by Nicole Flores
Career Development Plan - Financial issues for Ballet
hi my name is nicole I'm fifteen and I live in California. I took one year if ballet three years ago and then my mom has been unable to pay for classes since then due to financial issues. despite this problem, I have continued to dance on my own. I watch videos on this website and YouTube and teach myself exercises and leaps and turns and I practice in my living room.. I feel like dance is the only way I can be myself and really express myself. my teacher used to always tell me I had natural talent and was also naturally flexible. not being in a studio has been killing me. is there anything you can think of that I can do to keep pursuing dance? I want to learn more, I want pointe shoes eventually, I want to perform but my mom just doesn't have the money for it. neither does any other family members. thank you so much for reading. -nicole
Reply by Odette
To:- Career Development Plan - Financial issues for Ballet
Thank you so much for taking the time to message me and find my website, it provides so much tips and advice which is sure to boost your understanding of dance even more.
Firstly, if you haven't already looked at my eBook "7 Virtues of a Professional Dancer", I suggest you have a real good look through each one to see what you really need to become a dancer. Even if you can't buy each one, you can still see the key virtues which are essential for to have in order to pursue your ballet dreams.
You can tell me which virtue you would most like to have? I am often holding competitions or lucky dips, where I give eBooks out for free to my subscribers. Just go to to my 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page where you can enter your email address and you will always be able to stay in touch, as well as receive tons of advice each week.
I understand what you are saying and I can feel you are bursting with energy to dance. Many dancers are also stuck in the same situation and I know it is extremely hard when money seems to be the biggest factor to hold you back.
However, what you mainly need now is a starting point to boost your journey in ballet and get you going. Then, if you have the talent, you will be able to find scholarships and funding to support your training in dance. But it is that first step which can feel tricky, because you will need to search for the funding if you do not have access to it straight away.
There are different ways to raise money for young dancers and I've seen many of my friends start blogs to get more funding, or have their town or small village support them financially by sending regular updates of their progress in ballet.
You could contact some local dance schools in your area and see if they offer any funding or scholarships for you to take dance classes. Although it's very good you are practicing on your own, it's really important to have regular dance classes in order to become a dancer.
I hope these ideas help you, but please do keep in touch. It's great to hear from you.
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