Hi Julia and welcome to CriticalDance. It's great to hear that dance means so much to you and gives you such a high. But, as citibob points out, a professional career in dance is very difficult for someone starting in their 20s.
You use the word "dance" which covers a wide range of techniques. The first thing to say is that, given that women ballet dancers usually join a company at age around 18 after up to 10 years of intensive training, there is, in my view, no prospect of you gaining employment in a ballet company.
Contemporary dancers tend to start their careers later, usually after a degree level course at a dance conservatoire. But, as you can see from this recent discussion, this is also a tough route to follow: http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=001787
The good news is that there are Beginners' level courses in contemporary dance. All of those below will have good evening classes and will give you a chance to develop the art form you love. When you have been taking class for a few months, you can discuss with your teachers whether a career in dance, either as a performer or a teacher could be a possibility: www.laban.org www.theplace.org.uk www.greenwichdance.org.uk/
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