When I started ballet as an adult over 40 at Galway Dance Centre in 2017, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My fear was that it would be a bunch of teenagers who had been dancing since they could walk, and that I would feel ridiculous and out of place. But I decided to go for it, and found instead a very welcoming environment, with people close to my age, with varying levels of experience. The teachers worked with us at our level and it was amazing to see the progress we all made in just a short time. Going back to dancing after so many years (I took ballet lessons from age 11-14) was not easy, but it has had such a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend to everyone, find a kind of music you love and learn to dance to it! Ballet may not be for everyone, but there are so many other options, like contemporary, hip hop, Irish, tap, salsa, waltz, and jive. You don’t need a partner, just join in and give it a try!