Do I need to be flexible to do contemporary dancing and do I need skills in Ballet ?

by Valerie
(California,)

Hi Im 12 years old, and I was wondering if I could start contemporary dancing but I have no skills in Ballet or what so ever. Is this even possible ?, Im not flexible either but i really want to try contemporary dancing. Could you tell me whats the chance of me becoming a dancer :(.

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Apr 13, 2016
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Dear Valerie,

Flexibility is important in contemporary dance, but if you are not very flexible, that doesn’t mean that you can’t dance. Contemporary dance is a very heterogeneous art and you never know what will be the needs of the choreographies that you will perform. Also, you will gain and develop your flexibility with the practice.

You don’t need ballet skills as a mandatory issue, neither. Though, studying ballet may help you develop skills that you can use to do contemporary dance. I recommend you to read my replies at the following chats to know more about these topics:

How to be more flexible

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

Can I start dancing at 16?

Warm regards

Jul 22, 2017
contemporary dance
by: Anonymous

I'm 15 years old, is it too late to start contemporary dance, I have a little ballet experience. My flexibility is ok, I can do splits.

Jul 24, 2017
Maria's reply
by: Maria

Hi there,

No, it’s not late. Please visit our page about FAQ (frequently asked questions) and read my explanation about the starting age there:

contemporary dance FAQ page

; )

Sep 29, 2017
Do I have to be flexible to do lyrical jazz and tap
by: Evie I'm 12

Hi I'm Evie I'm 12 years old

I have been dancing in my room ever since I could walk I've had a little bit of ballet and loads of hip hop I've never really had the courage to dance in front of people I don't even like dancing in front of my mum but this year I've decided to start dancing but I'm not that flexible do you have to be flexible to be a dancer? Do you have to be flexible to do certain turns? What dance studio do you recommend in the UK xx

Oct 08, 2017
i want to be a dancer
by: Anonymous

don't worry im not flexible either but i love to do dance but i want to dance like a dancer but i not flexible to be a dancer

Jan 17, 2018
Help me please
by: Anonymous

I want to dance. I got a scholarship to one of the top dance academies in England once. I am an eleven year old with no flexibility at all no skills and I am pretty chubby. Do I have any hope. I also have knee and ankle problems.

Jan 18, 2018
You can only know if you try
by: Maria

Hi there,

You may have options, but you can only know if you try. Start taking daily dance classes and watch the process for at least one or two years. Your teachers may help you know the answer.

;)

Jun 28, 2018
Follow your dreams NEW
by: Anonymous

I just have to say to all of you that it’s never to late. Maybe you can’t be the biggest professional dancer (and I know how much that hurts) but you can always dance.
If you love to dance, never stop doing it.
If you believe in yourself and work for it, maybe you can get some kind of job or an opportunity to dance or inspire other people at least even if your not the best dancer in the world.

I mean, I’m 15 years old and I’ve not danced for so long. I’ve never even tried balled (but I will bc it’s rly good to do if you want to dance) and my biggest dream is also to be a dancer (or a dance teacher actually).

There are so so few dance jobs and it’s so hard so maybe you can’t be a professional dancer, but you have to remember that there are smaller dancejobs that can be just as fun and meaningful!

But please, never stop doing what you love and never stop believing in yourself, then everything is possible! <3

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