When I Grow Up … I Want to Be a Dancer
June 2016

“When I Grow Up … I Want to Be a Dancer,” Friend, June 2016, 32

When I Grow Up …

I Want to Be a Dancer

I’m Christopher Fairbank, and I’m a ballet teacher.

When I Grow Up … I Want to Be a Dancer

What do you do in your job?

I am a professional ballet teacher. I teach talented young dancers in my studio. Before I was a ballet teacher, I was a professional dancer. I even danced for presidents and leaders from all over the world.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love helping my students improve their ballet skills. I enjoy taking them to the ballet to watch others perform. I love to choreograph dances. I also like traveling around the country to teach.

What did you have to learn to do this job?

First I had to learn how to dance. I practiced many hours a day. I learned the basic techniques and the history of ballet. I also learned the right posture and positions for each dance step. Soon I started helping my teachers. Then I became a teacher myself. Sometimes I even let my students make mistakes so they can learn from them.

How does your job help you serve others?

Teaching ballet is the best job in the world. I use the talents Heavenly Father has given me to help other dancers discover their gifts. Then I encourage my students to share their talents with others. Heavenly Father wants us to find our talents, use them, and share them with as many people as we can.