Can I start dancing contemporary
at 16?

by Stephanie

I am 16 and I want to dance contemporary. I have never danced ballet, or modern dance; just a little of hip hop.
How can i start?? with ballet? please help me, I have no idea... and sorry for my bad english, I am latina.

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at 16?

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Dec 07, 2010
Answer from Maria
by: Maria Naranjo

Hi Stephanie,

YES! You can start dancing contemporary at 16.
You know what? Most of the pioneers of modern and contemporary dance started taking classes at that age or even later.

Nowadays, the practice has spread a lot and there are official schools where you need to be a child to be admitted. But that is the case of academic tuitions in which students are prepared for achieving skills that are acrobatic and highly refined.

You can also achieve that if you want, according to your conditions and the time you spend from now on to the practice.

If you take ballet classes, that will help you a lot. Ballet is a type of training that develops skills used when dancing contemporary. But, the study of ballet is not strictly necessary.

You can also look for schools that offer contemporary or modern dance classes. Try different teachers, if you have the possibility, to see which style fits your personality the best. And from there, off you go…

Browse over our page about contemporary dance schools if you haven´t found the places in your locality yet.

If you’re wishing to do this professionally, better look for a school with long term planning and official certifications. If you just want to give it a try or don’t want to engage much yet, an academy for amateurs might be enough.

Good luck with your start. Let us know how you go on and don’t hesitate to reply with more questions, if you have them.


Feb 08, 2012
Is it too late?
by: Andrea C.

Im 16 going on 17 tomorrow,i havent had any training with dance of any kind,but i would love to learn how to dance in contemporary and tango,its one of my passions,but where do i start??

Feb 09, 2012
Reply to Andrea C.
by: Maria

Dear Andrea,

There's already one thread in this section that answers your question. You will find it through the following link:

Contemporary dance for beginners

There's also a link in this same page, just above, within my answer to the first question of this thread. That link will take you to our directory of schools, where you can search for possible places to start taking your classes.

I can provide you with the information about contemporary dance, as that is the topic of my website. Unfortunately, I don't have much specific information about Tango classes yet, so you will need to continue searching in the web and offline for that type of dance.

I also recommend you to browse over the entire section about questions from beginners. You might find related information that can possibly help you and you can also share with others that are in the same moment as you are.

Good luck with your search!

Warm regards,


Apr 12, 2012
Is it too late to learn dance at 20?
by: Anonymous

hi... I’m 20 yrs old... and i love contemporary dance... I really want to pursue my career in dance but I have never learned any kind of dance forms before and my body is also not so called flexible though I’m slim and working on it since past 2 months.... is it too late to learn dance at this age....

Apr 12, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Hi there!

It is not too late to start dancing at 20 years old neither, but as with all careers, that also depends on your own general abilities for dancing and art. In any case, if you want to do this professionally, you will have to work hard.

Please read my answer to the first question of this thread, because it also applies to you. You will find it above, at the beginning of this page. And I'm also sure that the following two threads will be of help for you:

Is it too late to succeed professionally in the dance world?

Contemporay dance for beginners

Best dancing!


Feb 22, 2015
can i start dancing at 9

can i start dancing at 9 because I can't even do a cartwheel,splits and handstand
please help me

Feb 22, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Sure you can. That’s actually the best age to start.

But make yourself sure that the classes are for your age and level. That’s important. You should not take classes that are more advanced.


Apr 01, 2015
by: Dan

Hi! I am 16 and I want to start contemporary dancing in a few months. How long will it take me to become really flexible?

Apr 01, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Dan,

Flexibility is a physiological condition that can be improved, but it usually takes a long time.

Depending on your physiognomy, you may gain one or two centimeters per year on a muscle, if you practice daily.

Yet, enormous flexibility is not strictly necessary for contemporary dance, as it is for ballet, for example. That depends a lot on the aesthetical projects you work on.

Jul 08, 2015
Start comtemporary dance at 16?
by: Anonymous

Can I star contemporary dance at 16? I have done gymnadtics most of my life so I am really flexible and can do many acro. Also I've done modern dance, tap and jazz, but never ballet and I'm kinda worried.

Jul 10, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Hi there!

Yes, you can start at 16. If you want to know more, read the first reply I wrote above, at the beginning of this chat. It applies to your case.

; )

Aug 06, 2015
by: Anonymous

Hi ! My name is yousra, where i live there is no dance schools, i'm 16 and i really want to start dancing contemporary, please is there any chance to learn it from free sites ? Thanks

Aug 07, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Yousra,

Please visit the following page:

Free videos about contemporary dance technique

I don’t recommend you to study from videos, if you are a beginner, but if this is the only option you have, give it a try.

Just be careful and remember to warm up before trying to do difficult things.

Nov 15, 2015
hello xx
by: Anonymous

Hello xx
I am 12 and I have always loved dancing since u was 3 but I could never get classes as we were quite poor but now I can. I want to do modern,contemporary,ballet or acro but am I too old to become flexible? Xx

Nov 16, 2015
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Hi there!

Flexibility can be gained, whatever your age, but the process is slow.

Please read my reply at the following chat to understand better:

How to be more flexible


Feb 14, 2016
starting dance at 18 to get professional
by: 17

I am 18 years old and I started taking dance lessons for hip hop and contemporary at 16.I already knew bollywood pretty well.But I could not focus on dance in the past two years as much as I wanted to.Now that I am finally going to get free of my other commitments I am pretty sure that I can give a lot of attention to dance.If I start working really hard now,will I be able to be a professional? Both my teachers tell me that I have a lot of potential.I have also gained strength and sense of motion and balance.I am naturally very flexible (because of my hypermobility syndrome) and already have mastered my splits,oversplits, handstand,cartwheel,and most of the other basic and some intermediate stuff for contemporary and hip hop .But I am too afraid that starting so late and focusing on 2 dance forms at the same time is going to cost me a lot....but I want to dance professionaly very eagerly...please help..

Feb 15, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear 17,

It may take you a lot of work, yes. But you can only know where you’ll get if you try.

If you focus on learning one dance genre only, it may be easier indeed. Yet, you can start with both genres and depending on how things go, you may decide how to continue in the future.

Being a dancer is difficult, regardless of the age you start at. But if that’s what you love, what else are you going to do?

; )

Mar 01, 2016
should my daughter do ballet
by: Erin

My daughter has been dancing for 2 years now she does modern,acro and lyrical her posture and leaps aren't so strong should she take up ballet to improve her leaps and posture or will it improve later as she progresses

Mar 04, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Erin,

Ballet can be very helpful to improve the dancing skills needed for modern dance, acro and lyrical. It may help, if the class and method taken are appropriate for the level of the student. Yet, if the classes and method of your daughter’s current teachers are good, they will also make her improve her posture and leaps. It all depends a lot on the quality of the learning processes.

Warm regards.

Mar 05, 2016
Can I start dancing at 15?
by: Isabelle

I danced competitively for 5 years when I was young and learned technique and then quit to do cheer. I wish I would've kept going with dance because it's really my passion. But in worried I'm too late and I'll be behind everyone else because I won't have the same skills as everyone my age. I would like to work one on one with someone until I got caught up. I'm really determined. Would that be possible?

Mar 07, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Isabelle,

That may be possible, but you need to focus and work hard. Start the practice and keep trying for a good long period of time. Learning to dance is a long process and one needs to be patient.


Apr 23, 2016
Can I start raining at the age of nine
by: Sarah

Can I start dancing acro at the age of nine Because I want to learn how to do cartwheels hand stand split crab etc.... Please tell me

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