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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.
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by kaori
7/11/2013  11:53:00 AM
i wonder if you already found a partner??? i am actually looking for a leader!!
Re: Am i too old at 22 to start dancing?
Posted by Voco
6/23/2015  12:53:00 AM
You said you have no experience in ballroom dancing. Try it first. You dont need a partner to get started. Find a good quality studio, take group lessons, if you still like it take private lessons and do pro-am competitions. If you still like it, find a partner at that point. You may be very talented and learn very fast especially as you know other dances. You probably have good balance, flexibility and posture, but what you are suggesting is equivalent to without getting your foot wet to set a goal as a swimming champion.
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