Can Boys Dance?

If you are like many people, you may consider ballet or dance lessons as something that is "just for girls." 

Common thought around boys and dance says that boys won’t gain anything from dance lessons, that they will be subjected to "girly" princess games and pink tutus, or that lessons will simply be a waste of time. However, this couldn’t be any further from the truth! Ballet and other forms of dance are not just for girls; they can help girls and boys alike develop physically and mentally. The things children learn in constructive dance classes can help them in many different areas of life in the present and in the future, regardless of whether they are interested in pursuing dance in college or as a career.

Physical Benefits

Famous male dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

Famous male dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov

Did you know that boys can gain muscle definition and strength in every part of their body by taking ballet and dance classes? Dance classes also promote increased flexibility. Ballet teaches coordination that can help boys with whatever they choose to do in life. Do you like to plays sports? Taking ballet classes as a supplement will help you to jump higher, think quicker, and have more control of your body as you runs down the court!

Masculine Qualities

It seems obvious that ballet can teach girls to be delicate and graceful - but did you know that by participating in ballet classes, boys can how to contrast the girls with masculine qualities? In ballet, boys are taught how to carry themselves with strength and grace. In the context of classical ballet etiquette, boys are also taught how to treat ladies with respect and politeness - even while engaging in some great friendly competition with other students in every class! Boys and girls alike learn to focus despite many distractions and to respect people of authority. Both of these skills can transfer into many other areas of life, from school and college to eventually jobs and careers. 

A Lifelong Passion

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts students, including Spencer Petrik, get ready to perform as South African Children in Beyond the Nutcracker

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts students, including Spencer Petrik, get ready to perform as South African Children in Beyond the Nutcracker

Taking dance classes has been shown to have many positive benefits for mental/emotional health and relieving stress, regardless of whether you are a professional dancer, a serious student or just taking classes for fun. Dance can become a lifelong passion for boys and girls alike and can serve as a great way to burn off energy and relieve stress, regardless of age or level of ability. 

Looking Beyond

If all of these facts hasn’t persuaded you to sign your son up for dance classes, maybe the thought of not having to pay for college will! Boys can get massive scholarships to college just by dancing ballet. At Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, we also offer boys' incentive scholarships to new and students and have many different classes to get your son started off on the right foot.

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Many thanks to Ms. Torie Arrington for this great article.