People always ask if it is too late to start popping. Some of these emails I get are from people that at 15 years old or 12 years old. The answer is no! Those ages are perfect and actually give you a head start! Popping is not one of the dance styles parents sign their kids up for when they are 5 years old and take them to classes every week. That is extremely rare and almost unheard of. Most people start in the range of 15-21 years but the spread is huge. I personally started popping when I was 17 years old, although closer to 18. If you start younger you have a definite advantage. There are many old school poppers that pop well into their 40s that can still kill it on the dance floor but the flexibility and agility is often not the same as the younger dancers.
Still, I have people that message about the DVDs that are into their thirties and they end up doing well with the popping. Their goal is not usually to be a pro, just as a new hobby. A good example of a young popper is Baby Bang who got established at only 12 years old. For the older generation, there are too many dope OGs to name them all, but I will mention Mr. Animation who was born in 1966. I recently saw him get down in Santa Monica — too dope. To summarize, if you are younger than 17 you are not too old, you are young for popping and have a huge advantage if you start now!