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Do you think I could start ballet at 13 years old, being a male?

Asked by _fonzo (67points) March 5th, 2010

It can be strange, but I want to start dancing ballet. Believe me, it’s going to be a task that MTV Made could take. I am a male, 13 years old, 1m and 70 something tall, and a normal weight. The current sport activity I do is just sports class, and I had swimming for a lot of years, but I stopped about two years ago. I didn’t talk even with my sports teacher yet, but I am confident she could help me. Can you give me some advice if I could become a dancer? :D (oh, and I am not that “elastic”)

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ucme's avatar

Absolutely, go for it.It’s all in the balls apparently,of your feet that is.

Steve_A's avatar

Yea why not? and seeing how it seems you want to do it because you want it, that will make it that much more rewarding.

I say go for it!

tragiclikebowie's avatar

You can do anything you want. If you want to try it, go for it. Ballet can be tough and grueling, and require a lot of practice though. Flexibility can come with training and exercise so don’t worry about that.

phil196662's avatar

Good time to get your flexibility for something you might love!

_fonzo's avatar

Thank you for helping, everyone! :D I’ll definitely try it, and thanks. :) I know how hard ballet can be, but I want to get focused on something, and ballet is something I always loved, from a very little age, when my newer brother danced. :D Thanks!

lilikoi's avatar

Yes – definitely.

hug_of_war's avatar

Ballet is challenging to pick up when you’re not that young and of average flexibility but not impossible

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Why couldn’t you? :)

gailcalled's avatar

Have you seen the movie, Billy Elliot?

The lead is a 12-year-old boy.

_fonzo's avatar

I’ve heard about that movie – actually, I heard about the Broadway musical, I think there’s one -, indeed. :D I’ll try and rent a copy on video club later. xD Thanks, @gailcalled ! :D

ucme's avatar

@_fonzo That movie was shot not a mile away from my home.Actually you can see my grandads house several times throughout.

Likeradar's avatar

Why the heck not? You might never be as good as someone who started very young, but who the hell cares about that if you love to do it?

wundayatta's avatar

I had the impression that boys usually started later than girls. It’s harder to recruit boys, I think, and after a while, the dancers get desperate.

Fenris's avatar

It’ll be hard to do if you’r epredisposed to bulk and barrel-chested body type, but sure, why the hell not.

john65pennington's avatar

Go for it. i would make sure i was in physical shape before i started. its easy to pull muscles in ballet, especially in the legs and ankles. if this is your dream, make it a reality. you will not be happy in life, unless you do.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Yes, go for it!

keobooks's avatar

My husband has a male friend who didn’t start studying ballet until he was in high school. He went professional and had a successful career throughout his 20s, in a travelling troupe. He recently retired from ballet at a little over 30 but he still could have continued—he just decided to try something different.

thriftymaid's avatar

Sure. Get started.

davidbetterman's avatar

Go for it. Nureyev started young, but didn’t actually get into a school until he was 17.

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