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I'm a 17 year old male, about to start ballet, and as dumb as it sounds, I really want to experience a SI! I've looked into them and a couple are offered as old as 22 in some cases. Is it worth going to an "adult SI"?

My other question is, and I know you've heard it almost to the point it's become annoying. But really, am I too old? I know the average dancer gets until 35, and then out with you--but in terms of entering a company, what ages are we looking at here?

I'm not going to lie, going pro is a goal, but don't get me wrong, it's not going to kill me, or make me stop dancing if I don't... But I'd just like to know.

How long does it take the average dancer to get good enough to go pro?

I'm sorry if this post didn't make sense, I'm tired. But yes, thanks in advance for any answers.

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You have to get a decent grounding in technique and develop enough strength to handle any "intensive", no matter what time of year. Richmond Ballet holds an adult SI for after you've got the thing down. It's impossible to say how long it will take you to gain proficiency, but we just can't say! There are too many variables involved.

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Maksimate, there is really no such thing as the "average dancer" :rolleyes: Seriously, everyone is different, and yes, there have been dancers in the profession who started at 17 or even later, especially males. It will depend on your natural facility for ballet, and on the quality and quantity of training that you receive. If you plan to start, do it NOW, as you are not getting any younger here! Don't wait any longer. Forget SI and get into a good beginning program where you will be taught the basics.

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Im curious, where are you going to be dancing? b/c we had a guy who looked about your age come in and register as a new dancer just recently! lol its probobly not you, but hey, it could be! I dance at the Russell School of Ballet. Anyway, I was a late starter and I am dancing in the company now, so good luck! give it alot of hard work and nothing is impossible, besides for males its easier i think b/c you dont have to go on pointe, so the early training is important , but not as critical as it is for girls. E-mail me if you need some ballet advice! :)



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Nope, wasn't me, I'm still in Hawaii right now. that's awesome that you dance in the company now! yay!


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Daniella64- I wanted to send you a PM, but I don't have enough posts. Mostly I just read the boards. I'm interested in what you say about the Russell School of Ballet. I'm looking to switch studios as I'm moving from NW DC to Arlington soon. I'm probably going to look into Arlington Center for Dance but would be interested to hear what you say about where you dance. Russell Ballet is in Fairfax, is that right? I'm an "older" dancer at 22 and probably around adv beg/int level. Do they have adult classes? What has been your experience there? I'm also interested in starting pointe (when i'm ready of course) and any performance opportunities there may be.

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