• Is there any point in starting ballet if I'm not flexible?

    Best answer: Flexibility is the byproduct of ballet training. You don’t need to be flexible to start. In ballet first comes strength and then flexibility. Everyone is born with differing degrees of flexibility. You may also have more naturally flexibility than you think you do if you haven’t ever used it. Recreational ballet... show more
    Best answer: Flexibility is the byproduct of ballet training. You don’t need to be flexible to start. In ballet first comes strength and then flexibility. Everyone is born with differing degrees of flexibility. You may also have more naturally flexibility than you think you do if you haven’t ever used it. Recreational ballet is for anyone of any age, shape or abilities.

    *Regarding regerugged’s answer. Misty Copeland took her first ballet class at age 13.

    Find an age appropriate beginner ballet class and get started. There are beginner classes for both teens and adults (not just younger kids) if you look for them. Look for a ballet focus school and stay away from completion dance schools.
    3 answers · 2 months ago
  • Does anyone slow dance at all anymore these days?

    My high school dances had a lot of classic rock and also a lot of slow songs, so I did a lot of slow dancing in high school. Coincidentally, in 2009, during my first visit to Fort Myers, Florida, I checked out a cool nightclub called the Ricochet. I went there on a Friday night and they were playing a lot of... show more
    My high school dances had a lot of classic rock and also a lot of slow songs, so I did a lot of slow dancing in high school. Coincidentally, in 2009, during my first visit to Fort Myers, Florida, I checked out a cool nightclub called the Ricochet. I went there on a Friday night and they were playing a lot of classic oldies, and also 2 slow songs in a row every 30 minutes. Then in 2012, I went and checked out Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral, and they were pretty much playing the same thing. But in 2013, the club had changed their entire song list and were playing pretty much nonstop country. At the same time, all the other clubs around Southwest Florida unfortunately have like literally not only completely phased out slow songs, but have also started playing a lot of hip hop and such. Even at the regular bars, when there were DJs playing and I was about to request a slow song, a lot of women tell me that they don't slow dance. And only maybe once in a blue moon now does Dixie Roadhouse play a slow song, and when they do, I see a lot of people standing on the sidelines while only maybe about 40 to 60 people or so actually slow dance on the dance floor. Has slow dancing really gone the way of the dinosaurs in this world? Because to me, it literally seems as though nobody especially of the younger generation slow dances anymore.
    2 answers · 2 months ago
  • What's the best waltz to dance to?

    8 answers · 2 months ago
  • My dance team leave me out and don't like me.?

    I've been dancing for two years. I'm not very good. Everyone on my dance team leave 4 or 5 of us out because we aren't good enough. My dance teacher excluded us from a competition. I went to another competiton with them a while ago. They kept saying things to us like "do u even know the... show more
    I've been dancing for two years. I'm not very good. Everyone on my dance team leave 4 or 5 of us out because we aren't good enough. My dance teacher excluded us from a competition. I went to another competiton with them a while ago. They kept saying things to us like "do u even know the dance?" And "can you actually get into the dance?" It made me so mad. They hate us. They wouldn't stop giving out to us for little things. They think they're all so good and better than everyone else. I just want to dance. I love it so much. It's the one activity I actually enjoy. They make me want to quit. I feel even more self conscious because of them. I don't feel like I'm good enough. If I quit there is no other good dance company in my town. So if I quit that's it forever. I need advice.
    6 answers · 2 months ago
  • Is it possible to lead someone with the right hand instead of left hand?

    I am a male and disabled. My arms are weaker than everyone else. My right arm is much more stronger then my left arm. I recently joined a swing dance club and I really enjoy it. I was told that the lead uses the left hand. Which for me is much more difficult than using my right hand. So is it possible to switch... show more
    I am a male and disabled. My arms are weaker than everyone else. My right arm is much more stronger then my left arm. I recently joined a swing dance club and I really enjoy it. I was told that the lead uses the left hand. Which for me is much more difficult than using my right hand. So is it possible to switch hands, using my right hand to lead instead of my left hand. Thanks
    5 answers · 2 months ago
  • Jw i'm transgender & I'd really love to start learning ballet but I don't even know where to to start or if I'll get rejected :c? Any help?

    Best answer: I know someone online who is transgender (male to female) who is taking ballet as an adult, and has gotten really quite good. If she can do it, you can do it as well. Find a dance school near you that offers adult ballet classes, and give them a call to sign up.
    Best answer: I know someone online who is transgender (male to female) who is taking ballet as an adult, and has gotten really quite good. If she can do it, you can do it as well. Find a dance school near you that offers adult ballet classes, and give them a call to sign up.
    4 answers · 2 months ago
  • I’m a horrible dancer?

    Best answer: Comparing yourself to others is not helpful. Instead compare yourself to you last week, last month, three months ago, six months ago, last year, from when you first started. Are you improving, even if it's not as fast as you want? If you are, then that's great, focus on that. If you are not, and you are... show more
    Best answer: Comparing yourself to others is not helpful. Instead compare yourself to you last week, last month, three months ago, six months ago, last year, from when you first started.

    Are you improving, even if it's not as fast as you want? If you are, then that's great, focus on that. If you are not, and you are practising a lot, then it sounds like you are not practising the right things.

    An example with pirouettes would be continually attempting pirouette, trying to bring all the technical points together, without first practising them separately. So it's no good trying to pop up to relevee en pasee and keep aligned and balanced while turning through a full turn if you can't pop up to relevee en pasee and balance without turning at all yet. You need to start from the most basic point and build on that gradually with control.

    Also figure out which attributes you most want to improve, like maybe strength, balance, musicality, coordination and work on those at home, separately from dancing.
    4 answers · 3 months ago
  • So I’m in a dance class at school, the teacher favourites 2 girls and it’s obvious.. it really gets to me.. is it worth swapping class?

    These girls get to do everything, do duets, coregraph dances for school productions, have there own dance at concerts with a small group, front and centre in every dance and always have there own small part and just the way she treats them.. it’s not just me that hates it but it really gets to me.
    These girls get to do everything, do duets, coregraph dances for school productions, have there own dance at concerts with a small group, front and centre in every dance and always have there own small part and just the way she treats them.. it’s not just me that hates it but it really gets to me.
    3 answers · 3 months ago
  • Where to learn square dancing?

    8 answers · 3 months ago
  • Do you think the contestants on So You Think You Can Dance are good dancers?

    Best answer: So, try out for SYTYCD. Put your feet where your mouth is.
    Best answer: So, try out for SYTYCD. Put your feet where your mouth is.
    4 answers · 3 months ago
  • Is 16 years old too late to start dancing ?

    Best answer: Recreational dance is for anyone of any age, shape or ability. The only thing you are too old for is a professional dance career. But most who start at age 7/8 when real training can begin also never reach the professional ranks. There are so few jobs in dance and many talented well trained dancers ready to take... show more
    Best answer: Recreational dance is for anyone of any age, shape or ability. The only thing you are too old for is a professional dance career. But most who start at age 7/8 when real training can begin also never reach the professional ranks. There are so few jobs in dance and many talented well trained dancers ready to take those jobs. Besides dance careers are over in a flash and then dancers need to find a second career for the remainder which is the bulk of their life.
    There is no reason you can’t do this. Find a teen or adult beginner class and get started. Stay away from competition dance schools. They don’t teach proper form but emphasize tricks instead.
    8 answers · 3 months ago
  • I want to be a dancer, but I don't have rhythm? :(?

    Best answer: If you can tap your feet and bob your head to the music, then you have rythym. What you lack is dance technique. You get that from taking dance classes with a qualified dance teacher. You wouldn’t expect being able to play an instrument without training. The same is true with dance. In this case your body is the... show more
    Best answer: If you can tap your feet and bob your head to the music, then you have rythym. What you lack is dance technique. You get that from taking dance classes with a qualified dance teacher. You wouldn’t expect being able to play an instrument without training. The same is true with dance. In this case your body is the instrument. You need to build the muscle and technique to have control over it. It doesn’t happen over night either. It takes time and work. Nobody us born with dance technique including those that are “naturals.” Naturals tend to be able to fake some of it and fool some uneducated people but lack real technique.
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Is 3 months enough to become a good dancer?

    I'm currently not a good dancer, but if I practice for 3 months, then could I become great?
    I'm currently not a good dancer, but if I practice for 3 months, then could I become great?
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Are you a dancer and do you do your own taxes?

    Best answer: No, I don’t do either.
    Best answer: No, I don’t do either.
    4 answers · 3 months ago
  • What ballet companies are the most open to different body types?

    Best answer: My daughter saw the Sacramento Ballet component perform Serenade last month. She did note how body shapes were very varied for the company members.
    Best answer: My daughter saw the Sacramento Ballet component perform Serenade last month. She did note how body shapes were very varied for the company members.
    5 answers · 4 months ago
  • How many hours should i dance?

    Best answer: If you want to reach your personal best, you take several ballet classes a week and hold off on contemporary or other dance. Ballet is where all your dance technique comes from. The only thing that makes a dance contemporary is the choreography as contemporary has no technique of its own. It uses ballet technique... show more
    Best answer: If you want to reach your personal best, you take several ballet classes a week and hold off on contemporary or other dance. Ballet is where all your dance technique comes from. The only thing that makes a dance contemporary is the choreography as contemporary has no technique of its own. It uses ballet technique along with modern dance techniques and the choreographers own dance vocabulary. The last thing you want to do as a beginner is to create muscle confusion when you are trying to build technique and muscle. That is why you concentrate exclusively on ballet.
    As a recreational dancer taking three standard 90 minute ballet classes a week is a good place to start. That being said that might not be available as there is often only one adult beginner ballet class in many recreational school. That class is often only 60 minute too. While a 60 minute class isn’t bad for a rank beginner you do need to up the amount of classes you take. Perhaps take some beginner ballet classes with younger students or better yet look to attend a ballet focus school where more ballet classes are available. Keep in mind that the better recreational dance schools won’t even allow contemporary, jazz or modern dance classes for students who have not had prior ballet training. A school that allows you to start with contemporary dance as a beginner is not going to be a school that will give you the best instruction.
    If you truly want to reach your personal best you will heed my advice. Whether or not you get “good” will depend on your own natural born gifts along with the quality and amount of classes you take. Most important is your natural gifts and the quality of your training. If either is sub par than training 20-30 hours a week like professional dancers in training do won’t turn you into a good dancer. Nothing should stop you from reaching your personal best if you approach this properly. While 3 ballet technique classes a week is a good place to start, you will eventually need to up that amount. It will take time to build enough stamina to be able to do this.
    3 answers · 4 months ago
  • How can I become a ballet dance professional as an adult ?

    Best answer: I’m sorry it’s just impossible. That ship has long sailed for you. Most ballet dancers are retired at a few years younger than your age. You have long aged out of serious professional level training. No school that would give you the required skills to get you a shot at a ballet career would even consider training... show more
    Best answer: I’m sorry it’s just impossible. That ship has long sailed for you. Most ballet dancers are retired at a few years younger than your age. You have long aged out of serious professional level training. No school that would give you the required skills to get you a shot at a ballet career would even consider training you. Mainly because it takes 10 years to “ make a leg” in ballet and at your age your body’s best years are behind not ahead of you.
    Most people have no real clue what it takes for a shot at a ballet career. Dancers on track for a ballet career must train full time in a professional school that screens them for being born with the right body, facility and musicality required for a ballet career. They also screen for age. These schools are almost exclusively affiliate feeder schools to a professional ballet company. Most professional schools won’t take an untrained female dancer over age 10. There has been the rare exception where some girls were born with so much natural gifts for ballet that they take them at the ripe old age of 12 or 13. Boys can and do start later as they have different requirements in ballet and don’t dance en pointe. Dancers on track for a ballet career often dorm at their ballet schools if they don’t live close and are either home schooled or take their academics as arraigned by their ballet schools. They do this so they can train 20-30 hours a week year round and graduate high school early to dance in the ballet. Training for the ballet is expected to be complete by age 16 when a dancer if lucky is asked to apprentice with a professional ballet company and then made corps de ballet about 6 months later. There are dancers born with all the right gifts who train full time in world class ballet schools from a young age who will never reach the professional ranks. There are so few jobs in ballet. Dancers are always being let go from professional companies to make room for the younger dancers coming up. Dance careers are for the young and are over in a flash. Then professional dancers need to find a second career for the remainder which is the bulk of their lives. Most retire before their 30th birthday. A very few “stars” stay on until as late as 40.

    That being said, where is it written you have to be paid to enjoy ballet? Ballet carrers don’t pay well and as I stated before they are over in a flash. Dance for the Joy of Dance and dance can always be a part of your life. Recreational dance is for anyone of any age, shape or abilities. You have found your passion so just Enjoy it.

    ***EDIT: I see after rereading you are talking more about teaching ballet than performing with a professional ballet company . Regarding teaching...you also have aged out of the training required for that too although anyone with little or poor training can technically call themselves a ballet teacher. I’m hoping you don’t really want to do that. You cannot teach what you really don’t know. Your age cuts you out of classes that would teach you what's required. The cost to you of full time training could not be recouped as scholarships aren’t being given to those over age 16. Even if you could get that training (which you can’t) that would get you well into your fourties and nobody hires a newbie ballet teacher at that age unless they have had a long and fruitful ballet career. Starting your own school without a name in professional ballet or years of building a following teaching at other schools isn’t likely to be successful.
    4 answers · 4 months ago