Am I Too Old To Start Dancing?
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
A common misconception in the dance world is that if you don’t start dancing at a certain age then you will never be a good dancer. Another fallacy is that some people are just too old to dance.
Am I too old to dance?
You’ll find that most people that talk about dance will say that if you don’t start at a young age, you’ll never have a career in dance. This is all hot air that you don’t need to pay any heed to.
There are plenty of successful people who started dance at a later age, for example;
Richard Riaz Yoder who started dance when he was 17 and is now a dancer on Broadway, or Janette Manrara who started dancing at the age of 19 and was on ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’ Finally, Alice Klock started dancing at 11 who now dances with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
For some people that started dance from a very young age, dance became their life. Starting later means you already have a life and you’ve developed on your own away from dance. In some ways, this is a benefit for the people that start later because you can bring in a whole new perspective on dance and be inspired by your life outside of dance.
An interest in dance may not have been there from the start. However, as you have grown you may have found yourself drawn to dance. Just because your interest in dancing started later than others does not mean that you’ve missed your chance to be a good dancer. It just means that you have some catching up to do which is possible with a little determination and a lot of perseverance.
Some hot tips for starting dance at an older age:
Never compare yourself with others. As soon as you stop comparing and start focusing on yourself, you will improve so much more and learn from those around you rather than compete against them.
If you start dancing when you are older, be mindful of your body. You do not have the body of a young child so you must take care of it and make sure you don’t break or tear anything.
My biggest tip is to stay motivated and don’t lose hope. It is so easy to think that you’re never going to make it or you aren’t making enough progress but as long as you are staying on your path and doing what makes you happy, everything else will follow.
If you want to start dancing when you’re in your 50’s or your 70’s or any other age, you can! Places like Z Fit Studios are the perfect place to start because no one will judge you on your age or dancing ability.
Learn how to dance because it’s a great way to spend your time, learn how to dance because you saw what your child or grandchild was doing and thought you would like to give it a go.
I encourage you to sign up and give it a try because you are never too old to learn something new.
Never take learning how to dance off the table just because of your age. Dancing is an activity for all people to enjoy, no matter your age.
Remember, you are never too old to dance.
Currently, Z Fit Studios are offering a huge variety of dance classes.
For more information, visit our website.
Maddi is a 15-year-old student and instructor at Z Fit Studios. She has been a student at Z Fit Studios for 4 years and currently teaches K-Pop. Maddi loves photography, jazz, and Broadway theatre.
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