Re: Is 49 years old too old to pursue ballroom dan Posted by ladydance 3/12/2012 6:33:00 PM
49 is definately not too old. We just had a 71 year old man sign up for lessons at our studio. Our oldest student is 89 years old. As the others have said, you can't learn from a video and samba is one of the hardest latin dances to learn. Check out your local school boards or colleges for inexpensive group lessons. Independent studios often offer group lessons at a very good price. Private lessons are not necessary and can be quite expensive. You need to try dancing with a partner. Almost everyone can do the steps by themselves, the real challenge comes when you are connected to someone and trying to follow their lead. You say you would love to find a partner, well, you won't if you are dancing in your livingroom watching a video. So take some group lessons and then find some dance parties and dance as much as you physically can. Dancing is a social activity first and foremost. I started dancing when I was 47. I am now 56. I teach, compete and take 2 -3 hours of lessons a week plus I dance socially as much as I can. I am lucky to have a husband to dance with and he is (almost) as serious as I am about it. I have met wonderful people and plan on dancing until I die.