doing plie's and turning out your legs everyday for a few minutes. Don't have a flexible back? Work on that port des bras or backbend everyday in your room. Every little helps. Just don't get discouraged, because nobody's perfect.
Inner strength is just as important.
Ballet isn't just about physical strength. It's not just about lifting your leg and turning and jumping and beautiful stage presence. It's a huge effort mentally and internally, too. You know how it feels when a teacher hates you or yells at you, or when you don't get that part that you were sure you would get. Or when you work so hard for months but are forced not to dance because of an injury. It's incredibly difficult to have the will power and emotional strength to do ballet. The most important thing is to not take any criticism personally. Most teachers are just trying to help you become a better dancer, not hurt you deliberately. Remember that injuries happen to everyone, and that just because you don't get chosen for something doesn't mean you're not good enough. Sometimes things happen in ballet that we can't understand, and we just have to accept it. Be confident and strong and believe in yourself. Work hard to be the best dancer you can be no matter what.