Is 19 too late to become a professional ballroom dancer?

Absolutely not!  It’s a great age to start training to become a professional ballroom dancer. As a matter of fact, in the ballroom industry, it’s considered to be a little on the young side.  I started at 20 with no previous dance experience. But now, before we get into the reasons that 19 or 20 is the ideal time to start your ballroom dance career, we have to answer this question…

Exactly what is a professional Latin and Ballroom dancer?

A ballroom dancer who gets paid to dance is a professional. It may be as a performer, but in ballroom dancing, especially in the States, you’ll almost certainly start out as a teacher.  For some suggestions on how you can become an instructor, check out this Dance Safari post, “How Can Adults Learn to Ballroom Dance Professionally?

To become an instructor, a professional Latin and Ballroom dancer must learn three things.

  • To begin with, he or she has to learn how to dance. As a result, the man will learn to lead and the lady will learn to follow.
  • Next will be discovering how to teach ballroom dancing. This involves learning to lead for the lady and learning to follow for the guy.
  • Finally, you’ve got to be taught how to sell dance lessons. It’s kind of important to be able to explain to your students why they should invest in your services. If you fail to do this, all your dance training will be for nothing because you won’t have anyone to teach.

What’s so good about a younger trainee?

As someone with a fresh face and pleasing personality, younger trainees will find it easier to get their foot in the door.

As recent graduates, 19-year-olds are basically considered to be professional students. Being introduced to the world of ballroom dancing is no different from learning any new subject. For this reason, their dance education will be smooth sailing.

Some of the best reasons to begin working towards the goal of becoming a ballroom dancer at the age of 19 are:

Excitement and Enthusiasm

It’s hard to put into words how lucky you are to be preparing for a career in ballroom dancing. Let’s face it, what 19-year-old wouldn’t want to sleep late and get paid to spend the workday dancing? In addition, there are competitions, shows, traveling around the world, and being a part of a glamorous lifestyle.

Enthusiasm for dancing comes easily to younger instructors. Furthermore, it’s contagious. A passionate teacher means an eager student. That’s a plus! Read here about how having lots of enthusiasm will change your life.

professional ballroom dancers are enthusiastic


Being young and bold is a terrific asset as you’re beginning an artistic career. I can remember starting as a student and transitioning into becoming a professional ballroom dancer. One day I was attending a Group class and next thing I knew, I was teaching it. You gotta have guts!


I am grateful to the people who helped me become successful in this industry. Starting with the studio owner, the dance directors, coaches, and instructors who taught me the ins-and-outs of dance technique, the supervisors and managers who showed me how to be successful in sales. And, most of all, my students. Obviously, without their support, my career would never have taken off. For that, I am very appreciative.

Follow your dream.

In conclusion, just because you didn’t start ballet at 3 doesn’t mean a career in dancing is out of reach at 19. Your desire to ‘cut a rug’ will come true as you train to become a professional ballroom dancer.

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