Age Limit to Audition?

Yesterday I posted the details for the “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” auditions. One of the criteria listed was an age minimum and maximum – basically you have to be between the ages of 18-30 years of age.

What does everyone think of these limitations. I can understand the minimum age limit because they are looking for adult dancers but is 30 too young an age limit to set? Are there not amazing dancers over the age of 30 who are still young, flexible and talented enough to compete with the twenty somethings?

If I think of the best salsa dancers in Canada and even in North America, they are almost all over the age of 30. This is mainly because it takes years of experience to become smooth and versatile in this dance. The other reason is because most people learn salsa as adults so it is not like ballet where a 15 year old dancer already has 10 years of dance experience.

Most other dances including ballroom, ballet, tap, jazz have dancers starting at a young age so this age limit may make sense. But it seems a shame to limit the competition when the 30 somethings will bring with them finesse, confidence, experience and a maturity to the competition that could really add an interesting element.

Oh well such is life! Comments??

2 thoughts on “Age Limit to Audition?

  1. I think 30 might even actually be too old. If you have watched the show, the competition is very high, and extremely demanding on the body. After having danced both jazz and ballet, salsa is not as hard on the body in terms of joints and flexibility. Most of the dancers today are also gymnasts and the flips and leaps in the air get tough as you age. Ligaments don’t stretch as much, joints are all battered. You could probably kill yourself to compete, but it will hurt!!

  2. Beg to differ. IMHO, it depends upon physical condition and individual ability of a contestant (person/dancer/etc.) – especially considering salsa is NOT as hard on the body… Doesn’t artistry mean a lot? Saw a lot of examples: a) in sports competition when athletes in their 30-ies would beat the crap out of younger crowd; b) my school teacher (NOT phys-ed) in his 40-ies would do 50 pushups without skipping a heartbeat to a dismay of our football team who could not beat it.
    In this particular case, it is about showbiz, and general audiences’ preferences and nothing else. Should I say more?

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