As a dance studio, we get calls all the time from beginner dancers that want to start taking dance. Some of the beginner dancers are 2, and some are 17. The most common question we get is whether or not it is too early or late for the student to start dancing.
So when is the best time to start? Our best answer: Now! It is never too early, or too late to begin your dance training.
Dance class can start as early as 14 months. A 14 month old can begin to learn how to interact with others, how to interact with objects, and how to respond to music. They can also learn about different body parts, and the information they learn in the dance classroom can help to develop and improve their coordination. A 14 month – 2.5 year old may be learning in more of a “creative movement” type of setting, but they are still learning and grasping a wealth of information in the 30 – 45 minute class time.
It is truly NEVER too late to begin dancing. Just because you didn’t start in a kinder program doesn’t mean it’s too late for them to start picking up on the details of a technique. Misty Copeland, a soloist for American Ballet Theater, didn’t begin her dance training until the age of 13! As long as you attend class regularly, work hard in class, and set realistic goals, you will grow as a dancer. Our programs offer beginner level classes for younger students, ages 6-10, as well as beginner classes for ages 11 and up.
If you have always dreamed of joining a dance class but thought it was just too late, or if you were worried that it is too early for your student to begin dancing, know that there is nothing to be afraid of. The best time to start dancing is today!