Oh, how I wish I started ballroom dancing when I was a kid! Who knows what heights I could have reached, maybe I would be a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars right now. Maybe I would have travelled the world winning trophies to fill my bedroom.
I am constantly amazed by the talent I see in youth ballroom dancers today. I’ve been dancing for almost eight years now, but I can find videos on YouTube of 10 year old’s with better rumba walks than me. Ouch, but also awesome. Plus, if you are 10 you get the added benefit of your parents footing the bill for all the lessons, costumes, and competitions. Mmmm, that sounds nice…
But the reality is many of us get introduced to the world of ballroom dancing as adults and, thankfully, you are never too old to start dancing. Seriously, I know plenty of people who started taking lessons in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Your body may have more limitations, but you can still achieve some amazing things and have a fabulous time doing it.
Some adults are content just going to a group class once a week, while others are at the studio almost every night and love to travel the country competing. For those people who really get sucked into the world of ballroom, most of your non-dancing friends and co-workers won’t get it – wait, you’re skipping happy hour because you have dance? Your dance competitions cost HOW much?
And when you tell co-workers that you dance, what do you call it? A hobby? To me, “hobby” doesn’t sound big enough to encompass all the hours, passion and drive you put into it. Do people really spend 6+ hours a week on a “hobby”? Do they get blisters and sore muscles for a “hobby”? Unless your friends pick it up themselves they can’t fully know the joy you find in dancing. The hunger you have to learn more and improve. The euphoria of standing on the podium winning first place after months or even years of hard work. Side note: years of hard work, what a concept in a world that is all about instant gratification.
There is so much I could say about picking up dance as an adult, but I think I’ll save some for a future post. In summary:
- You are never too old to pick up ballroom dance
- Although you may wish you started as a kid, you can still achieve amazing things with your dancing if you put your mind to it
- Your non-dancing friends may not get it, but that’s ok, that’s what dance friends are for ❤