Career Development Plan - Late Beginner

by Magy

Career Development Plan - Late Beginner

Hi Odette, Please answer my question. I'm 14 years old girl, I really love ballet dancing and i told my family they told me "you are too old". But when i search the internet some say it is too old for professional dancer and some go for it, I'm so confused, I'm quite flexible but I cant do the splits yet and I'm scared to do it.
oh and something else when i searched the internet i found that natalie makrove started ballet at 13 years old and vanessa sah started at college. So Is it truly late for professional or i could do it BUT not a professional ??? and one more question is it ok if i practice at home???? THanks for reading my question...


Reply by Odette
To:- Career Development Plan - Late Beginner

Hello Magy,

Thank you for contacting me it is a pleasure to hear from you. I understand that you have never done ballet dancing before? In terms of a hobby, it is never too late to begin ballet. Even many adults enjoy taking ballet class for enjoyment and a releasing form of exercise.

At your young age, there are still plenty of opportunities and performances available if you find a local dance school.

To become a professional dancer is a different matter, as there are more factors you have to take into consideration if you want to become a professional. Such as, where can you train? Can your family support you? Do you have the right physical fitness? These are all questions you have to ask yourself if you want to become a professional.

It is true that many dancers have started at a later age and still pursued a professional career, yet it highly depends on the individual circumstances. It is possible to start at 14 if you have the right opportunities. For example, if you got accepted into a vocational dance school it would give you the training you need to become a professional. You need excellent teaching and a lot of support to become a dancer.

If you are a beginner, I would not recommend you practising too much at home without your teacher's guidance. Once you understand the technique of ballet, of course it is fine to practice your corrections or exercises. But I would advise you to have proper ballet classes first.

Best Wishes, Odette

ps. To become the best dancer you can be, learn the Seven Secrets ..... go to my 'Seven Secrets of Ballet' page

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