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    Sad To-the-point question...

    ...am I too old? I've been so excited ever since I made the commitment to follow the dream I had only previously toyed with to become a bellydance teacher, and thrilled that I've made some major breakthroughs in the past year, at the young age of 53. Yet lately, one iconic mentor in bellydance that many look up to retired just this year (and she's not THAT much older than me), and other respected names in the community are talking of their imminent retirement. One has said she doesn't want to do bellydance a disservice by continuing because she doesn't want to be "that dancer" who should have retired.

    This is discouraging. I didn't start classes until I was 46 because I was unaware that there WAS a bellydance community in my area until I was in my 40's. Did I wait until too late to learn how to teach? I may be 53, but other than having a temporary setback at the moment, I still feel young. Maybe my energy level isn't what it was when I was 5, but hey, I can still run, hop, skip and jump, and am in relatively good shape and health. How old is too old to teach?

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    Age has nothing to do with anything. I can sum it up in one word: Morocco.

    You go for it, Farasha. The only person who can hold you back is you.
    "Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn " if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you."

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    Thank you, Shan! *HUGS!!!*

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    I don't think age means anything if you want to become a teacher. I think you are showing a lot of commitment to learning and figuring things out, and you are really dedicated to dance... I think this is already a great start! Just to give you an example - we have a bellydance instructor who is more than 70 years old and she started teaching bellydance at age 58. She teaches regular classes where they mix bellydance, Spanish and rom dancing, and she runs bellydance classes for seniors. And those ladies rock! So you are a teenager compared to all that

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    Not a chance of you being too old to teach. One of the dance teachers in my region is about your age (or maybe a bit older, I'm not sure - no reason to bother about age as long as you love what you do), and I think she discovered the dance either in her late forties or early fifties. The last couple of years, she actually appears to be younger each time I see her perform. Dance is her source to youthness, but she dances with a maturity anyone below 30 should be envious of.

    Personally I prefer teaching to performing. I have done my share of restaurant gigs, corporate parties, birthday parties and henparties (a couple of times I got questioned about my age, because the customer didn't want the dancer to be too young!), but nowadays I just do a couple of festival or community performances with my group and fulfill my need to teach by teaching them new choregraphies once in a while and maybe giving a crashcourse to the occasional henparty.

    Go on and fullfill your dream, Farasha!
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    No, you're not too old. What is one person's retirement age is someone else's starting point. You've got the passion and dedication. Do this thing you want to do!

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    Agree with everyone here! And imagine how many women you will inspire and empower with your passion and energy! Cheering on you, Farasha!

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    Definitely don't retire! I had to retire due to my health but I was always planning to dance as long as I could, so for everybody else as long as you can dance and love it, go for it! Morocco comes to mind for me too She a great inspiration for everybody!

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    Thank you, I love you all so very much! *hugs!*

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    Go for it Farasha, I started teaching at 58, & only stopped last year (64) because there just wasn't enough students to keep going & I had quite a lot on my plate last year, so wouldn't have been able to keep classes rolling. If things settle down for me in the next 12 months I may look to teach a "seniors" class for a bit of fun
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