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 Post subject: starting ballet
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:24 pm 
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what is the oldest age that you suggest that someone starts ballet?

ive wanted to for years but have never really had the money to, now people are saying and ive heard that it's too late to start... is this true? =(


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 Post subject: Re: starting ballet
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:30 pm 
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Hi lianne and welcome to CriticalDance. My dance teacher colleagues will respond to your query. But my two cents is that it's never too late to start, especially if we are talking about hobby ballet, rather than professional ballet.

<small>[ 01 June 2004, 05:31 PM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: starting ballet
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 3:35 am 
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It definitely is never too late to start ballet as a hobby as long as there is no medical reason why you can't. the main thing is to find a teacher that is serious about teaching adults who will give you the opportunity to progress. Visit a few classes first to see what appeals to you.

Have fun.


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 Post subject: Re: starting ballet
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:55 pm 
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I started at 30, and am not all that unusual.
There is a great website for latecomers to ballet located at http://www.adult-ballet.com

Good luck!


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 Post subject: Re: starting ballet
PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2004 12:04 am 
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An article on this theme from Japan:

Age no barrier to skiing, ballet for Japan's elderly
From Media Corps News


If you think that you're too old to learn new things, well, think again.

The elderly in Japan are certainly not letting age stop them from taking up new hobbies as a pastime.

....for those who want a more relaxing workout, they can join a ballet class.

The students in this course are mainly women aged between 40 and 70.

click for more


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 Post subject: Re: starting ballet
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2004 3:22 pm 
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Adults and adult classes can be some of the best. Dedicated, often trained already, and hard working. Each there for different reasons. Some to keep up technique, others to generally stay in shape and most all there for fun and to enjoy themselves and dancing. In the interest of full-disclosure, I must point out that once or twice in the history of the world, there have been a handful of adults who take class but never seem to get anywhere with it, or who might be taking it for the wrong reasons.

In anycase, no it's not too late, and when you do get to class, you will find yourself learning quite a lot, being challenged (this is a good thing!), and having fun. Hopefully, you'll be able to find the right combination of teacher and studio that's a fit for you!

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