Depending on the response, the boy might keep dancing, but carry a burden of shame, or have the comfort of family support in the years ahead.
The youthful artist needs that help, particularly in Australia, where “expressive dance” invokes pictures of pink glossy silk shoes and tutus. That as it may, gradually, the shame related with expressive dance and young men is changing with the assistance of the Royal Academy of Dance’s Project B and Ballet Brothers. The RAD venture expects to broaden access to move for young men and urge them to take up expressive dance, while Ballet Brothers runs workshops for young men and teenagers.
Both were spoken to in Sydney on Sunday, at the Australian debut of Danseur, a narrative that investigates why young men and young fellows are regularly harassed or disparaged in light of the fact that they adore expressive dance. Danseur (the French word for male artist) was created and coordinated in the US by Scott Gormley, who is taking the film on a world visit.
After the screening, Matthew Lawrence, RAD’s Australian male move envoy, drove a board who talked about their very own encounters as artists and instructors and, for Gormley’s situation, as the dad of a child who here and there battled with being an expressive dance kid.
Lawrence, a former principal dancer with the Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Queensland Ballet, knows more than most about the pitfalls of life as a dance student.
His early life, he said, was “not so much about bullying as isolation. The silent treatment.” No one wanted to sit near a ballet dancer.
But Lawrence was lucky. He had total support from his parents and without that, he said, it makes it very tough for a boy to pursue the art form. “Part of keeping boys in ballet is educating the dads about ballet.”