A letter to her teenage self…

original content for DanceSpirit Magazine

We came across this beautiful letter Principal artist of ABT wrote to her teenage self for DanceSpirit Magazine - it is such a good reminder to all of our young dancers; even superstars of ballet were not always so confident and assured.

Though every journey is different, there is always the same sentiment in each of letters we’ve seen like this - work hard, celebrate your uniqueness and don’t stop believing!

Dear teenage Isabella,

I'm proud of you for working so hard and following your dreams, even when it isn't easy. I know you feel like an outsider at school, but it's all going to pay off. Soon you'll find your people, your other family, your niche.

One thing I've noticed is that you spend too much time comparing yourself to others. Remember, everyone has their own journeys, struggles, and insecurities. Not to worry—you're unique, and there's plenty of room for everyone.

I know you want badly to fit in and for people to like you, but being yourself is actually the coolest thing of all. And remember, you have a right to respectfully voice your opinions and stand up for yourself.

Speaking of standing up for yourself, I want you to start working towards being financially independent. I know it seems like the distant future, but being able to support yourself will give you all the freedom you desire!

By the way, remember how much you loved to make plays and draw and choreograph when you were little? Keep those creative juices flowing. Watch movies. Make a movie! Go to museums. Read everything. Choreograph! Feel the fear and do it anyway. And, most importantly, always put your dreams out into the universe, because that is in part how they become realized.

Although you'll face obstacles and disappointments, don't dwell too much on what went wrong. The path ahead is curvy and unexpected, but just keep moving forward. Failure is a step on the way to success. It always is. And even though you take your art seriously, you don't always have to take yourself seriously.

You're in for a hell of an adventure, kid!

Love,

Grown-up Isabella


photo - kisha bari

photo - kisha bari