Too old to start?

Yari

New Member
#1
Im turning 26 this month and would like to start dance but I feel I may be too old. I dont have hopes to become professional, I just want to dance. There seems to be no adult classes near me, which leads me to believe that starting this late isnt really something that happens. I wanted to start with Ballet but I also want to dance Contemporary, Jazz, lyrical, is any of this possible this late in the game?
 
#3
Never too late! I'm 33 and still do lyrical, jazz, tap, even hip-hop (although I struggle with looking cool doing it ;)). I tried out a few studios with adult classes and was lucky enough to find a place with a large group of adults my age that performs in the recital each year.

Keep looking and I hope you find a place that has options! Definitely check out your local community center or parks & rec, I know my studio offers some of their classes through that.
 

twnkltoz

Well-Known Member
#6
There are several studios in my area who teach those to adults. Especially if you just want to do it for your own enjoyment/fitness/development, why not? But who knows, you're still pretty young in the grand scheme of things. you could do very well. Never know unless you try!
 

DL

Well-Known Member
#7
Im turning [X] this month
Happy Birthday.

and would like to start dance
Glad to hear it.

but I feel I may be too old.
Hmm, good point. Others here might not want to share the truth with you, but [X] is definitely too old to start dancing, for all values of [X]. It's lucky you asked before finding out whether you actually enjoy it.

OK, well, hope that helps, it's been nice meeting you, and best of luck with your future endeavors.

PS

Personally, when I started, I was [X + k].
 

tangotime

Well-Known Member
#9
Im turning 26 this month and would like to start dance but I feel I may be too old. I dont have hopes to become professional, I just want to dance. There seems to be no adult classes near me, which leads me to believe that starting this late isnt really something that happens. I wanted to start with Ballet but I also want to dance Contemporary, Jazz, lyrical, is any of this possible this late in the game?
I've had numerous students begin, in their 60/70s and go on to dance very well..
 

IndyLady

Well-Known Member
#11
Every children's studio (ballet/jazz/tap/modern) I have looked at has adult classes available as well. Google/Internet is your friend.

And most ballroom dancers (who are not aiming for Blackpool) start as adults as well.
 

Steve Pastor

Moderator
Staff member
#12
If I hadn't been sick (very sick) this weekend I was going to take free classes: afro contemporary and hip hop, from the PDX based BodyVox company.
I got used to being the oldest dude in the class a long time ago.
 
#13
Im turning 26 this month and would like to start dance but I feel I may be too old. I dont have hopes to become professional, I just want to dance. There seems to be no adult classes near me, which leads me to believe that starting this late isnt really something that happens. I wanted to start with Ballet but I also want to dance Contemporary, Jazz, lyrical, is any of this possible this late in the game?
I don't know quite as much about professionals who got a late start in the ballet, tap, and jazz world, but something tells me there are some examples of people out there who started at your age or later and did very well. It might make sense to see if you could find some examples of people who did it and see how they were able to do well. They may not have followed the traditional model yet we're successful just the same.
 
#14
You are never too late to start Yari, I learnt how to dance for our wedding and I must admit I have not looked back. Its one of those things when you are older can be one of the more enjoyable times to start dancing. Before when I was younger I would have laughed at the idea of dancing. But as we found, it was a really good way of having fun and even socialising. So much so that after our wedding we have taken up social dancing on a regular occasion and would definitely encourage anyone thinking about Dancing to just do it. Don't let age ever stop you from doing what you want to do!
 
#15
Im turning 26 this month and would like to start dance but I feel I may be too old. I dont have hopes to become professional, I just want to dance. There seems to be no adult classes near me, which leads me to believe that starting this late isnt really something that happens. I wanted to start with Ballet but I also want to dance Contemporary, Jazz, lyrical, is any of this possible this late in the game?
Just a rule of thumb for anything - you are never too old for anything until it's too late. Don't worry if a class is younger than you. I started dancing at 32 and started Muay Thai at 34. Most of the people at the dance studio are older than me and most of my Muay Thai class is younger than me.

If you want to learn how to dance in any environment or socially with partner, consider Latin club dances like salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha and Kizomba.
 
#19
I personally started at a very young age, but I met so many other dancers who started dancing in their late 20's, early 30's and they're doing great! I stopped dancing quite a while ago because of college and other personal reasons, but I'm still interested in dancing and I love seeing people getting into it! Age is just a number, it does not define what we're actually able to do or not.

@chomsky haven't read anything more accurate for a while... age should never be an issue for anyone.
 

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