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Saturday, 22 November 2014

A Parent's Guide to Male Ballet Dancers

Ballet is a beautiful but demanding art form. A successful ballet dancer must exhibit grace, but they also need strength and stamina. In this regard, ballet is just as demanding as any other physical sport. Unfortunately, many parents don't consider ballet as being appropriate for their sons. They encourage their boys to play football, basketball, hockey, or baseball. Dance is rarely an option.

Is your son interested in studying ballet? Are you hesitant to enroll your son in ballet class? There's no reason to feel that way. If you look at the careers of famous male ballet dancers, you'll see that ballet can be good for boys.

Fact one - Professional male ballet dancers can have amazing careers.

Even if you don't like ballet, you probably know about Mikhail Baryshnikov. He began his career as a child while in his native country of Russia. His talent as a dancer gave him the opportunity to create a successful career. But most importantly, his talent allowed him to travel the world during a time when Russians couldn't freely leave the country.

In 1974, Baryshnikov defected from the Soviet Union to start a new life in Canada. He later moved to America to continue his career as a ballet dancer and choreographer. Eventually, he expanded his career to include acting. He's starred on popular television shows such as Will and Grace. He's also starred in movies with Shirley McClain and the late famous tap dancer Gregory Hines.

Without ballet, Baryshnikov probably never would have left his country and had such an amazing career.

Fact two - Male ballet dancers are athletes.

If you think male ballet dancers aren't athletes, you obviously have never seen Roberto Bolle in action. His lean athletic body is the epitome of what an athlete's body should look like. Bolle is known for his dancing, but he's also known for his body. Some athletes train for years, and never achieve the perfect lean and muscular look that Bolle has gained from ballet.

Bolle started studying ballet when he was 12 years old. He's turned his love of ballet into a successful career, and has performed all over the world. He performed for one of the largest audiences in history at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin. An estimated 2.5 billion people saw the performance either in person or on television. In 2004, Bolle also performed in front of the Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square.

Boys and Dancing

As you can see, ballet can lead to great things. Even if your son doesn't want to become a professional dancer, he will still benefit from the physical act of dancing. The benefits of participating in team sports are well known, but dancing often provides many of the same benefits. Instead of expecting your son to play a team sport, support him if he decides dancing is something he wants to explore.

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