Do you need to take ballet to do contemporary?

by Anonymous
(from NY)

Hi, I’m 12 years old and am thinking of taking contemporary dance next year. I was wondering…

A. Do you need to take ballet to do contemporary?
B. Can you begin contemporary that late?

Please respond!
Thank you!

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Mar 22, 2011
Answer from Maria
by: Maria

Hi dear,

Your question has already been posted by another one of our colleagues. So, I would like to invite you to read the answer in another page, seem that the e-mail you sent me doesn't work.

Though, before you go and see the complete answer, here's a quick reply for you:
A. No
B. Yes!

Here's the link for the full answer: Can I start dancing contemporary at 16?

Come back to visit us and follow the updates! And... next time, be sure of typing your e-mail address right, so that I can communicate directly with you if needed.



Jul 12, 2017
Starting Contemporary
by: Anonymous

Hi I am 12 years old and I want to start contemporary. Is it ok if I start it even if I have never ever started ballet? And is it okay if I start at 12 years old and isnt it too late? Thank you!

Jul 12, 2017
Yes, you can take contemporary dance classes without taking ballet
by: Maria

Hi there!

Yes, you can start taking contemporary dance classes if you have never done ballet. Just know that there are different styles of contemporary dance and your teacher may use tools from ballet or not. So, the answer is yes, in general, but you may need to reinforce your dancing skills with ballet lessons for some styles of contemporary dance.

To have a reply for your question about the age, please visit our page for FAQs (frequently asked questions about contemporary dance). You will find a long explanation there:

FAQs page

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