Hi, This might be a little long to read, just a heads up. I haven't looked through all the posts though I tried to find something similar - if anyone would like to link something which already covers this, please do and I will definitely read. I'm a 30 year old woman from Asia and I have always been fascinated with dance (Western dance I mean). I mention where I'm from because the community I grew up in sees dancing as a waste of time and unimportant (that might be true in the USA as well, I don't know - and this is obviously not true for all of Asia, just the particular place I am in). Of course there are people who dance, but often it is traditional Eastern dance (which is nice but it doesn't really appeal to me - you can only do it as a serious career in itself and people spend years on it doing nothing else). I don't personally know anyone who knows modern dance or salsa or anything like that. There's club dancing but I don't even like going to clubs (they're loud and you get all kinds of hostile attention). I also grew up as a timid kind of person on the outside and very body conscious because I was taught to feel ashamed of myself/my body. My height/weight is normal but I have large breasts and I used to hunch for many years to hide them. Even the way I used to walk was a kind of shuffling self-conscious thing which was my attempt to say 'please don't look at me'. The main way I could express myself and all my thoughts and emotions was through writing, and I realized (and many people told me) that I AM a creative person. In the past 2 years though I have begun to rediscover myself and accept myself and also my body. It is a tough process because of years of seeing myself a certain way, but something that helped me was that I started learning to swim a year ago. I absolutely love it - it made my body stronger, and the strength made me feel really liberated as a person. This might sound crazy but while I am in the water, I feel more like a human-fish and I forget everything else and just enjoy the movement in the water. With daily practice for months, I've even been getting compliments from serious swimmers on how well I swim. It made me realize that even at 29 years old I could learn something new that I love so much. As I said in the beginning (sorry it took so long to get here ) I secretly loved watching dancers and although I didn't even dare to think that I could dance, it was definitely a dream for me. I started trying to dance on my own a little bit, and it felt WONDERFUL. I see it as a kind of expression basically, and it makes me very happy because I feel that the few minutes I spend dancing is a few minutes I spend loving life. If I can be allowed another crazy example to explain this, the way we stroke a cat to express our affection for it, the same way I see the movement of the body and limbs as a way to express our affection for life. I just feel much more connected with everything around me, whether it is furniture or the walls, or even my shadow. Of course I don't know how to dance at all. I also don't know about lessons - because even if I can find some, they will be for students and children and professionals I imagine. Also, what dance would I learn? Could anyone suggest something that would suit me from reading this? With swimming what I realized is that I can play around in the water, but actually learning to swim - which allows me to swim a thousand times faster and better, that has so much pleasure in it, the way you interact with the water. That's basically what I'm looking to achieve with dancing as well - if it's not too late to learn. So to summarize this ramble, I don't know where to go to learn - can I learn on my own? It's not that I mind learning with other people (I did it with swimming so I know when I really want to I won't let myself care enough to stop me), but I don't know if there is anything. The things I looked up in my area sound very fitness oriented (zumba) - and what I want to learn is something expressive. (I forgot to add - because of my large breasts and also not being very athletic - I do swim a lot but it's only now that I have built it up to a high level, so I don't know if I have the right muscles - I'm not sure which dances I can even learn without it being uncomfortable?) I would love it if someone could advice me on any of this. Even if I can learn and practice a little bit every day, in a year I think it would be beautiful to actually live my dream. Thank you so much for reading and any suggestions!