“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot
Do you love going to dance performances? Do you get sucked into a black hole of YouTube, clicking one dance video after another? Do you Google dance studios in the area but can’t muster up the courage to go take a class?
And do you find yourself thinking, “If only I started dancing earlier…”
For those of you who are wondering if you’re “too old” to start dancing – here’s a simple answer:
You’re not. You are never too old and it is never too late.
But if you want to know exactly why and exactly what you can do to start dancing…
Age really ain’t nothin’ but a number
Fun fact: Colonel Sanders founded KFC at the age of 62. If he had been like, “Man, I’m too old to open a restaurant,” and hung up his apron, we’d have no 12 PIECE ORIGINAL RECIPE WITH 3 SIDES AND 6 BISCUITS FOR DINNER.
What a shame that would’ve been.
Good thing Mr. Sanders, along with several other inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and dancers knew that age… age ain’t nothin’ but a number.
You can start to do whatever, whenever.
Sure, there are more “conventional” age ranges for certain things.. but like…
People start biking at 6 or 60 years old. People get married at 18 or 80. And age does not determine whether you enjoy or succeed in any of these cases.
You are allowed to choose and change your hobbies, careers, environment, lifestyle.. whenever you want.
Once you free yourself from those arbitrary and meaningless constructs, you can feel free to pursue dance at age 20, 45, 60…
Fear is your friend
A lot of us fear being judged. We fear not being able to keep up in a class. We fear.. just feeling old!
But these are good signs.
These are the exact reasons you should start dancing.
In “The War of Art,”, author Steven Pressfield talks about “Resistance” as the main culprit behind dreams unfollowed and passions abandoned.
We resist taking certain opportunities or risks in dance because we are afraid.
Take that baby step. Baby steps are what eventually turn into huge leaps and bounds.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb
Killers in the dance scene that give NO F%^!S about age
Like Colonel Sanders, there are many dancers that we’re glad did not let age stop them from doing what they love.
Yoshie is a locker who is also well versed in many other styles. She’s battled, performed, taught, and judged all over the world. She’s gained the respect and love of dancers and audiences through her talent, energy, and funk.
Yoshie is 42 years old.
Silver Classix Crew was a crowd favorite at Hip Hop Internationals this year! They got that old school flavah as well as a the integration of newer styles.
The team is comprised of senior dancers, ages 50- 75.
I find myself wondering if I’ll be able to get down like them when I’m 70 and realize – of course I can! We all can.
Also, I’m retiring in Atlanta and auditioning for Silver Classix.
Dance is a choice. A choice with no expiration date.
Whether you’re 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years old, it IS the right time to start. If you decide that it is.
So let’s start dancing!
Do you ever feel held back by your age in dance? What helps you get over that? Comment below and share with us!