Age 17... Starting Ballet... What do ...

Age 17... Starting Ballet... What do you think?

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Tristin

United States

#1 Sep 16, 2006
Hey ya'll. I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm about to start ballet for the FIRST time. Well I took classes when i was like 5-6 and absolutely LOVED it, but, i have a twin brother and he picked on me all the time so i quit. But I've been wanting to do it every sense I quit.

I'm not here to ask you. "should i start" "will i make it pro" or anything like that. A.) I'm GOING to start. B.) I dont care if I'm pro.

I just want to ask you guys what are some realistic goals i can set for myself? If i work really hard, how long will it take me to catch up to most girls my age?(Not be the best, just normal) I'm going to start out at 1 class for 1 hour a week. The class is tought by some russians that are comming down or something. And its all older teens who are behinners, so thats good. But after a couple months i'm thinking maybe i'll start taking 2-3 classes a week, if I enjoy it as much as i think I will. Should I do that? When do you think I'd be good/strong enough to do pointe?

My classes start not this comming week, but the week after. I've been stretching out and doing splits and stuff a couple times a day.(yeah, i never do anything half heartedly, haha) My splits and stuff sucks tho. How long do you think it'd be till i can do them.

Also I'm 5'7 and i'm 110lbs. Am I to tall and scrawny?
Anita

Montréal, Canada

#2 Sep 17, 2006
That's so sad to hear!

Good for you!

There's many different things you'll have to take into consideration before being able to catch up to other girls your age but starting to take 2-3 classes will greatly help! It depends on your skill and how much you practice before you'll be able to go on pointe.

When you start class yo'l be fine at doing them.

You are not to tall or scrawny-there are others who are wy ore taller/scrawnier than you.

If oyu have any questions or just want to talk to me feel free to email me at [email protected]

-Anita
zoompad

Knaresborough, UK

#3 Sep 18, 2006
Tristin wrote:
Hey ya'll. I'm a 17 year old girl and I'm about to start ballet for the FIRST time. Well I took classes when i was like 5-6 and absolutely LOVED it, but, i have a twin brother and he picked on me all the time so i quit. But I've been wanting to do it every sense I quit.
I'm not here to ask you. "should i start" "will i make it pro" or anything like that. A.) I'm GOING to start. B.) I dont care if I'm pro.
I just want to ask you guys what are some realistic goals i can set for myself? If i work really hard, how long will it take me to catch up to most girls my age?(Not be the best, just normal) I'm going to start out at 1 class for 1 hour a week. The class is tought by some russians that are comming down or something. And its all older teens who are behinners, so thats good. But after a couple months i'm thinking maybe i'll start taking 2-3 classes a week, if I enjoy it as much as i think I will. Should I do that? When do you think I'd be good/strong enough to do pointe?
My classes start not this comming week, but the week after. I've been stretching out and doing splits and stuff a couple times a day.(yeah, i never do anything half heartedly, haha) My splits and stuff sucks tho. How long do you think it'd be till i can do them.
Also I'm 5'7 and i'm 110lbs. Am I to tall and scrawny?
Hi,
I believe you can do anything you want, if you want it bad enough.

17 is NOT too old!!!!! Also, there are ballerinas taller than you.

So my advice is;

1) Do it! And every day, put music on, practice the exercises, then do some free dance every day. Make sure you dance for the sheer joy of it as well as perfecting your technique.

2) Ignore criticism. There's always going to be people who want to put you down, no matter what you do. TOTALLY ignore folk who say that you're too old. If a person has a gift, it won't matter what age they are, it will shine out somehow or another.

3) Don't go on a diet. Eat healthy stuff though, plenty of fruit and veg, especially salads. Dieting causes weight problems, especially all that calorie counting nonsense, it makes people obsess about food.

4) Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance! Dancing is great!
Tristin

United States

#4 Sep 18, 2006
Hey you guys! Thanks so much for the feed back I've gotten so far. I thought I'd update on whats happened over the last day. Hehe..

I've been streching like crazy the last couple days trying to get my body at least simi ready for classes. Going a mile or so on our little exersise bike thingy every night. Doing push ups and a great amount of leg streches, i swear i made half of them up. LoL, but i feel the burn and even over the last couple days i'm already more limber (hurray!) I can touch the floor with ease when i'm standing with legs straight, but my splits still look horrible, they will get there.

Also yesterday I bought "The Joffrey Ballet School's Ballet-Fit" Book. Its a book for teenage/adult beginners in ballet. I'm almost half way done, its great. Helps me understand the basics of ballet and what to expect as an adult beginner and so on.

And allas, I called around different places today to find somewhere to take classes, I found the PERFECT place. Or so it seems to be. The lady seemed really nice and excited to hear from me. She was really helpful, unlike everyone else from the other ballet schools and studios, they talked like they wanted to hang up on me. But here's the info i have so far.

Next week classes start for older teens/adult beginners and what she said is "some russians are comming down from colorado to begin teaching all ballet classes" I dont know if russians are good or what that really means, but she was excited, so i am too.:) But ballet classes for this age group are Mon 5:30-6:30 Wed 6:30-8:00 Thurs 7:30-8:30.
I can take one class for 50$ a month, 2 for 85$month, or 135$ a month and i can take any class they offer any time I want.

This seems to be such a bargain because this is the biggest ballet place around. Said to be the best, but I'll let you know how it goes. hehe.

But i think what I'll do is sign up for 1 class the first month, then if i absolutly am still in love and obsessed like i am now I'll go for 2 per month. I cant really fit more than two in right now because I go to school and normally work 35-40 hours a week.(Yeah, I'm never at home.. lol) But I think later on down the road I'll try to fix my work schedule so i can do more classes. B/c they also offer tap jazz hip hop ballroom and all that great stuff. So If i pay for the 3 or more classes I'll be getting tons out of it.

Sorry about the long post, I'm just excited. hehe
Anita

Longueuil, Canada

#5 Sep 18, 2006
That's so great to hear. They say that Russians are the best ballet dancers/instructors. I'm so happy for you!

-Anita
Sarah

Littleton, CO

#6 Sep 20, 2006
good luck ... hope u enjoy it =]
Nathalie

United States

#7 Nov 14, 2006
Hey guys-
I've never posted on this board before, but I found it through a Google search. I'm in the same situation as Anita. I'm 16 and seriously thinking about starting beginner ballet classes again and maybe jazz from when I stopped when I was five. I've just started taking an all-around Dance class at school this year(we do all kinds of dance. We've had ballet and jazz so far.. we've just had our first Intersection performance this past weekend!!)

First I need to talk to my mom and school dance teacher about classes and all that, but what do you guys think? I've been working on my stretches in class and out of it, but I was wondering if you had any tips on preparation... any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Nathalie

United States

#8 Nov 14, 2006
Sorry, I meant same situation as Tristin. Hehe.. thanks.
Lilly

United States

#9 Nov 14, 2006
Stretching is always good preparation ^_~ the only way to improve you splits is to do them! their is virtualy no other way. I think its SOO *uncomfortable at first. to stretch your spits, but when you finally got it down you know all the painful dreadful stretching was worth it. The flexiblity that splits gives you also improves EVERYTHING you do at barre and center making things easyer. The spits open up your hips and stretches your leg mucsles and gives your great flexiblity of course. hehee
Doing sit ups, crunches and push ups are great too as well as pilates which is similar. Tristins got the right Idea when it comes to preparation ^_^ YOu might want to try training your ears though. ballet isn't jsut strength but musicality too! Get some good classical music to prepare and sooth your ears ^_~

*Wow you guys have quite a Challenge. Whelp let me tell you what I think. I it is near unfeasible to start at such a late age and think that you can go pro but NOT impossible. I could be possible with LOTSSSSSSSS of hard work, dedication and with sadly...taking MORE than just one class a week. But you see what happens!^_^

Its great that you have such an obsession for the art form and I say go for it even if you don't plan to go pro. The feild of ballet is so intiguing and Ithink everyone should participate in ballet. It improves everything you do, expands your mind and perspective on things. It's just simple a beautiful art form too! <33

WoW!!!! your school is REALLY EXPENSIVE Tristin!!!

If you really work hard you can probably catch up to your age group in 2 to 3 years (which goes by fast), If you stretch hard you can probably get your splits down any where from 2 months to a year. It really depends on how unstretched you are. If you havent stretch for many years and are now jsut starting it will probably take you like 6 months to a year. I dont really know though...every body is different.

realistic goals for EVERY dancer is to try to get double turns, beats in jumps and greater flexiblity. those are things everyone should work towards eventually. It is practically required to have double pirouttes AT THE LEAST and your splits down pat if you want to get into a company.

Tristin, your older so your feet can probaby take pointe as soon as your body is ready!!!!! I mean as soon as you stengthened your upper body and stenghthen your technique so that you can support yourself on pointe,But your older so your feet are probably finished developing and are mostly likely strong.

OMGOSH!! Tristin you have the PERFECT dancers body! your not to tall. just eat healthy and maintain a healthy wieght

Over all I say GO for it!(and it would be better if you took more than one class a week ^_~) have fun! take care! and reach for the stars Tristin and Nathalie!

~Lilly, good luck
Emma

Japan

#10 Nov 15, 2006
Wow, Tristin, I'm so glad you decided to pick up ballet again!!! I started when I was 5, too, and my brother picked on me and called me Elephanbelina, but I didn't care. Honest.

The best thing you can do is work out all you got, and dance your heart out (hehe, sorry, im no good at giving advice ....^^;)!!!! If your passion and love for ballet is as great as I see it is here, you will totally rock, girl!!!! xD

- Emz
Nathalie

Austin, TX

#11 Nov 16, 2006
Thanks for the advice!
We're working on our splits and stretches in class, and I feel much more limber than at the beginning of August.:) I'm a lot closer on my forward splits than I am on my side, but I'm working on it!
I talked to my dance teacher and she highly advised me to go into another class outside of school, so I can plan on auditioning for the Fine Arts Academy Jazz class next spring. I'm considering taking ballet outside of school for this year and next and then auditioning in spring 2008 for Academy Ballet. I'm going to talk to her tomorrow for some recommendations on what studios to try, etc.
It's hard to believe, but I'm definitely looking forward to the work ahead of me!:D
Nathalie

Austin, TX

#12 Nov 16, 2006
One more quick question ... I'm 16 and I want to catch up to my age group (not a company, just a class). Do you think it'd be possible and how long would it take if I took one class in school and a few outside school and stretched?
Emma

Japan

#13 Nov 16, 2006
Nathalie:

Cool, girl, you seem dedicated!!!! xD I say if you do that then probably, yes, you can catch up - but you can't just talk about it. For instance, you can't practice 6 days a week and become good without your heart actually drawn into it. >< I know some stuff might bore you, sometimes you might hate what you do, but you've just got to remember - "I might become a ballerina someday, and if I don't, I'll look back and think,'I shouldn't have done that ...'" Which is what I shall tell myself from now on - and let's hope hard work pays off!!!! ><

xoxo

~ Emz
Lilly

United States

#14 Nov 17, 2006
I think 3-4 years to catch up to the rest of the 16 year olds in the world.
Emma

Japan

#15 Nov 17, 2006
Lilly wrote:
I think 3-4 years to catch up to the rest of the 16 year olds in the world.
Wow ..... that's harsh ....... oooo ....=O

~ Emz
Lilly

United States

#16 Nov 17, 2006
sry...I was just trying to be honest...but ya'll can do it! maybe less than that too. Stay positive but realistic. Ballet is a Competitive feild.
Chew yen qi

Kuantan, Malaysia

#17 Nov 18, 2006
Hi my name is Chew Yen Qi i start Gymrama when i am 12 years old Can I dance it.
Lilly

United States

#18 Nov 18, 2006
whats gymrama, and are you asking if you can dance ballet?!
Nathalie

Austin, TX

#19 Nov 18, 2006
Thanks for the replies. Haha, no.. 3-4 years is fine ... as long as I'm dancing.:D Hard work wil definitely pay off!
Lilly

United States

#20 Nov 19, 2006
good attitude!!?^_^

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