How long does it take to become a good contemporary dancer?

by Nikaj Lado
(Nampa, Idaho)

Okay so I have one year to learn contemporary, I feel like I can do it after I am flexible, because I learn quickly. How long does it take to become a good contemporary dancer?

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Jul 12, 2012
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Dear Nikaj,

The time to become a good contemporary dancer depends on several things like:

- Your own physiological and physical conditions

- Your learning skills

- Your previous knowledge or experience with movement or other types of dance

- The training method and frequency with which you study

- Your psychological maturity

For example, if you are an eighteen years old experienced ballet dancer, you might become very good at contemporary dance in two or three years with a very frequent training.

If you are an absolute beginner at any type of dance, it may take you eight years of very frequent training (at least four times a week, six times ideally) to become a very good contemporary dancer.

However, remember that contemporary dance is not reduced to just acrobatic or physical skills. Contemporary dance is also about intelligent ideas, ethic values, creativity, social and political experience and other issues.

So, flexibility, force, coordination, expressivity and other common dancing skills are just one part of what you would need to learn. There's a whole universe of thought and feeling to discover when practicing contemporary dance. That's why I say it may take you eight years at least if you are just starting.

Still, professional contemporary dancers usually consider themselves as within a continuous learning process. Contemporary dance is the reflection of the dancers' desires and it evolves together with them. So, there are always new things to learn or discover.

I tell you that, just to make you aware of the fact that the learning time is not so important in contemporary dance. More important than that is the PROCESS of learning and the constant experience it offers to you and your life.

So, if you want to join in, just do it. Every dancing second counts as a vital experience, just at the moment it happens.

Give it a try and you'll see!

I wish you a lot of fun.


Mar 02, 2016
Beginner HELP
by: Taylor

I have been thinking about learning contemporary dancing but I'm only 10. I have had no practise except I do a bit of Irish dance. I'm worried my flexibility will hold me back I am rubies at does gymnastics and flexible stuff. It takes lots of time to become a really good dancer but I feel like it will take me longer than others, I'm tall for my age and I do running and many other sports. I have so many hobbies I'm worried I will lose time to dance plz help

Mar 02, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Taylor,

You are at a very good age to start, so don’t worry about that. If you want to be a dancer of a professional level, it is better that you focus on dance as your main activity. Using a lot of time in many hobbies and other activities may make your learning process slower, indeed.

Apr 09, 2016
Is my age bad ?
by: Tia

I'm a 14 year old girl and love watching people dance and I have always wanted to start contemporary dance lessons but I'm worried as I'm not very flexible and that I'm too old to start I have only taken street dance lessons before so I have no experience with contemporary any tips ?

Apr 11, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Hello Tia,

My tip for you is to read my replies at the following chats:

Is is too late for me to succeed professionally in the dance world?

Can I start dancing at 16?

Warm regards,


Jun 22, 2016
Dancing for a few years but nothing's changed
by: Jada

So I'm 14 turning 15 and I started dancing when I was 11(very late to people I know) and it was with my church company and they had good teachers and by my second year I was in company. But I didn't feel like I was getting more from the classes. Now that I'm in high school and my schools a performing arts school and I see the girls that are in higher levers of dance that are so good and they've danced since they were like 2 but they were just babies so no real dance skills could have came until they were like 10 or so, right? So I'm just asking how long will it take for me to get to a good level? Because these girls are taking master classes at 15 and doing auditions for like New York and stuff.

Jun 22, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Jada,

Please scroll up, and read my first reply in this same chat. That's the answer.


Aug 28, 2016

I am a 17 year old girl and I am a very good Bharathanatyam dancer( Indian classical dance) I have been learning Bharathanatyam since 13 years now I wanna learn contemporary and also do a decent course !!! Am I on the right track ??? Is it possible for me to become a good contemporary dancer and if so in how much time

Sep 05, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Gowri,

Yes, it is possible, but everything depends on your own conditions and learning circumstances. If you want to do it, you have to go on and try to see what happens.

Dec 13, 2016
I want to be a trainee in Korea
by: Kasandra

Hi maria, im 13 turning 14 this march. I want to be trainee in Korea before I turn 15 years old. But the problem is I cant audition there because Im just a beginner. I want to tale classes. But theres no studios near me. If I take online classes, i have no paypal nor credit card. I watched videos always and I always stretching every morning. But still Im notgood at dancing. This coming week my grandma will stay here so I dont have place to practice. Can u give me somr advice? 💔

Apr 04, 2017
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Kasandra,

If you can not practice at home, put a pair of snickers on and go practicing to a park, a public stage, a football field or wherever there’s enough space. A dancer can´t stop practicing. If you really want to be a professional dancer, you should move to a city where you can study in a serious way, at a formal dancing school. If you can not afford that, continue searching in the web and follow the online classes available. Yet, that is not as good as attending an offline school.

Warm regards.

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