am i too old??
Dancer

Australia

#262 Aug 12, 2007
also, there are many other careers to do with dance like coreograher, teacher, examinor, etc.
wuzunluver

Tacoma, WA

#263 Aug 14, 2007
gaby wrote:
You are too old because BAllet is a hard thing and it is just like gymnastics you have to start scince you are a baby because you can develop in ballet body better i started scince I was 3 you should just never left is really if your not flexible do not try it sorry
I don't think that you are ever too old to start anything. As long as you have the passion and the heart, why should your dreams be stopped? Just start off slowly and gain knowledge through mistakes. Gymnastics? There was an girl who was a former elite gymnast and she came back to train when she was 18 so it is never too old.
Rachael Kvapil

Fairbanks, AK

#264 Aug 14, 2007
Hannah,

You are not too old. I started at 21 and now at 32, I'm on pointe and still performing. I will say that I personally had to visit with several dance schools and speak with teachers because there is one here in Fairbanks that just flat believes that 21 was too old to start taking dance seriously. However, I found one that encourages me and in all honestly pushes me as hard as any of the kids in my class (yes I dance with 12-adult students. Mostly 12-15 year olds).

Good luck,

Rachael
hannah wrote:
hi, i was wondering will i be too old to start ballet? i am 15 and live in liverpool 4. i really really really want to do ballet. i did it when i was little from 3 but gave it up when i was 4 or 5. i just got bored with it but i regret giving it up now. i was too young i think and wasn't interested. if i am not too old then could some-body reccomend a ballet place around liverpool? not too far from where i live. i live in liverpool 4. so i don't want anywhere too far. and could some 1 please tell me how much ballet beginners class is and how much all the gear is please. than you so much.
Dancer

Kangarilla, Australia

#265 Aug 15, 2007
Rachael Kvapil

I really like that story. I am pleased to hear that people can still benefit from dance class, even through starting later. I am also so glad to hear that you perform! I hope I am still dancing later on in life.
klaw

Douglas, GA

#266 Aug 15, 2007
Hey! people! If this 15 year old really wants to be a pro, then she better work like crap. And when she does make it, she needs to get her tail on this site and tell ever 15 year old girl in the world that they have a chance. Got it? I'm 15, and i'm about to enroll in classes very, very soon. Hannah, you better start working. And the most improtant thing is, get some shoes and set some goals. Good luck!

and Gaby, or whatever it is, if you really are so great at ballet, you should be trying to share it with the world. Stop hogging it.
Dancer

Australia

#267 Aug 16, 2007
klaw

congratulations on starting ballet. i hope you enjoy it as much as eveyone evidentlly here does.

PS this board has been going for over a year if you look at when the first message was posted!
klaw

Byron, GA

#268 Aug 22, 2007
Oh dear.
drama queen

UK

#269 Aug 25, 2007
i want 2 start now aswell i am 14 and my mum and dad say im 2 old
Erin

Wilson, NC

#270 Aug 25, 2007
Rachael,

Your posting really encouraged me...I'm 28 and just starting ballet, which is something I have longed to do for as long as I can remember. I did cheerleading-dance in high school and then ballroom in college, but b/c I put academics first, I never had enough time to dedicate the the hours ballet required. Now that I've graduated, I finally have the time to start doing what I'd dreamed about.

I've found a school that happily welcomes adult beginners. Of course, they probably don't see us as being as hard-working as someone who aspires to go professional, but it's nice to know that I'm welcome. I would loooove to be able to go en pointe someday. How long did it take for you to get there? How many classes per week did you take? Do you (or anyone else) think I have even a remote chance? I'm 5'8", 125 lbs and extremely in-shape, although probably not as flexible as I'd like to be...yet.

Also -- does anyone have any recommendations for exercises/stretches I can do at home to strengthen the hip flexors? Thanks everybody!:-)
misbehaver

Lawrence, KS

#271 Sep 18, 2007
Fifteen too old?? I'm not trying to be rude, but oh my god! I'm going to be 32 in less than 2 months, and I recently started pointe as a way of regaining muscle strength and tone after having a baby. If fifteen is too old, then I'm REALLY in trouble! I guess that would make me an ancient, senile, pointe-wannabe chrone!
Dancer

Adelaide, Australia

#272 Sep 20, 2007
NO ONE is too old to at least enjoy the art of ballet. It is not reserved for young children running around in pink tutus! Ballet is for everyone to learn, and i encourage everyone who wants to to try it. It is great excersise and fun, and also helps with confidence etc.

There is a fanstastic new range of costumes and dancewear coming out with the brand name Elevate. Elevate makes tutus, dance cotumes and dancewear.

Elevate can be found on an EBay based website called Tutu2You. Here you can bid on the cotumes and dancewear, as well as buy them automatically (Buy It Now.) The website is:

http://stores.ebay.com.au/1-Tutu-2-You

Tutu 2 You also sells acessories to go with the costumes like tiaras, bun covers, fans and masks.

Elevate and Tutu 2 You have really great service. I have bought a number of things from them. They are really really great quality. I also bought a tutu for my esteidford. It was the most beautiful tutu i have ever seen, and i got great comments from the adjudicators. The comments included:
"Beautiful tutu"
"Effective costume"
"Appropriate costume for character"
"Stunning tutu"

I hope you check out Elevate and Tutu 2 You. When you need your next costuume, tutu or just dancewear, they are the place to go.

From Dancer
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#273 Sep 23, 2007
I'm 27, male, and am just starting ballet with the intention of going en pointe...which is even more difficult and rare.

I've always been remarkably flexible, but have never done any formalized dance. I became obsessed with ballet recently, and have absolutely devoted myself 110% since then. Even as I type this, I am sitting on the floor stretching my hamstrings. If you are dedicated, you will have no problem!

For an adult male interested in pointe, 15 years old is an envyable position!
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#274 Sep 23, 2007
I forgot to add,

Although I'm not officially in pointe training, I can already stand en pointe!

The only thing that holds people back are their own minds.
Perfect Feet

New Baltimore, MI

#275 Sep 23, 2007
gaby wrote:
You are too old because BAllet is a hard thing and it is just like gymnastics you have to start scince you are a baby because you can develop in ballet body better i started scince I was 3 you should just never left is really if your not flexible do not try it sorry
LoL! I think I remember learning social skills and forms of respect when I was 3 or 4....Evidently, some people were too busy practicing ballet for this!
Dancer

Renown Park, Australia

#276 Sep 25, 2007
Perfect Feet

I wholeheartedly encourage you to persue ballet. I am sure that, with persistance, you will achieve. Just one thing, PLEASE do not try and stand on your toes on pointe without pointe shoes!!! This is really dangerous, and you can really hurt yourself. Wait until you have pointe shoes, and then wait for pointe class. Good luck!

There is a fanstastic new range of costumes and dancewear coming out with the brand name Elevate. Elevate makes tutus, dance cotumes and dancewear.

Elevate can be found on an EBay based website called Tutu2You. Here you can bid on the cotumes and dancewear, as well as buy them automatically (Buy It Now.) The website is:

http://stores.ebay.com.au/1-Tutu-2-You

Tutu 2 You also sells acessories to go with the costumes like tiaras, bun covers, fans and masks.

Elevate and Tutu 2 You have really great service. I have bought a number of things from them. They are really really great quality. I also bought a tutu for my esteidford. It was the most beautiful tutu i have ever seen, and i got great comments from the adjudicators. The comments included:
"Beautiful tutu"
"Effective costume"
"Appropriate costume for character"
"Stunning tutu"

I hope you check out Elevate and Tutu 2 You. When you need your next costuume, tutu or just dancewear, they are the place to go.

From Dancer
paula

Huntington, WV

#277 Sep 25, 2007
Anyone can take lessons, it's up to you how far you will go however. The traditional gear for ballet are pink tights and ballet shoes with a black leotard. Good Luck!
Abby

Montgomery, AL

#278 Sep 25, 2007
I don't think you are ever to old to do anything that you want to do. I did ballet, tap, jaz, and gymnastics for 8 yrs and then stopped. I have recently started back with ballet within the past year. I am now 26 and I WILL be back on pointe again. Never let anyone tell you you can't do something. You're dreams and goals are entirely up to you. I met 3 ladies yesterday in our local dance store that are just now starting tap and they are in their 60's. Yeah they may be old but they are having fun and that is what life is about doing what you want and having fun doing it.
Dancer

Plympton, Australia

#279 Sep 26, 2007
That is a great attitude to have!

There is a fanstastic new range of costumes and dancewear coming out with the brand name Elevate. Elevate makes tutus, dance cotumes and dancewear.

Elevate can be found on an EBay based website called Tutu2You. Here you can bid on the cotumes and dancewear, as well as buy them automatically (Buy It Now.) The website is:

http://stores.ebay.com.au/1-Tutu-2-You

Tutu 2 You also sells acessories to go with the costumes like tiaras, bun covers, fans and masks.

Elevate and Tutu 2 You have really great service. I have bought a number of things from them. They are really really great quality. I also bought a tutu for my esteidford. It was the most beautiful tutu i have ever seen, and i got great comments from the adjudicators. The comments included:
"Beautiful tutu"
"Effective costume"
"Appropriate costume for character"
"Stunning tutu"

I hope you check out Elevate and Tutu 2 You. When you need your next costuume, tutu or just dancewear, they are the place to go.

From Dancer
4thePointe

Dallas, TX

#280 Sep 27, 2007
I am almost 41 years old and I tell everyone that you’re never too old. I began classical training at the age of 6 and continued through my teens until I tore my ACL. Many years passed but my passion for ballet never really left. When my daughter was born I knew she would be exposed to this world but I didn't think I would be back as anything more than a knowledgeable mom, what was I thinking. I began adult ballet classes 4 years ago at my daughter’s studio and I cannot get enough. To help promote adult classes at the dance studio we preformed in the year end recital. Afterwards I was asked to join one of the small local companies who have older dancers perform the older roles. I was honored but declined; I feel this is my daughter’s time to shine. I'm still dancing, I'm back on Pointe after 20 years of being away and I have a promise from my daughter that she and I will perform her first Pointe piece together in a few years.

Since: Sep 07

Montgomery, AL

#281 Sep 27, 2007
That is so awesome 4thePointe. That is something to be really proud of.

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