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Readers Respond: At what age did you start ballet?

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At what age did you take your first ballet class? Maybe your parents enrolled you in a pre-ballet class when you were under five years old. Perhaps you didn't buy your first pair of ballet slippers until you were 9. Ballet is fun and rewarding at every age, but professional ballet dancers usually begin training at an early age. At what age did you start ballet?

Is it too late?

I'm 15 and I started thinking about ballet and was wondering if it's too late for me to start? I've always wanted to dance but never started!
—Guest Isabella

Too late?

i absolutely love love love the sport that is dance, however my family is very soccer centered. because I've done soccer since I was 5, im quite athletic and a quick learner, as well as flexible. I've been asking my mom but she thinks it would be too late, but I just want to do it for fun. I was just wondering if she was right, am I too old as a 13, 14 in a month, year old girl?
—Guest Alayna


I am 12 years old and i still haven't started ballet. I did ballet/pre-ballet when i was 3 until i was 6 or 7 but then i stopped so i don't remember anything. I have a friend who is a ballet dancer and she made me remember why i loved ballet when i was little so i am going to start soon. I have found i studio and everything and i know i can now i just need to enrol.
—Guest so sad

im 11years old

hi im 12 years old but i really want to dance ballet is it too late to start ballet ?
—Guest margarette

Age I started dancing

I started dancing at age 12. I am now 17 and have been invited to join numerous companies around the world.
—Guest Lizzie

Not too late!

I started ballet when I was 13. I'm now 16, and I take two ballet classes a week and one pointe class. I just started pointe this year and I love it. Sure, I'm a little behind the other girls my age, but it doesn't bother me. I'm happy to be where I am. It's definitely not too late. You can go far in just a few years!
—Guest Courtney

Haven't started :(

I have had obsession with ballet only for about a year now and wants sart but my dad thinks it'll ruin my feet and I have to pay for lessons (I have no money) and I've just had a leg operation so i have to wait a couple of months. And there are no good dance schools near me D:
—Guest Nicola

i still haven't...

since i was around five i wanted to dance. anything was fine by me, ballet, tap dancing, latin-american, anything. but i was very shy and none of my friends wanted to do it with me so i didn't. (i did pre-ballet at four/five though, but that was the end of it.) i regret it very much, i'm thirteen now and i can't dance at all and i have no coordination, but i still wanna try and i'm gonna do it now before i'm sitting on the couch at 30 all regretful thinking of what i could've done but didn't do because i thought i was too old. so you should definitely give it a try!
—Guest Claudia

dream is gone

i'm 20 and i wanted to play ballet since i was 4 but never started and it's too late
—Guest merna

i am 14

i want to do ballet so bad, i just want to know if im to old to start
—Guest erniebella

I'm 11 is it to late?

I already do contemporary dancing... I'm 11 and I would really like to join ballet and be a professional ballet dancer when I am older.... My friend is on Demi point and going onto pointe at the end of the year.... Would I be able to do just 1 class a week?
—Guest 11yearsofage

at 14/15

im starting ballet this year. it will be a ballet technique class to get me better in things like jazz and even tap. im usually a really shy and awkward person but when i dance (i do jazz, tap, hip hop and this year ballet technique) i feel so great and invincible! im really nervous and about taking ballet. i took it when is was 3-4-5 yrs old but then quit and went into jazz and tap... i havent done ballet in about 10 years!!! wow! (omg my first class is this week!!!!!) wish me luck! :)
—Guest dance99lilacviolet


I started ballet when I was 11. Now I am 13, I am on pointe. It is never to late to try something new!
—Guest Tessalyn

When I Started Ballet

I started ballet when I was 8, and all the other girls had all had much more experiance than me. But, within 1 years time, I was very, VERY good! I'm 11 now and I'm going on pointe soon. It's never too late to start ballet, as long as you're happy! Sorry for such a long review, but I just had to say SOMETHING :)
—Guest Guest Tori

never to old

I hate it when I see comments stating that 12 yrs old is to late if you want to dance pro, some of your top world dancers started when they were that age. It all depends on your passion,drive,love and dedication.
—Guest lildancer

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