Career Development Plan - Stopped For 5 Months

by Sofia

Career Development Plan - Stopped For 5 Months

Hello, so Im 14 years old and i want to become a professional ballerina.
I started when i was 13 and i stopped 5 months cause i got an injury on my foot and im starting to train again now. I really wanna become professional but i dont know if i can.
This summer im going to a summer program at Royal Winnipeg Ballet School cause as you may know we need a lot of train and experience and those stuff but i dont really think that my ballet teacher thinks that im going to do it just cause i started late and had to stop for 5 months.

What do you think? Can i still do it? its to late? What do i have to do?

Thank you (:

Thank you so much for your time.



Reply by Odette

To:- Career Development Plan - Stopped For 5 Months

Hello Sofia,

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

Firstly, you have to believe in yourself. Along with the physical ability, it's absolutely crucial to be mentally prepared for a professional ballet career. It highly depends on your self-motivation to how you succeed in becoming a professional ballet dancer. The Seven Secrets, on the 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page, will give you the key answers of how to thrive in the ballet world.

It is crucial to follow the right steps if you want to become a professional dancer. If you are determined to fulfill your dreams in ballet, then follow the personal development plan which are the gradual stages to becoming a professional dancer.

If you want to become a professional ballet dancer, do not let your teacher doubt your confidence. Is it not best to try and follow your goal, then stop without trying? If you believe in your potential and are thoroughly determined then don't stop looking until you've found someone who can support you.

Your teacher may be doubting your ability because of your injury. However, injuries are the infuriating aspect that affects all dancers and athletes. You just have to make sure you nurture your foot and perhaps see a physiotherapist to get some expert advice on how to manage it.

Yes, you are right that it takes a lot of committed training in order to become a professional which is why most dancers go to train at vocational dance schools for their early years. It is not too late for you in terms of your age, as these schools offer training for dancers from the early age of 11 right up until they are 18.

I believe your next step to become a professional ballerina would be to audition for vocational ballet schools. These schools are located around the world.

I would advise you to truly grasp the opportunity during the summer program at Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Show your interest in becoming a professional ballerina and be friendly with the teachers as they may be able to give you advise and guide you to the right direction.

All the best,


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