Just Try One More Time

- By Carla Gajewskey
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Just Try One More Time

Read “Just Try One More Time” and answer the questions that follow.
1. Itchy tulle, bright make-up, tap shoes, and more. Katie loved going to dance class.
2. She wore a pink leotard, pink tights, a pink tutu, and pink ballet shoes. It is a good thing Katie’s favorite color was pink.
3. Her teacher, Ms. Anna, danced in many ballets and loved Katie’s class most of all.
4. Katie was a superstar at turns and leaps. She didn’t even have to practice.
5. One day Ms. Anna was ready to teach them something new. Katie could not wait to find out what it was.
6. Ms. Anna told her students about the importance of flexibility in dance. She went on to slide her front foot forward and her other foot backward all the way to the floor. Ms. Anna told the students that this was a front split, and before the students could do this, they would have to work on their stretches.
7. Katie knew she could do this and started to do a front split. She was not even halfway to the ground when pain rushed up both her legs. Katie quickly got up. She looked at Ms. Anna, confused. Ms. Anna said, “There are things in life that we do not get the first time. These are the things that we must practice and work on until we get them.”
8. Katie worked on her stretches every day. She would get closer and closer to the floor but never made it all the way.
9. One day Katie just got up, sat on her tape, and cried. Ms. Anna walked over and asked Katie what was wrong.
10. Katie said, “I will never get this! I have practiced and practiced, and it still hurts! I give up!”
11. Ms. Anna went on to explain that most people give up just when they are about to achieve success.
12. Ms. Anna told Katie her homework every night until the next practice was to think about what Thomas Edison said. He said, “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
13. The next day Katie sat in her room and thought about this. She said to herself, “Just try one more time.” Katie stretched and tried her forward split. She didn’t make it all the way to the floor.
14. Katie did this every night, saying to herself to try one more time, and every night she got closer, but she did not make it.
15. When it was time for a class, they all started their stretches, and with a heavy sigh, Katie said, “Just try one more time.” This time when she did her forward split, she slid down to the floor with ease. Katie looked at Ms. Anna, and they both smiled.

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Leotard : a close-fitting one-piece garment, made of a stretchy fabric, that covers a person's body from the shoulders to the top of the thighs and typically the arms, worn by dancers or people exercising indoors

Tulle : a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net, used for making veils and dresses.

Split : break or cause to break forcibly into parts, especially into halves or along the grain

Ballet : an artistic dance form performed to music using precise and highly formalized set steps and gestures. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful, fluid movements and the use of pointe shoes.

Flexibility : the quality of bending easily without breaking

Stretch : (of something soft or elastic) be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking

Practice : the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it

Backward : directed behind or to the rear

Confused : (of a person) unable to think clearly; bewildered

Forward : in the direction that one is facing or traveling; toward the front


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