My name is Kalyn Hinklin, and I am 11 years old. I live in Dallas, Texas and I dance at The Dallas Conservatory.


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Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I started dancing when I was 3 years old with mommy and me classes and loved it. I have trained since then in most dance styles but started my ballet and contemporary focus when I was 9 years old. I love ballet!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

I think when there are love and passion things become easy or easier. I love to dance, and I work hard to improve myself every day. Some days are harder than others, but my love for dance keeps me working towards my goals.

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What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?

Having enough time to dance as much as I would like to. Happy to start the Summer where I will be able to dance 24/7 ❤️🤗

Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?

I am lucky to have supportive teachers and parents who believe in me.

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How do you conquer negative talk?

I concentrate on the positive and keep going.

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What is your favorite quote?

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller

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So, what’s next? Any big plans?

Next, I will be attending Summer Intensives! I am excited to start my summer intensives at the Dallas Conservatory, SAB JS NYC and BBASI. I can't wait!!!

Jun 8, 2021

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