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How to Become a Professional Ballet Dancer

Learn how to become a professional ballet dancer from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast dance video.

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My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at www.dgtnyc.com. I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. If you want to become a professional ballet dancer, you want to make sure that you are enrolled in a preprofessional dance program at a qualified school with very qualified teachers. You also want to make sure that you are going to summer intensives each summer in high school, and maybe even before that. You want to make sure that you have a very strong core, as well as back, which helps support your arms, and you have flexibility and grace. You also want to make sure that you are very strong on pointe, and that your ankles are able to support your pointe shoes, and you can work well through them. You may want to consider taking acting classes. Ballet is an art form, and it uses expression and emotion, so acting classes can help broaden that part of you, and help you on stage and in class. You also want to have an open mind and be motivated. Ballet is a very intense and a hard art form, and you want to make sure that you are constantly being encouraged and constantly motivated in having your eye on the goal.

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