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Esmeralda

Looking Younger

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Esmeralda

Hello,

I am 16 years old, but I'm short and look like I'm 13 or 14. I will graduate high school and audition for ballet companies when I am 17, however I will likely be still growing and look 15. Will this be a disadvantage for me when auditioning? Will directors not want to hire me because I won't be mature? 

Thank you!

 

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Victoria Leigh

Esmeralda, it's a good question, but I would have to say that will depend more on your technique and maturity (which has nothing to do with size).  If you dance like you are ready to be a professional, some companies may like to have a smaller dancer.  And you may grow enough in the next year, who knows?  :)  The main thing is that you  present yourself like your age, not that you look younger.  

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