Ballet Dancers - Mature student Exams

by Jane
(UK)

Ballet Dancers - Mature student Exams






Hi Odette, I was never allowed to dance as a child. I am now going into my 40th year and have recently started ballet. I'm 5ft 11 will obviously now never be a dancer but really enjoy my ballet class. Do you think I would be able to achieve grade 8 ballet with lots of hard work or am I too old and will not be supple enough to have what it takes. I am fit and tap and run currently. Thank you.

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Reply by Odette
To:- Ballet Dancers - Mature student Exams

Hello,
Thank you for your message, it's great to hear from you. I'm really pleased you recently started ballet, it will be wonderful for you to fulfill this passion which started from a young age.

If it is possible within the classes you attend to be taught the syllabus of grades, then I don't see why you can't make this a goal of yours. If you are with good teachers and able to go to enough classes to get practice, then it could well be possible.

Remember though, it takes a lot of time to master the stability and precision for classical ballet, so it will be a long term goal if you want to take the exams. Some grades may require pointe work, so this is one factor to consider.

Mainly, I would discuss your thoughts with your teacher and see if she is able to support you. You always need a good guide and mentor to achieve something you really want.

If you are prepared for a lot of hard work and persistence, there is a great deal that is possible for your progression in ballet. It won't feel easy and at times you'll feel like quitting, but if you with it you will see the results.

Best wishes,
Odette

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