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Aimee

Grimsby, UK

#123 Jan 10, 2013
Hello, i am 17 years old and i have come upon this useful forum while dreaming about starting ballet!, i have read the stories and some of the comments are so helpful, i do A level dance at college and i used to take ballet when i was 5, but had to quit because we couldnt afford it anymore and whilst i cant yet afford lessons for myself i am steadily learning through college!
I cant say i am the fitest of people but i am similer to Tristin and i am planning to get my beginner shoes next week, i am writing on this page to ask about pointe shoes...
i have been dancing again since september and have always had strong feet, my flexibility is getting there and im still working on my splits,
i am just wondering if il be able to go on pointe soon?? i need to work on my technique first anyways because im all over the place but im hoping that once iv mastered that, il be on pointe!!
Anonymous

UK

#124 Feb 1, 2013
I'm 13 5 foot 3 and 8 stone 9 but I'm skinny? I want to start ballet but my mum and relatives complain and say I'm too old. I went for lessons when I was 5-7 and came out with gold bar 3. I don't know any ballet anymore except the basic pirroutes and plea's but I want to do classical ballet for a while and go on to pointe eventually, I was just wondering at my age would it be possible for me to be like a prima ballerina by the time I'm 18 and be able to pointe if I put enoufh dedication and hardwork in? Ballet is my passion I love it and thinks its a beautiful art. I wanted to do private lessons and have a russian ballet rteacher but that's not gonna happen! If I enroll in march would I be put with 3/4 year olds? Cos I don't wannna be nearly five and half foot and around little kids ill look daft and I can't really afford lessons tbh- any advice??:)
Kkkyyy

Birkirkara, Malta

#125 Feb 7, 2013
Hi I am considering mybe Il start ballet for the first time. But I am 20 years old is it to old to start?
Poppy

Mclean, VA

#126 Jul 22, 2013
Hey guys! Like Aimee i recently came across this forum through a Google search, i just turned 17 a month ago and I'm super interested in taking ballet classes. I have taken ballet classes when i was five, but had to stop because of the cost. I don't remember anything so I'm basically inexperienced. I want to take classes just for fun, I've always been obsessed ballet, I'm just worried that it's too late to start. Also, I'm worried about the cost. Do you guys know any places that will accept me in the D(M)V area AND be affordable? If i do decide to take classes i was hoping to find something that's like $25-35 a month for one class.

P. S.
DMV stands for Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. I live in Maryland but I'm also open to taking classes in DC.
Mai

Cairo, Egypt

#127 Nov 4, 2013
well, am 17 too and i wanna try to dance but i think am too old for that :l, what yew think
Caeli

North Vancouver, Canada

#128 Mar 10, 2014
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?
What you want to do when you r 5 or 6 might be different from when you r 17
mitch nghona

South Africa

#129 Apr 20, 2014
I'm a 17 year old boy and am askin if I could take ballet classes at this age ? I currently do karate and can do the splits , so can I catch up quuickly with the other dancers ?
Carla Nicole

La Vergne, TN

#130 May 17, 2014
I am the same exact way, I'm about to be 18 and I want to start dancing, it's always been a dream of mine to be a part of a dance team that does cool dances for famous singers or just compete. My only problem has always been wondering if it's too late for me to learn jazz and ballet because I was never taught. Dance runs through my family and music relieves stress from me big time, another problem I have is stage fright. I'm not afraid to do little dance moves in front of people but I don't like all the attention on me, dance is just a passion I have. I just want to find somewhere to dance out Of my stage fright and feel free of worries and what people say, Iv heard people that have seen me tell me that I'm good, Iv had NO experience and Iv been dancing freestyle since I was about 11 or 12 years old. So I'm gonna start looking around for dance classes and see if I can get at least experienced :) after all dance is my passion
Hillary

Europe

#132 Dec 2, 2014
hey I'm hilary .. I really love ballet but never took classes. but I'm like really flexible but im almost 18.. can I do it?
Steffi

Indianapolis, IN

#134 Jun 17, 2015
I'm not sure if I'm replying sorry. I really wanted to ask something. I'm 17 and I had Ballet classes from when I was around 6 to 8 years old. I haven't had any class since because my teacher had to quit and our family couldn't afford classes anywhere else. I want to dance again not professionally, but just for fun and keeping fit. I feel I might not be able to do it though considering I'm kinda big. I'm 5'3" and weigh, Let's just say more then I should for my height. So my question. Is it possible for me to dance the way I am now? I want to do ballet so I can exercise more in a way that's fun for me. Also is their any kind of stretches you might recommend for me since I'm just starting. Unwanted to work my way to the splits. I have been stretching a little though.
esther

UK

#135 Nov 27, 2015
Hey am 17 and have always dreamt of being a ballerina.been thinking of start taking ballet classes But also am a nursing student, what do you think I should do. Its going to be hard juggling classes with my studies and I don't want to wait till I'm done. Pls I need advice
Megan

Simi Valley, CA

#136 Jan 5, 2016
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?
Hey my names Megan, I'm also 17 and had done ballet when I was young and practically the same thing happened to me lol. I've been wanting to start ballet up again for a few years now but my mom always says its too late. Although now I've given it a lot of thought and I really really want to, can you give me some advice or help me out on what to do and where I should look?
griercooper

El Sobrante, CA

#137 Feb 2, 2016
Good for you for listening to your heart and being brave! You are never too old to start ballet...at any age. Also, you are not too tall; I danced professionally and I'm 5' 8"...there are many dancers with professional companies in the SF Bay Area who are even taller. Start gently, be consistent and listen to your body. I'd also suggest adding some kind of strength training like yoga and/or pilates; they'll also help you with alignment. Keep dancing and enjoy!

Since: Feb 16

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#138 Mar 20, 2016
Seize the chance, otherwise you'll regret it.
mackenziesballer ina

Fort Wayne, IN

#139 May 18, 2016
Hi! I think it's wonderful that you want to start again. Ballet truly is magic and I think it's great that you are doing what you love no matter what your brother or anyone says.
I think some realistic goals would be to get more flexible, and that would mean stretching every day, buying stretching bands and equipment, stretching in the doorframe of your bedroom etc. Another goal would be to work on your feet every day to bring strength and muscle into them and fully develop the bones in them. Since you haven't done much ballet before, you feet probably aren't stron enough to handle the pressure of pointe shoes yet, but if you work on your feet constantly and are always using Thera bands, feet stretches, and then working on rolling through them and working them in ballet class, you will soon be ready for pointe. Don't rush your pointe work though. It can be very dangerous if your feet aren't strong enough to handle them yet. Just speak to a teacher or trusted adult about when pointe is right for you, but for now just focus on your ballet training and I know that with hard work and dedication, you can very well be the next Misty Copeland or Sylvie Guillem! Best wishes- xx Mackenzie
PiaBallerina

Gladbeck, Germany

#140 Sep 13, 2016
Hey! I am 17 and I dance ballet for 14 years now.
I don't think that it is worth it to start at the age at 17, because you've missed so much.
IT DEPENDS ON YOUR FREE TIME AND YOUR ENGAGEMENT!! So give your best. Then it will be worth it. But if you don't take class 2 times a week and practice at home.. dunno.. I wouldn't start at the age of 17 just bc it's so late
Pia xx

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