is 14 too late to start ballet and go...
dancing dreamer

Oldbury, UK

#42 Apr 12, 2013
amandaa15 wrote:
heyy(: i really want to start ballet because im in awe of pointework! i did ballet when i was like 5 but quit because it was little kiddish.(yeahh, a 5 yearold saying that!) im 14 now, and i wanted to know if its too late to be able to start ballet, and to go into pointe. btw, im not planning to go pro .
I was about 5 when I started and 14 now hoping to go on to Pointe soon , you are never too late to do anything I thing you should give it a go

United States

#43 Apr 13, 2013
No! I have been dancing for about 12 years, and just this year getting onto pointe. You have to go through many years of ballet to learn proper technique. It looks easy, but it is very hard. I don't think it should be your decision if you go onto pointe shoes, either, because a proper teacher would tell you when you were ready.. I hope this does not come across as rude, but I'm very passionate about dancing. Best of luck to you!

Mason, MI

#45 May 6, 2013
Hi:)) I'm 13 and desperately want to take ballet. I'm always dancing around my house and would love to go onto pointe one day. I have very strong legs and my families bodies adapt very quickly. But I have no dancing background:((besides a class when I was 5 but I don't remember anything) I know it will take commitment and I'm ready for it. How long do you think it will take me to get onto pointe? Thanks:)
future ballerina

Edmonton, Canada

#46 May 7, 2013
hi I used to take ballet when I was 3 4 and 5 and I quit because we moved across town and im nine now is that to late to take ballet againi am a bit overweigt I weigh 113 pounds I have extra strong bones and want to do ballet im 5 feet tall is it possible to take ballet please let me know

Pasadena, CA

#47 May 18, 2013
I started ballet when I was 4 or 4 I don't remember, but I stopped taking classes at 8. I really miss doing ballet..It was really fun but to answer your question, It's never to late! I'm serious. It takes a lot of work, but if you work super hard you'll get there much more quickly!

Saint Kilda, Australia

#49 May 26, 2013
I am currently 14 and absolutely love to watch ballerinas dancing en pointe! I would love to begin ballet as another sport but I have a few questions.
1) I have quite big calves and thighs. Will this cause disadvantages?
2) I am not very flexible. Would it be worthwhile doing a yoga class or something like that?
3) I do not want to rush into pointe or anything but how many years of training would be adequate?

Langley, Canada

#50 May 27, 2013
I go to an arts school too! I major in dance and am just about fourteen. I have danced since I was about three or four-ish but took a break from studio classes for a year. I did ballet for three or four years before taking a year off. Do you think I could get en pointe by June 2014 if not before?
DaniTheL wrote:
Absolutely not! I started when I was 16 and went onto pointe when I was 17. It definitely takes a lot of determination and patience. I went to an arts high school as a theatre major and took classes with the dance majors as electives. So I was basically taking classes with seasoned dancers who had to audition to get into the school. Starting out at the bottom is definitely hard because of your age group. Most of the people in your class will be stronger dancers, but don't let it discourage you. If it is something you have a strong drive to do you should go for it. There are a few success stories of girls starting out late in the game and making it professionally, but those are once in a lifetime events. Its never to late to start a hobby, though.

Sunnyvale, CA

#51 Jun 3, 2013
I am 12 and just tsrated ballet, and really like it. I want to start to take 4-5 lessons per week so I can go on toe by age 14 or 15.

Farmington, MI

#52 Jun 8, 2013
Do you have be super or even kinda flexible to start ballet at 14????

Oklahoma City, OK

#53 Jun 11, 2013
I did ballet at 4-6 and quit im 13 now and wanna start again but i fear im to tall 5'6 :( is it too tall?

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Jun 12, 2013
I'm 14 and I really want to start ballet. I don't know if I have the body though because I have hips and all the ballerinas I see are super skinny.
Dancerdreamergir l

Portland, OR

#56 Jun 20, 2013
Bellsebobo wrote:
well i am 14 and i have fallen arches and weak ankles. i have loved ballet since i was 8 and i am african canadain but i live in africa,ghana. Because we dont ballet schools, i thought myself and im moving to canada and starting ballet. everytime people told me im too weak,too skiny, i just ignored them and i still have faith in mysef that i can do it and i know that everyone else out there can :)
Good for you! Don't ever let anyone discourage you!!! Just try hard and never give up!

Hornsby, Australia

#57 Jun 25, 2013
It is NEVER too late to start ballet, but it is slightly better to start earlier if you want to be a professional. I am twelve turning thirteen in july, and I started ballet very recently and already love it. I am by no means skinny, probably average, and I have been dancing for three years prior alternating between jazz, hip hop, and always dancing modern contemporary, which can be a great starting block for ballet. And I don't want to discourage you, but dance, ballet in particular, can be hard and no, you will not get it immediately, or be perfect in your first class. You may have a little natural flair for it, but there are a lot of excersises to remember and there is a good chance the other people in your class will have been dancing for longer than you. No, you're not going to get en pointe easily- my close friend of five years, who has been dancing for almost ten years now, only got en pointe this year, and then she became sick and has missed a lot of class. BUT, with hard work and lots and lots of practice, anyone can be a dancer.

United States

#58 Jun 27, 2013
I want to take ballet, I already take hip hop. I'm going to turn 13 in September, am I too late to start ballet? I took ballet and tap when I was 4 but I quit.

Charleston, SC

#59 Jul 3, 2013
It is never to late to start late! I am almost 14 (in just a week!), and I started ballet when I was 10 (not counting kiddy classes), quit for a year, then started to get serious about it. I feel like my age has helped me concentrate and comprehend better in class, which helped me improve quickly. Sometimes, it is embarrassing to be in a class with younger kids, but with hard work you won't be with them for long. I was really fortunate that I was the only one in one of my classes for practically the whole year and the studio owner was nice enough to keep the class so I was lucky enough to get private lessons last year. It really helped me improve, and yesterday my teacher told me I was ready to start pointe. To know if you are really ready for ballet, you have to realize that ballet dancers are not floppy willowy girls. Ballet takes a huge amount of strength all over. The grace is what you see onstage, but it is draped over a skeleton of steel. If you can put in enough time each week, age and training is no object.
balletgirlcharli e

Spalding, UK

#60 Jul 14, 2013
pointeshoes wrote:
I am 13 and I really want to start ballet too. Is this too old to go pro? I really want to start and train super hard so that I can catch up.
But...(yes here comes the big but!) I haven't even convinced my parents to let me start they think its weird that I want to start and say "you're too old! people start ballet at 3 not 13!"
How can I convince them!?
And any tips on getting really flexible quickly ie. splits asap
and what kind of stretches can i do at home to prepare myself for ballet. I want to be really good if I start. What kind of excersises can I do at home I mean, and they have to be simple ones, like my parents aren't gonna buy me a barre or those elastic things so what are some I can do that are really helpful but don't require equipment.
Thanks so much! Hopefully I can start ballet!
Weeell I think that the prima ballerina dream is a longshot. I am at the elmhurst school for dance and I am 13. We train everyday and it is unlikely all of us will "go pro" the best most will do is get in the chorus. I started when I was three and never stopped. Even before I got into elmhurst I went to classes 5 times a week. It is very expensive and takes a lot of effort and dedication. You need your parents to be behind you 100 %. It takes years of training. I am sorry but I dont think you will ever "go pro" but ballet is a really great hobby and something fun to do that you will really enjoy. So rather than look at it as a career ( VERY unlikely) look at it as a fun way to get fit and love doing x

Armadale, Australia

#61 Jul 16, 2013
I'm 14 and did ballet when i was about 3 or 4, but then we moved and I had to stop.
I've been wanting to do ballet for the last year or so, especially go onto pointe!
I can do well in anything I want to, but only if I want to which is annoyingly stubborn of me.
I haven't convinced my parents to let me start just yet, because they think that it's too expensive (even though they haven't seen any prices yet) and that transport will be a problem.
I really want to find a class with older people at a beginner's level, not be stuck with little kids ahah...

I really want to go onto pointe!

Armadale, Australia

#62 Jul 16, 2013
Dance wrote:
I did ballet at 4-6 and quit im 13 now and wanna start again but i fear im to tall 5'6 :( is it too tall?
I'm 5"6'
WHy would height be a problem?

Calgary, Canada

#63 Aug 1, 2013
I have been doing ballet since the age of 7, all the way up to age 12. I quit a year before I was ready for pointe, because of numerous reasons. I regret taking a year off so much. I am planning on going back into ballet this year. I am 14 now. I ordered ballet pointe shoes online, and they should be coming in less than a week. I am extremely impatient, so I want to get to work on pointe straight away. I know, I know. I've heard it countless times that it takes soo much hard work. but I am naturally extremely athletic, and I catch onto things very easily. I know that when I set a goal, it will be achieved. but im so so so scared mostly, that when I get these pointe shoes, that I wont be able to catch on quickly and I will get discouraged. my motivation is that, love what you do. honestly, work at it HARD at home. if you pull a muscle, great! that means you're working hard. I know ill probably screw my feet but honestly, it'll be worth it.(I hope) haha. I love dance. I am 130 pounds, and 14. I am 5 8". my friend is 5 5", and weighs over 200 pounds. she loves pointe. if she can do it, you and me can do it. go for it. you'll love waking up every day from now on. one last quote, don't ever give up, on something that once made you happy. Auf Wiedersehen.

Singapore, Singapore

#64 Aug 22, 2013
Leyloh wrote:
Well im 14 n i wuld really luv 2 dance balle bt im nt dat fit most ppl thnk balle z 4 skinny ppl so am i too l8 2 start again coz at da age of 6 i found it lame HELP!! Am i too l8 or wat?
It isn't too late! It will definitely take hard work but with determination you can get there!

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