your storytime 59 “It isn’t about being the best,” Jade remembered her mom saying as she dropped her off at her new ballet class. “Just try your hardest and ask Miss Patty when you need help.” But as Jade sat in class watching the other girls do perfect pirouettes, she felt like a failure. Miss Patty had showed everyone how to do the kind-of-complicated spin last week, but every time Jade tried to do one, she fell right over! Jade watched anxiously as everyone in the class got up to practice their turns in front of the mirror. She checked the clock and breathed a sigh of relief when she saw it was 4:59 pm. Class ended at 5 o’clock, and she wasn’t the only one who hadn’t performed yet. Phew, I’m safe this week, Jade thought, breathing a sigh of relief. “Okay, my little ballerinas, that’s all we have time for today,” Miss Patty interrupted her inner dialogue. “I’ll see you next Wednesday at 4 o’clock. Don’t be late!” Jade grabbed her dance bag, knowing she should gather up the courage to ask Miss Patty for some pirouette pointers. But it was just too embarrassing! Even though she was in a beginner’s class, it felt like everyone picked up new moves better than her. She was just about to leave the room when she felt someone tap her on the shoulder. “Hey, Jade,” a redheaded girl from class smiled. “Are you going to freestyle class? I think I’m going to check it out today. Oh, I’m Ashley, by the way, in case you forgot.” “Of course, I remember you, Ashley!” Jade said ... even though she really didn’t. She’d been so nervous during introductions on the first day that she didn’t remember anyone’s Ballet Blues
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