Learning ballet as an adult can be better than learning ballet as a child. Surprised? Read the following reasons why.
Many adults have regretted quitting their ballet classes when they were younger or that they’d wish they had taken ballet as a child. So, if you’re an adult who may think you’re too old to start, or that it’s too late – perhaps after reading this article, you’ll realize why it is actually a great time to start and enjoy ballet!
You are injury free. This is one of the best reasons to start ballet and enjoy it. If you’re like most adults in the workforce, most likely you’re in good shape meaning you haven’t worn out your knees, have tendonitis, torn hamstrings and complicated ankle, knee and back problems.
Okay, maybe problem with pain in the back is not unusual, but that can be fixed with good posture and a strong core that comes from learning ballet.
Many dancers who have started ballet since they were three find themselves coping with pain and injuries before they even turn professional! Torn hamstrings are common, as well as backaches. If you watch Youtube videos by aspiring ballet professionals, you’ll find young 16 year olds who are using ultra-sound devices and painkillers to cope with pain…so that they can continue to take class.
Why? It is a variety of reasons. Poor training, turning out from the knees instead of hips, muscle imbalance, and also due to the natural ‘wear and tear’ of the body. The sad thing is despite all that – only a few become professional. It doesn’t seem worth it, does it?
Even the professionals are not injury free.
We can take our time to learn ballet and you’ll be amazed actually how much you can progress!
You are mobile. Being an adult, we don’t have to rely on any one to take us to ballet class. We are free to choose where and when to take class, how often to take class and with whom! When you were a child or a teenager who hadn’t learned to drive yet, you were often limited by the commitments your parents had, and their schedules. Even if you did learn to drive, there is the issue of whether you had a vehicle that was available. The kind of classes you took and with whom were limited to where you live and how many viable options you had.
As an adult, all these issues are pretty much eliminated, or perhaps we can say we’re in greater control.
You are financially empowered. As adults, the greatest envy children and young teenagers have of us is that we have money. We have the ability to earn it and are pretty much in control of how to spend our hard earned cash.
Now that you’re an adult, you’re in greater capacity to afford ballet lessons…with no guilt.
When you pay for your own lessons, you might find yourself more motivated to learn and make it worthwhile – compared to a privileged young person who might take her classes for granted and see them as a chore.
Heck, you may even take private lessons and make up for all the time that you lost not learning ballet as a child. It doesn’t mean that people who took ballet as a child have more advantage than you. Sure, they will pick it up again faster, but even so, when they come back, they have to start again from ground zero, just like everyone else. Ballet has a way of escaping the body once it is not constantly trained. That is why professionals continue to take class everyday for the rest of their careers.
You learn quicker. Dedicated adults want to be there and have sacrificed their time, money, and make effort to take class consistently. Teachers are touched by their focus, hard work and devotion. They also tell me that adults grasp ballet concepts much faster – for some, immediately or in a couple of weeks, which would normally take years for a young child to learn.
The adult brain is more mature and capable of conceptualizing or using imagery to comprehend. It is more likely that the body control needs to be refined – which takes time – rather than because you didn’t understand what the teacher is getting at.
You might have a longer dance life. You’re injury-free, financially capable, mobile and in control of your life and now you have picked up ballet with a passion. Ballet is your thing to do in the evenings and on the weekends. As a result, you’ve found a good teacher, made some ballet friends and thus ballet is integrated into your life and you intend to keep it that way for a long time, if not, for the rest of your life.You might end up dancing far longer than you would if you started dancing as a child.