Is it too late to take up dancing as a beginner when you have reached adulthood?

June 23, 2009 9:34am CST
I used to dance as a child but have not done any kind of dancing in about 15 years or so, but I have recently had the desire to begin dancing again. I am not very fit, but I'm hoping that taking up an activity such as dancing will improve my fitness & also my coordination. The style I am most interested in is tap dancing & a friend & I are planning on starting it up in the next few weeks. I'm just a little self-conscious about starting to learn something from scratch at a beginners level when I am in my mid twenties. What do you think?
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@skydancer (1982)
• United States
18 Jul 09
These were exactly my thoughts when I started dance. I thought I was just going to be disappointed that I started at a later age than others, yet still had professional aspirations. Luckily I was born to parents who had a bit oblivious to the dance profession's preconceived notions about age which certainly helped! More importantly, however, I found that with the right support system and the right mental focus, there is really no telling what you can do. The trick is NOT to go into dance with any fixed visions of how far you will or will not go. Instead, you're better off setting small, reasonable daily goals and breaking them down into smaller and less overwhelming steps. These add up quickly to more often than not form an admirable result. I now dance as an independent solo artist for several dance enterprises that I maintain myself. I only mention this because it proves that these "experts" in the business are wrong when they say that starting post-childhood lessens your potential for achievement, and only discourages other "late starters" from "raising the barre" to reach their own full potential. The more "late starters" whose stories prove age to be nothing more than a number and that how far you'll go starting at what age depends on the individual more than anything else, the faster this later age = less potential stereotype will be shattered. That said, your dance efforts should be applauded. Remember to celebrate your strengths, always work on improving your weaker areas, and don't ever compare yourself to another dancer, especially if they've been dancing longer than you have. That will only drag you down. It may be more difficult to learn such a physically demanding skill as dance when you're older rather than younger, but it has been done, and when this happens the victory is most sweet! To get started, I recommend that you focus primarily on having fun, doing your best, and enjoying yourself, and do whatever you can to free your mind about any distractions regarding your age. You'd be surprised how much this helps in learning any new dance skill. After that, if you choose to take it a step further, just keep fine tuning your skill... Best of luck! Take heart!
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
24 Oct 09
Way to state it sky dancer! Don't let the fact that you are over 20 stop you from doing anything you want to do, I didn't let it stop me at 20, 25, or 30 and today I just turned 35 and I am a better pole dancer than I ever was when I was younger and I am getting so much more out of it now than I did then. You have to find a dance form that moves you that challenges you both mind and body. Then go for it! And don't let what any hater has to say stop you from doing what you want to do!
• Philippines
17 Oct 09
it doesn't really matter.what is important is your interest in the dance.just because you didn't dance earlier means you can't learn to dance now.when you are genuinely interested in something,you will learn it easily and will not get tired of it.