Today in my English class, I heard a story about a young girl, Sierra, who wanted to fit in. She spent time with a more popular girl’s family in hopes of succeeding at her goal, becoming the more popular girl’s friend. Sierra ended up having a very embarrassing moment, which wound up making her closer to the popular girl. This reminded me of my first ballet lesson, when I felt out of place next to all of the other girls. I felt like if I could just be friends with one of them I would be alright. As it was my first ballet lesson, I did not quite understand what everyone else seemingly found so simple. When we were at the barre using the right foot, I used my left, so on and so forth. I didn’t feel like I belonged there, since everyone else seemed so amazing. I felt like I was going to cry. At the end of class, one girl came and sat next to me as we put on our shoes. She said that it gets easier and not to worry, I would understand it soon. She and I are now best friends, and that little push let me focus on being the best I can be and not thinking so much about how I compare to the rest of the class. Ballet should not always be a competition. You should do it because you love it and you find it fun.

Ballet Class

2 thoughts on “Outcast

  1. I loved how you connected the embarrassment that Sierra felt with the first time you had a ballet lesson. It sounds like both of you got through the embarrassment and found something that you enjoyed (Ballet or Friendship). Both stories are good examples of perseverance and they mesh well as both of you had goals in mind and ways to accomplish those goals.

  2. Lana I really like this story, it reminds me of my first day at Irish step/Cheer. I like how you included Sierra’s story into your Ballet experience. I think that you wrote it with no flaws.

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