30 is not that old.
No, it's not. Sorry if it sounded that way.
My wording was based on the debut ages of male pros on DWTS. Only 3 of 7 males debuting over age 30 (Tony, Louis, and Jonathan) have competed more than 2 seasons, and none who debuted after season 2. By contrast, 5 of 7 males debuting under age 30 (excluding Tristan and Val) have competed at least 3 seasons. Tristan and Val could make it 7 of 9.
The female numbers are sadder. Only 4 of 14 female pros have debuted over age 25. (Excluding Andrea Hale for lack of age info.) Of those 4, only Kym (30) and Karina (28) appeared more than 2 seasons. No female over 25 has debuted since season 3, so even Sharna is pushing the envelope at 26.Adding:
FWIW, going back to season 1, the "glass ceilings" for debuts appear to be around 32 for males and 28 for females. Other than Kym--who was 28 when she debuted on Australian DWTS--no older debuting male or female has competed more than 2 seasons, although Louis did turn 33 during season 1.
It may not mean anything, because each dancer should
be his/her own case, but the show has shown a preference for younger dancers. Hopefully the additions of the troupe and BTF dancers will make it more about the individuals, because as you say, 30 for guys (and 26 for gals) really isn't old.
this Henry guy looks very promising. He has a ballet background.....I'll bet he may be a pro before too long
From what I've read, he decided to focus on ballet fairly recently and is currently the principal dancer in the Tasmanian Ballet. He's just 26, but ballet has a shorter shelf life than ballroom (I think), so DWTS may be a side project for now. I imagine he's actively cross-training while in L.A., as it looks like his ballet company has shows scheduled for the summer.
BTW, it's been reported that Dasha may have left the troupe to resume competition.
Edited by katdlf, Mar 16, 2012 @ 6:20 PM.