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Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by iloveslavik21
5/9/2011  4:56:00 AM
Ive danced pretty much my whole life, tap, jazz, hip hop. My biggest dream in life is to become a world champion ballroom/latin dancer dancing has been apart of my life forever but i have no experiance in ballroom dancing, is it too late to start now? is there any point in trying to reach my goal/dream?
I am absolutly prepared to do whatever it takes wether its going to 4 different dance classes i will do whatever! How do you find a dance partner? anyone got any tips on where i should start/do
thank you all so much x
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by terence2
5/9/2011  8:45:00 AM
The comp scene is dominated by most who began their careers much younger.. but.. that should NOT stop you from making an attempt.

You obviously need a partner, and most schools have contacts for singles .

You first need to enrol in a recognised studio and make your wishes known.

Keep us posted.. good luck
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by ynot4u
5/14/2011  11:05:00 AM
Ha! Ha!... i'm 78 and did my first competition in February this year...
Go for it...
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Ladydance
5/11/2011  5:57:00 AM
Too old to start dancing at 22? No, but you are too old to start now and become a world champion. Most champions started as children. Although you have been dancing "most of your life", everything you have done has been without a partner. If you watch 'So you think you can dance', you will know that the best hip hop, jazz etc. dancers struggle with learning to partner effectively. At 22, you will be starting all over again. Just because you can dance several other styles does not mean you can dance ballroom. Ballroom/latin has it's own special skill sets and strict rules for technique, footwork, etc. I doubt you will find a partner to go to the championship level with at your age. Anyone who wants to achieve that level has been dancing for years and will not start over again with a beginner. And you will be a beginner, believe me.
I don't want to discourage you but setting your sights on a world championship is unrealistic.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by belleofyourball
5/12/2011  4:25:00 PM
It really kind of depends on what you mean by world champion and in what arena.

If you are looking at being Slavik's next partner and winning Black Pool...well that is going to be difficult. It seems that the European Comps which I consider to be much more prestigious than the US comps are as political as they are about raw talent.

You have to pay your dues so to speak and it really can take years to be a good dancer. That can put you toward your late 20's before you are worthy to be on the floor with the best of the best and then into your early 30's before anyone will even pretend to acknowledge you no matter how good you are. On your side....youth, and lots of experience and all your work in the other dances is going to cut some of the learning curve out of your work.

If you are talking US comps then you'll fare better, In My Opinion. But being a World Champ isn't all there is in dance. There is a lot in between and tons of fun and good experiences. Don't let your age stop you. Get out there and learn and have fun...

Good luck!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Anonymous
5/25/2011  5:25:00 AM
ilovesavic21. If you could be ranked in the top 100 in the world in either of the Amateur International styles, you would be classed as a first class dancer. To reach that high would be quite remarkable.
As written by Ladydance. Setting your sights on a world championship is unrealistic .
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by quickstep7
5/25/2011  10:37:00 AM
I agree. To set your sights on a world championship is unrealistic. I have been dancing for 20 years and am only just beginning to be recognised as a champion and choreographer in my area. I dream of being world reknowned....
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by silver
6/30/2011  11:00:00 AM
Your goal could be attained. When I was in high school in the late 70s, I competed in wrestling, and I was real good. One year, a young man came into the local scene who had never competed before, and he was phenomenal! He was born for it. Upon graduation, like many of my peers, I was already physically beat up from years of near brutal training. The young man I mention went on to be one of the world's best ever. He won Olympic gold, etc. His name is Mark Schultz. He moved fluidly. Watching him was akin to watching a very graceful dancer. And he got a late start.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Shanina
6/30/2011  2:10:00 AM
If you really like it, then just go for it, later in life you don't wanna regret over the things you didn't do. There's always a room for you to be great. However, you need to be aware of the upcoming challenges you might encounter along the way. You have to make sacrifices (grueling dance hours, no social life etc) and you need to be a thick-skinned person because believe me, a lot of people will think it's impossible. But don't worry, if you read stories from some of the most amazing people in the world, they started with people telling them that their dreams were unrealistic. Just keep working on it & who knows you will surprise us in the future by proving to the world that you can turn the impossible to become possible ;)
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by nikojharding
7/6/2011  2:03:00 PM
It's never too late to start dancing, but you would seriously be at a huge disadvantage compared to everyone else that's already been dancing. Also you have to remember there's only one world champion in, so that will take a lot of work. Just remember dancing isn't just for the competition it's for the amazing fun and entertainment in it too!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Suzaibe
7/19/2011  11:51:00 PM
No.. I 21 And im just starting with my dance lessons 1 month ago .. is never too late if you really wanna make your dreams come tru .. and .. forget whatever the other people will say about it .. just always remember when you are dancing .. enjoy and feel it is nt only the technic . :) good luck friend!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by quickstep7
7/21/2011  4:50:00 AM
I think the point was it may a bit unrealistic to set sights on becoming a world champion at that age. There is never a correct age to start dancing! And 22 is still young!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by anymouse
7/21/2011  1:04:00 PM
"I think the point was it may a bit unrealistic to set sights on becoming a world champion at that age. There is never a correct age to start dancing! And 22 is still young!"

There is an over-35 amateur world title, and someone who starts training at age 22 might be about ideally positioned to try to win that soon after becoming eligible. They would have enough time to fully develop, but might be a less likely than someone who competed from childhood to turn pro or retire before reaching that age.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by tango Queen
7/22/2011  6:10:00 AM
you are not too old to start dancing i started very late in life and love it more than anything .I have done some competitions in the pro am division and recommend it to all ages. For inspiration try reading Dance With Me by Barbara Elaine Boddy available at Amazon. I think you will see after reading it you can do anything if you want it enough. Good luck
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Fostjak
7/24/2011  4:23:00 AM
I don't know for sure(i cant find out anywhere), but I heard that Maxim Kozhevnikov was a young adult when he started(I heard 20 I think). He went on to be in the world pro final. Ether way, there are a few world champions that have had a late start, and tons of couples that have had remarkable improvements in short time periods. I am not sure exactly how old Jonathan Wilkins was when he retired(ballroom dancers are not always open about things like age), but I think it was early forties. Really I would like to say that age doesn't matter but even at your age it's hard to say it's impossible. Can anyone really say that twenty years is not enough time to become a world champion?
The thing is, reviewing past world champions views, most of them didn't set out to be a world champion. It's about wanting to become skillful. If you want to be an awesome ballroom dancer, go and become awesome. Achieving the skill is success. The result is external. There are so many reasons why seeking becoming a champion doesn't make sense. If you live by the judges mark then your life is theirs, not your own. You don't have to be good to be a "winner". You only have to be "better" than everyone else. And if that is what you seek then again your life is not your own, it belongs to those who you desire to conquer. You don't want to HAVE to practice to be better than others. You should want to practice because you love dancing.
If you do decide that ballroom dancing is something that you want to pursue in your life the most important thing you need is a mentor, a coach. Not someone who just gives you lessons but someone who teaches you how to pursue ballroom; what competitions to dance, what lessons to take, what you can do to have a good relationship with your partner. This process can take a lifetime if you are wandering about. It takes careful guidance to learn these skills. Don't become discouraged. You will become great if you desire. Good luck on the journey and don't forget to keep the desire alive.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by quickstep7
7/25/2011  4:56:00 AM
I completely agree with everything you have written Fostjak.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Dancer4now
5/6/2012  3:14:00 PM
Heck no. I took a basic ballroom class earlier this year- you'll be fine! Don't listen to these mean dancers- just go for it!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by theAnnelis
5/7/2012  5:19:00 PM
All I have to say is that Corky Ballas started dancing ballroom at 22.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by waynelee
5/8/2012  6:57:00 AM
Jesse DeSoto started ballroom dancing at 19 and has many titles to his name plus a couple of world titles. Also, he was on the second season of Dancing With The Stars.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by ballroomchick
5/8/2012  9:54:00 AM
Finding a partner who is dedicated to this high goal is hard. I would say while you are searching go up through the Pro/Am ranks. This way you can kill 2 birds with one stone. You will get known AND you can scope out a potential partner. Nothing is impossible if your money and body can hold out.
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