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What is it like to dance? Am I too old?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 17:48:05    Popularity:     

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I've been kind of interested in ballet as I remember taking it when I was young but I don't know what it's really like because I was doing simple stuff. Now, I'm a young teen and I don't know anything but I'm kind of interested in

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No you are not too old. Real ballet doesn't have "nationals" as that is competition dance. Competition schools do not teach proper ballet. Your best answer pick is totally incorrectly regards to both "nationals" and age you must start. Nobody is truly a natural in ballet as it takes years to train properly. If you are a natural at medicine you don't just start doing brain surgery. There is so much to learn in the way of building your skills. Regarding age as you are a young teen you should know that Misty Copeland took her first ballet class at age 13. She is currently a Principal dancer with ABT (American Ballet Theatre) While it is hard for anyone to become a professional ballet dancer, recreational dance welcomes all ages and abilities. Find a real ballet class for beginner teens and stay away from competition dance unless you really aren't interested in learning ballet but just want to learn dance tricks.

OK, you are never too old to learn to dance. Recreational ballet is for any one of any age, any ability and any body type. You can definitely give it a try in ballet. I would suggest you start in a beginner teen/adult ballet class. It would be better for you to learn there.
Whether you are good enough for nationals is another problem. Competitive ballet is not good. Instead of learning the real technique, you would be taught tricks to look more flexible and stuff, which might end up you learning to use the wrong muscles and more prone to developing injuries.
I won't exactly advice you to go specially to learn competition ballet, but instead normal ballet where if you're lucky or talented the teacher might select you to go for competitions. You can go try graded ballet instead. Like competition ballet, it's recreational ballet but it will teach you the correct technique. You can also go for exams (they might help in confidence issues in competition but a school won't force you if you don't want). But you might expect to start at Grade 2/3 at first (with kids at like age 8 or 9), or Grade 4/5 if you are confident in you're abilities and manage to catch up. Teachers will more likely choose dancers from Grade 5 and up though, and if you can dance well.

Ballet doesn't really have "nationals," besides at your age you wouldn't be able to compete, at least when it comes to ballet. Other styles of dance have competitions (some studios have competition teams, or most schools do) and that could be an option depending on how quickly you advance, which is very dependent on how many classes a week you take. You are never too old to begin dance recreationally.



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