• 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.
    9 answers · 6 days 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?
    7 answers · 6 days ago
  • I want to be a dancer, but I don't have rhythm? :(?

    I have always loved music, dancing and singing. When I was younger I always dreamed of being a hit singer.. then my mom told me I had an awful voice and I should sell all the lyrics I wrote... I have since paid better attention to my range and stopped trying to be very good. I'm okay now. One of my biggest... show more
    I have always loved music, dancing and singing. When I was younger I always dreamed of being a hit singer.. then my mom told me I had an awful voice and I should sell all the lyrics I wrote... I have since paid better attention to my range and stopped trying to be very good. I'm okay now. One of my biggest passions is dancing. It helps me relieve stress and I absolutely love Just Dance. While in a college prep program we danced on the Wii and everyone kept asking "If you can't dance, then why are you so good on the Wii?" I can only do choreographed dance with a lot of practice. Free dancing is definitely awful. I want to learn to be better. The only rhythm I have is tapping my foot, bobbing my head and maybe a little two-step. Other than that I suck. Every time I listen to my favorite songs, I see me doing this amazing, high-energy choreography... then try to actually practice it at home and it's just a high-energy mess. I know I can do it. I have patience, motivation, and determination. Many people started off bad at things like singing and dancing then became amazing at them. I'm don't expect to be spectacular or perform. I just want to do what I love. My goal is to choreograph one dance to a song. Just to prove to myself I'm able. I need tips! I'm thinking of taking a dance class. But I know I'll need extra attention because I don't start off very good at all. Any ideas?
    6 answers · 6 days 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.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What ballet companies are the most open to different body types?

    Ex. Not being bone thin, shorter legs, bigger heads, less archy feet
    Ex. Not being bone thin, shorter legs, bigger heads, less archy feet
    5 answers · 3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks ago
  • Can't really do the splits anymore?

    I wanted to became more flexible and get my splits so I started stretching everyday for about more then 1 week (just simple leg stretches). Shortly, I got my splits and was fine doing the splits everyday after stretching. I think on the second week, I decided to do the splits against a wall, so my head would be... show more
    I wanted to became more flexible and get my splits so I started stretching everyday for about more then 1 week (just simple leg stretches). Shortly, I got my splits and was fine doing the splits everyday after stretching. I think on the second week, I decided to do the splits against a wall, so my head would be towards the ground and one leg would towards the ceiling. That definitely gave a deeper stretch, but shortly after that, my muscles were sore. So I let my muscles rest for about 2 weeks (sometimes stretching a little to see if they were still sore) and today I tried doing the splits. I can do it with my left leg in front, but the leg at the back is not straight. My right split can't touch the ground anymore, and my muscles on my right leg are still a bit sore? Also, when I did my leg stretches, my muscles were sore, but only a little but. Do I need to rest more? It's been 2 weeks and I kinda want to continue with the stretching...
    4 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Why is it taking so long for me to do the splits?

    Best answer: Kitty and Mint both gave you excellent advice. I just wanted to throw this little tidbit out there, I'm 40 and started dancing at 31. I didn't have my left split when I started. After about two years of just stretching in class and not really working for it, one day I just did it. If I can get the splits at... show more
    Best answer: Kitty and Mint both gave you excellent advice. I just wanted to throw this little tidbit out there, I'm 40 and started dancing at 31. I didn't have my left split when I started. After about two years of just stretching in class and not really working for it, one day I just did it. If I can get the splits at 33, you can get them at 17. Don't fret it can happen. Also don't rush it, rushing stretches causes injuries and then you will be in a worse spot than you are now. Don't give u hope, you can get them. And here are some other things you can do to work on them. Here are some stretches to help you work on your splits/flexibility.
    I do not suggest trying to do an over-split until you can do the splits. That would be like doing an aerial before you learned to do a cartwheel. Try not to bounce when stretching, try to keep your back straight and lean into the stretch nice and slow. You don’t want to rush a stretch, you may injury yourself and it’s not as beneficial in the long run.

    For the straddle--lay on your back with your butt against the wall. Extend your legs up the wall and then let them fall into the straddle stretch gravity will help pull your legs down (you can also pull down on them to get them farther. Hold as long as you can. Repeat a few times. Also when you are doing your normal stretching in the straddle position, right before you are done stretching, lean forward into the middle and then try to pull through the stretch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MhiIL6A... (watch around the 15 sec mark for what I’m referring to)
    Another one for the straddle is to sit on your butt facing the wall and try to get as close as you can to the wall and still be in the straddle position.
    For the other splits--lay on your back, bring a leg into your chest, hold a few seconds, then extend it. Grab your leg and try to pull it as close to you as you can and hold it, repeat a couple of times bending the knee and extending it. On the last extend, while holding your leg, roll over into the splits. Repeat on your other leg.
    These are partner and/or solo---stand against a wall, lift your leg, have your friend lift it as high as they can. And hold it as long as you can. Both knees should be straight. The goal is to touch the wall with your foot. Repeat with your other leg. Also remember to pull it to the side for a heel stretch.
    Next lay on your back on the ground and have your friend push your extended leg towards the ground. Same idea as the stretch above, but it works the muscles in a slightly different way since you are in a different position.
    Another stretch which will help your splits (and your arabesque penchee or scorpion). You will need to find a blank spot on a wall and grab a chair. Now facing away from the wall and holding onto the chair for support, take a leg and slide it up the wall like you are going into splits. Hold it for as long as possible then switch legs. Try to keep your legs straight. As you work the stretch move the chair closer to the wall until you are touching the wall in a vertical split.
    Next move into a doorway and work one leg up or down the frame depending on what you are trying to stretch. I just tried a few doorway stretches for the first time and I was able to put my foot against the door frame and got a completely vertical split in the needle (6’ oclock) position. This link is so you can see what position I’m talking about and since it’s a video it will help you too. http://youtu.be/GW0WFvX_dIw
    Another that helped me was to stand up and bend over like you were doing a standing pike stretch, then choose a leg and swing it up vertically as far as you can 7 times and on the eighth time hold the leg as high as you can (you will be in the needle or 6 o’clock position at this point) and then when you let the leg down try to get into the splits. Then repeat with the other leg.

    As long as you don’t rush and push yourself too fast, you can really make progress fast. Make sure that you really work both sides as evenly as you can. Don’t lose faith, I’m 40 and only got my left splits in my 30s and they could still be cleaner, it just takes time and you can do it.
    For a heel stretch or to do a pretty leg hold turn you need to be able to put your chest to your legs in the pike position. The closer you can get your body the better it will look.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Is it too late?

    I know everyone always says it’s never too late to do anything, but I want a real opinion and answer. Is it too late to learn how to dance at, for example, 15? Is it too late to learn how to act at 15? Just things like that, really. Is it?
    I know everyone always says it’s never too late to do anything, but I want a real opinion and answer. Is it too late to learn how to dance at, for example, 15? Is it too late to learn how to act at 15? Just things like that, really. Is it?
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Professional sports dancer?

    I auditioned to be a professional sports dancer. I’ve been dancing my entire life since I was 2. A friend of mine only started training in November. She trained in 3 different dance styles and I know she worked out a lot and worked on her flexibility. She made the team and I did not. I felt it was just because she... show more
    I auditioned to be a professional sports dancer. I’ve been dancing my entire life since I was 2. A friend of mine only started training in November. She trained in 3 different dance styles and I know she worked out a lot and worked on her flexibility. She made the team and I did not. I felt it was just because she is gorgeous. That is completely unfair. I don’t feel she deserved it versus other women who have been training at a young age! I want to take legal against the organization for unfair judging.
    6 answers · 1 month ago
  • Do all types of dancers get beat-up feet?

    I'm learning to clog (very similar to tap dancing, for those who don't know) and I'm wondering if that will result in the stereotypical dancer's feet, or if that's just something that happens to ballet dancers?
    I'm learning to clog (very similar to tap dancing, for those who don't know) and I'm wondering if that will result in the stereotypical dancer's feet, or if that's just something that happens to ballet dancers?
    3 answers · 1 month ago
  • I am a horrible dancer!?

    Best answer: Throughout life you're going to meet and see people who are better than you at certain things, and also some who are worse. That's just the way things are. With dancing, it seems to be largely a matter of the talent you're born with. Sometimes, no matter how much we want something and how hard we try... show more
    Best answer: Throughout life you're going to meet and see people who are better than you at certain things, and also some who are worse.
    That's just the way things are.
    With dancing, it seems to be largely a matter of the talent you're born with. Sometimes, no matter how much we want something and how hard we try and practise, we never get to be really good. Keep trying, get the best teacher you can, and work at it so you can at least become as good as you can.

    The important thing is to enjoy it and not compare yourself with anyone.
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • I am 14 years old and wondering if it's too late for me to take jazz dance classes?

    I would like to take classes with people my age that are beginners as well
    I would like to take classes with people my age that are beginners as well
    7 answers · 2 months ago
  • Can you twerk?

    Best answer: lol no omg
    Best answer: lol no omg
    9 answers · 2 months ago