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Teenagers Starting Dance

If you are a teenager who is curious about starting dance class: no, it’s not too late! Although many serious pre-professional dance programs encourage training to start in the earlier childhood years, there are plenty of dance classes out there for teens who want to give dancing a try.

Teens in Dance

Whether the goal is to have fun learning the latest hip hop moves, or to become an aspiring classical dancer, the first step is to research all of the local dance studios to see which will be the best fit for you.

Visit the studio website to view class offerings, photos, teacher biographies, and get a general feel for the school. Once you find several studios you are like, give the school a call to learn more. Tell them the reasons you’d like to start dance and see what type of classes they suggest. If you are looking for fun and recreation, or want to catch up in ballet class as quickly as possible, make your intentions clear.

The most important step is scheduling a visit to observe or take part in a class. Talk with other teens at the school to find out why they like their class.

Once you find the right class for you, you’ll be on your way to enjoying all the wonderful benefits dance has to offer. Because some dancers may have started at a younger age, be patient with your progress and don’t compare yourself to others. With some time and practice, you’ll be dancing to your heart’s desire in no time.

Did you know there are quite a few professional dancers who didn’t get a start until they were in their teens? Soloists such as Misty Copeland  of ABT, Darcey Bussell of The Royal Ballet, and David Hallberg of ABT, all began serious training at the age of 13. Beginning at this age for a professional career takes a bit of talent combined with a great deal of hard work, dedication, and specialized training. But there are many dancers across many disciplines that got a start later in life.

Are you a dancer who started dancing in your teen years? Share your story with other dancers here!

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About Kristen

Kristen Padden has more than 20 years experience working as a dance choreographer, educator, and performer. She received a BA in Dance from Point Park University and enjoyed a professional career in New York City following college. "The art of dance is a wonderful form of creative expression and I love sharing that with students of all ages." Kristen also enjoys writing, especially about her favorite subject ... dance!

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