Starting Classes for an Older Dancer

Late to the party? Or right on time!

Loads of people believe dance classes are meant for little kids, but we’d like to disagree. Bluffton School of Dance believes dance is for EVERYONE! That’s right – there is no expiration to your dance training. Whether you suddenly have an itch to move or you’re jumping back into dance classes, age is just a number. If you’re looking for teen dance classes in Bluffton, we have you covered!

Martha Graham, Rudolf Nureyev, and José Limón ALL started dance at a more mature age. The fabulous Misty Copeland started dance at the age of 13. She went on to become the FIRST African American woman Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Don’t let the thought of starting something new prevent you from experiencing greatness. It’s never too late to begin, and we’re here to help!

Our blog post today, offers guidance and inspiration to those pre-teen and teen movers looking to start dance classes. You haven’t missed the train, you’re right on time!

Tips to starting dance as an older student!

1.Pas de bou-what?!

Dance has a unique vocabulary specific to the genre and class you’re studying. DON’T BE ALARMED! Like any new language, it takes time to learn the vocabulary. These steps are always demonstrated in class by your teacher, so use your eyes and let the words slowly sink in.

2. Playing catchup

Don’t let the fear of starting something new hold you back. Use that motivation and passion for dance to your benefit. By putting in the time and focus, you’ll excel at a faster rate than a younger dancer because of your drive and work ethic.

3. Practice makes permanent

Practice for muscle memory and coordination but most importantly STRETCH AT HOME! Through repetition and consistency, your body will learn and adapt to this new activity.

4. Know your why

The vocabulary and technique might seem daunting at first but never forget why you want to do it in the first place. Dancing isn’t just about the steps, it’s about the feeling of the movement for you and those watching you move. Let your passion move you!

Best Teen Dance Classes in Bluffton!

Our Lime Green Family has TONS of little one’s wiggling around the studio but did you know we have Open Classes for our pre-teens, teens, and adults? Our open dance classes are for students in 8th-12th grade (9-12 years old) and adult dance students. We run 6-week sessions to accommodate busy teens and working adults in our Open Classes. We just LOVE helping our students continue their training, rediscover a passion for dance, OR take up a new hobby! Enrollment is still open in most classes, so come check out the best teen dance classes in Bluffton. 

Remember that dance is for everyone no matter what age or ability level. So get in the studio and give it a try, we know you will love dancing with us!