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heyfaduma

Can Someone Start dancing at 16?

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heyfaduma

I've always wanted to be a ballet dancer but my family could never afford it. Now that I can will I be able to become flexible enough to follow my childhood dreams or should I just give up?

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Victoria Leigh

Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, heyfaduma. :)  

It's never too late to begin the study of something you have always wanted to do!  It is a bit harder, as you will need to start at the beginning, which means finding a school that has either a Teen Beginning program, or a good Adult program. But they do exist, and it will just take some searching on your part to find the training. Don't just go to the nearest local dance school, but spend some time checking any and all schools in your area and visiting them to see the studios, meet the director and teachers, and watch some classes. If they have a performing company, it's a good time to see if they have a Spring Concert coming up. This would give you a chance to see the quality of their work on stage. Good luck!

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Balletribbons

Hii!! I started ballet less than a year ago at 16 as well.. Took a bit to adjust but never been happier since~ >< You can try looking up stuffs on the Internet to familiarise yourself with ballet first like how I did for years before finally starting. :P They helped tremendously to the point that my teacher asked if I've done ballet before! First few classes may be a mess, but it's never too late if you put your heart to it. All the best for you!! 

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notmypointe

What routine did you do when you were learning at home? I'm 16 and just starting ballet too so I'm curious 

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Victoria Leigh

You can learn a lot ABOUT ballet online, including here on this forum. However, it is not recommended to try to learn to DO it that way. Ballet needs to be learned in a studio and with a highly qualified teacher!  

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Balletribbons

At home I would usually just try to stretch more, do releves and stuff, and read LOADS online about ballet.. Those really helped me. I also watched ballet videos on youtube~

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Balletribbons

I really regretted not starting ballet when I was around 12.. Back then I thought it was too late, but it never actually is! Though earlier the better.. So don't push it back any further. >< Just never give up!! 

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