Career Development Plan - Chance of Professional?

by Isabelle

Career Development Plan - Chance of Professional?

Do I still have a chance of becoming professional? I started ballet at 12 1/2 and now I am almost 13. I am quite talented and I catch on quickly. I want to be a professional ballet dancer like Misty Copeland some day. I am auditioning for Canada's National Ballet School, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Quinte Ballet School next fall. With good training and determination do I still have a chance?


Career Development Plan - Chance of Professional?

Reply by Odette

Hello Isabelle,

Thank you for contacting me, it is a pleasure to hear from you.

You enlighten me with the great ballet dancer, Misty Copeland. It is superb that you have a model and inspiration, as it is this muse that will keep you motivated through your ballet training.

I would love to hear more about her influence on you. What do you like about her as a dancer? Are there aspects from her dancing which you feel you can apply to your own dancing?

Misty Copeland is an encouragement to young aspiring dancers and a true example of how it is possible to pursue a ballet career if under the right circumstances. Misty started ballet later at 13 and it was at this age when she made her decision to become a professional ballet dancer. Her mature attitude, determination and good training made it possible for her to become a top ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

It is a worthy idea to be auditioning for a variety of vocational dance schools. This is great. These schools will provide you with top quality training and offer you the chance to become a professional dancer.

Yet for a lot of dancers, it is not just the training that gives them the chance of becoming a professional. It is the drive and determination that comes from the individual that gives you that extra possibility of pursuing a ballet career.

Teacher's always love someone who is sharp and alert, so it is a great quality to catch on quickly and be an intelligent dancer.

Stay positive and work hard.

Believe in yourself!

Best Wishes,


ps. To become the best dancer you can be, learn the Seven Secrets ..... go to my 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page

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