Am I too old to begin Ballet?

Am I too old to begin Ballet?

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Ree

Gig Harbor, WA

#1 Dec 6, 2008
Hello everyone!(:

This is a...kind of general question about ballet. I have never taken ballet before, but I'm very interested in learning and ready to be dedicated to it as well! I would just love to learn. My problem is, I'm sixteen.

People who might know about this subject, would you say I'm too old to learn ballet?

Thank you!

Ree
Casey

United States

#2 Dec 8, 2008
I too am sixteen and I wish terribly to begim learning ballet. I have already begun to watch my food intake carefully, eating only things my body needs [goodbye french fries :(] and doing simple exercises 'til I begin my lessons. I know it will be hard to learn to do ballet properly because I am already so grown but I want to know; is it a waste of time at my age?
Someone please give it to me straight.
Dibee

United States

#3 Dec 9, 2008
Neither of you are too old to learn ballet. There are some articles about this at http://www.theballetstore.com . And more at http://www.balletshoesandpointeshoes.blogspot... . Read them, I think you'll be encouraged.
Memee

Richmond, VA

#4 Dec 16, 2008
I'm fifteen, and i'm veerry interested in learning too!
This might be some encouragement. A dancer in the richmond ballet something taught my little brother's class for that minds-in-motion thing. His name's Wiley or something. To get straight to the point, he's a professional ballet dancer, and he started at sixteen.:-)
Joannna

Chesterfield, UK

#5 Dec 19, 2008
I started ballet at 15, almost 16. I was worried too and now Im as strong and flexible as any other ballerina. So don't let your age put you off, you can get private lessons which is what I did until I had enough confidence to join a group class, try plies for bulidng strength, good luck!
rebecca

Edinburgh, UK

#6 Jan 12, 2009
Ree wrote:
Hello everyone!(:
This is a...kind of general question about ballet. I have never taken ballet before, but I'm very interested in learning and ready to be dedicated to it as well! I would just love to learn. My problem is, I'm sixteen.
People who might know about this subject, would you say I'm too old to learn ballet?
Thank you!
Ree
Of course not i was 18 when i done my first ballet lesson and now im 21 and i travel the world now i was in flashdance the musical in england which was great fun and now im just in the middle of the mamma mia premire :D youre never too old to do what youre heart tells you to :D please reply xx

Since: Mar 08

Paignton, UK

#7 Jan 13, 2009
i know a girl who started at 16 and was en pointe by 18! im 14 nd started in may you just have to go and do lessons you never know what will happen
Kelsi

Victoria, Canada

#8 Jan 14, 2009
Hi i'm fourteen, almost fifteen and i would really like to do ballet as well, my only problem is that i might be to old??? and that i dont have alot of time during the school year...advice???

Since: Mar 08

Paignton, UK

#9 Jan 15, 2009
well id o mine after school days then my dance school brakes up at the same time as school!

you aint to old like i said many people start late just go for it
KelliB

Baltimore, MD

#10 Feb 18, 2009
I would like to start ballet now, but I am 18 and I'll be 19 in november... but I am very active though and flexible so I'm thinking I will be able to catch on very fast... but is it too late??... and if not where could I go to begin this journey cause I really want to open that door....Please helpp???????

Since: Feb 08

Jamestown, RI

#11 Feb 19, 2009
absolutely not, you can start training at any age. it really doesn't matter.
FarahNQ

Puchong, Malaysia

#12 Apr 1, 2009
rebecca wrote:
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Of course not i was 18 when i done my first ballet lesson and now im 21 and i travel the world now i was in flashdance the musical in england which was great fun and now im just in the middle of the mamma mia premire :D youre never too old to do what youre heart tells you to :D please reply xx
Whoa, you were 18!? I'm 18 myself, and I'm very interested to learn ballet. Did you have any flexibility problems when you first started or did you join something else before ballet that helps? So far I manage to touch my toes and for the past few days did a couple of exercises. Now my thigh got sprained *ouch* X< I'll be heading to a local ballet academy and ask a few questions.
Isabelle

Montrťal, Canada

#13 Apr 24, 2009
You guys are amazing! I do Rugby and Iím very active and strong, I;m one of the guys at my school, my parents told me I'd never be graceful and I want so bad to be a ballerina, I havenít the hart for Rugby, I dream to be graceful. Iím 16 and Iím going to start lessons right away, youíve all encouraged me so much, Thank you.
-Bella

Since: Mar 08

Paignton, UK

#14 Apr 25, 2009
well good luck you maybe shy on your fist lesson and fell like you did rubbish but dont let that stop you i have been doingballet for nearlly a year and on monday i stated another class i felt like i did on my fist day!! but once you know people you become more confident and a better dancer

just get over the fear and youll be fine

if you have any other questions then ill be happy to answer
Ballerina Wish

Brandon, Canada

#15 Aug 20, 2009
I am not to old? Im 12 I did do contortion but I trained myself. I hope to begin ballet very soon.I have a ballet shcool abour 1 minute from were I live :D.
Katie

Atlanta, GA

#16 Aug 24, 2009
I am 19 and when I was 4 I took ballet lessons but hated them. Now I regret ever quitting! I was a cheerleader in middle school but I hated it because I felt silly doing cheers. I am planning on taking classes at my university starting tomorrow. I'm so excited, but I don't have the clothes for it...hopefully I will be able to afford a leotard and some ballet shoes soon :)
Dibee

Van Nuys, CA

#17 Aug 25, 2009
It's great that you're all starting ballet!
rachel

Chambersburg, PA

#18 Aug 29, 2009
yeah. you are totally not too old. The very first female "So you think you can dance" winner Sabra Johnson started at age 16 and she was 20 when she won. that is an amazing example of your never too old to dance
Troy

Piscataway, NJ

#19 Sep 2, 2009
For those wondering if you're too old to start ballet, one of the most prestigous ballet conservatories in the world doesn't think you're too old-and that's beyond your teens. copy and paste this link into Google or another search engine or click the following link to read about it in the article.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1989...
Best to you!
dance

Chesterfield, UK

#20 Sep 9, 2009
its never too late to start, as long as you are dedicated and try hard in class. theres less chance of you being a prima, but if you want to start just as a hobby or way to keep active. go for it .. you develop flexibility and strength on the way.

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