I always admire women who start ballet later in life. For me, I was forced into it at a young age. Yes, I loved wearing my tights and tutu, but it wasn’t a decision I made myself. My parents— no, my mother made the decision for me. While ballet would become one of my greatest passions, for women who start late, they’re starting purely from the joy they get from dance.

Most of the time we think of girls who start ballet at 13 or up, as starting late. But what about women who start at 30 and up?

Starting Ballet at 30+: What You Need to Know

Ballet is not easy. If you have no history of any formal dance, it will be like learning a new language through movement. You’ll spend countless hours rediscovering your body and all the little muscles that make up your core and legs. You’ll even discover muscles you never knew existed!

But as an adult, you may also learn faster. Teachers are often impressed by the dedication and focus of adult students. There is something to be said about the maturity of the adult mind. You’ll be able to grasp a teacher’s instructions more easily, even if your body doesn’t have the control to execute the maneuvers.

Flexibility. Even if you do yoga on the regular, you’ll still find you’re not flexible enough for ballet. It’s crazy. I know. The good news is that the more you dance, the stronger and more flexible you’ll become.

Is it Possible to Get on Pointe at 30 years Old?

Short answer, yes. If your goal is to dance on pointe at 30, then kudos to you. You definitely have a long road ahead of you. You’ll need to begin by learning basic technique, strengthening your body to maintain correct form, and achieve the right level of flexibility.

If your goal is to get on pointe, then make sure to also find the right teacher. Finding an instructor who specializes in adult ballet training will be critical to hit your goals. Also, don’t be afraid to pay for personal lessons. They will pay off.

And remember the Three P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Practice.

Despite its challenges, learning ballet will be one of the most fulfilling and amazing experiences you’ll have. Just remember that you’ll need to be patient with yourself as you train your body, you’ll need to work through several challenges and frustrations along the way, and you’ll need to consistently practice if you want to progress in your skills.

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