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Does 40 bump you from dance floor?
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Author:  Azlan [ Sat Jan 08, 2005 10:58 am ]
Post subject:  Does 40 bump you from dance floor?


Does 40 bump you from dance floor?

Deirdre McGruder
Contra Costa Times

I RECENTLY celebrated a big birthday -- 35 -- and with it came an equally big dilemma:

Is it time for me to stop dancing? <a href= target=_blank>more</a>

Author:  Michael Goldbarth [ Sat Jan 08, 2005 1:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Does 40 bump you from dance floor?

Forty years bumped you off the planet back in the mid 1800s! The average world lifespan now is 63. We in North America can expect to hang on to our late 70s and with a healthy lifestyle to our 80s. Dance alas is for the young. You are very fortunate to still be dancing ballet at 35. The body cannot endure all the complicated movements and maintain the endurance. Of course, you could always dance character roles assuming your company values older dancers as does the National Ballet of Canada. Of course, the odds of YOU still dancing depends upon your relationship with the company. Kimberly Glasco found out she was persona non grata and was fortunate to win a million dollar lawsuit from the National via an out of court settlement.

Like it or not, looks start to fade as you get holder. All that makeup plastered on your face year after year after year doesn’t help you maintain that youthful complexion either! Like it or not, fans want to see beautiful people on stage. As the clock ticks, beauty fades. Some companies operate on the Logan’s Run theory-meaning your career dies at 30. Only a few will go on to become directors, coaches, and choreographers. So if you’re an average dancer, basically you have to prepare for a new career while you’re dancing.

I used to be a writer but now I work in the financial industry on the customer service side mainly. I have friends who have had half a dozen careers. We are living in a world where CEOs exist for the sole purpose of eliminating jobs and cannibalizing companies for their shareholders and own benefit. We live in a sick world. All of us are dancing on quicksand in some form or another. At any moment, you have to be prepared to kiss your career goodbye. For a dancer, a tendon could snap. For others, a company could decide to relocate their operations to India to save on salaries.

Jenny Agutter, star of Logan’s Run, trained as a ballerina at the Elmhurst Ballet School. She certainly would inspire me to break the rules and live past 30! How about a ‘ballet’ remake of Logan’s Run starring Heather Ogden?

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<small>[ 08 January 2005, 07:53 PM: Message edited by: Michael Goldbarth ]</small>

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