Susanne Posted July 19, 2003 Report Share Posted July 19, 2003 I read the topic Olympics and now a similar thread at the ballet moms and dads forum and somebody suggested that making ballet more athletic would attract more boys/men What are your opinions? I'll start: I couldn't resist and asked the male that was closest - my boyfriend who doesn't dance. I asked him if he thought that ballet was athletic and surely he must have noticed the athletic side of especially the male dancer? He responded that the problem was that nobody really think of a man when they hear the word ballet. It is always the tutu and pointe shoes so nobody knows that there is something else. There has really nothing to do with ballet being an art (a lot of men play music intruments, write music, paint and do other artistic things) it is only because it is considered feminine. You cannot say that guys are overrepresented in figure skating or gymnastics either even though these are Olympic sports! [/i]If people think about a male dancer it is most probably a man in tights, because that is what men wears on stage. And that is more frightening than anything else! Lets face it, how often do men wear tight fitting clothes outside the dance studio? We females on the other hand are almost required to wear tight jeans and tight tops! Quote Link to comment
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