As I see it, anyone can do ballet. If you want to dance, there will be a way. This is how I see it.
In general, flat and wide feet are not at all a problem! However, about your muscles and the pain you should consult a physician or at least a dance teacher and ask them if it is possible and not harmful for your feet to do ballet, especially if you want to do pointe work! Still, i think ballet can be good for your feet and train your muscles if you keep it light & don’t dance everyday. Of course, i don’t know where your pain comes from, so I could be wrong!
Let’s say they say no, don’t do it. What I would do is ask if you can dance at all. I mean ballet is not just about pointing your feet & being on pointe! That’s why it is, in my opinion, not a sport. It is the artistry that counts, and if you are able to run, you should technically be able to do ballet! Of course to a less professional degree, if some movements are painful for you. Still, if you watch contemporary ballet, there really are styles where they don’t really point their feet? You might want to try that, if you really want to do ballet and it doesn’t hurt too much.
Don’t worry about your quitting six years ago! You probably will not become a professional dancer, but you still can have the joy of dancing in your spare time!
I hope that helped! Of course, this is only my personal opinion, i am not a professional dancer, physician or dance teacher, so please consult other people about this!
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