Dear Katie: How Do I Know When to Switch Dance Studios?

August 16, 2018

In our “Dear Katie” series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

I’m on the fence about switching studios. My current studio is pretty relaxed about technique, but it’s like a second home to me—I have so much fun with all my friends there. There’s another studio nearby that’s
much more serious technically. I want to dance

professionally when I grow up. Should I choose

the school that has a great community, or the

one that will help me reach my dream faster?


Dear Erin,

Switching studios can be daunting. But wonderful as a great, supportive community is, it’s not going to get you the training you need. If dancing professionally is your dream, I’d encourage you to pursue the best training available—and if you aren’t being challenged or pushed at your current studio, that training is elsewhere.

The good news is that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to be friends with the dancers at your current studio. Plus, you’ll probably end up making wonderful new friends at the new school. And being around other serious dancers will inevitably push you and inspire you to improve. Your training years go by quickly. Don’t risk looking back and regretting not making the leap.

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