When he was 7 years old, future choreographer Tere O'Connor donned a white V-neck tennis sweater, a pair of very short shorts, and his father's trout fishing boots and sashayed down the street of his blue-collar neighborhood in Webster, New York. That inspired act of creativity was probably his first choreographed performance. I thought I was a real charmer. The stereotype of male dancers automatically being gay—not to mention the myth that dancing makes you queer—is a concept that Americans, in particular, love to embrace, as if to protect their own macho image. And yet, gay men do seem to be drawn to dance and to other creative and equally stereotyped occupations like interior design, hairdressing, couture, and musical theater for various reasons. In the universe of the arts, gay men keep some impressive company: Marcel Proust, Michelangelo, Lord Byron, Tchaikovsky, Tennessee Williams, Montgomery Clift, and Leonard Bernstein are only a few of history's homosexuals who have made their indelible mark.
Gay Men & Dance
Gay in Ballet: Two Men Defying Traditions in the Dance World
Male ballet dancers get the worst reputation… And there is a reason why…. Honestly, it comes down to tights and a dance belt and for some reason that equates to effeminate, which equates to gay. Because of these roles, the vocabulary is limited, say compared to a jazz dancer. Now, because the way the music was written, and male variations are these extremely heavy, weighted variations, the steps a male ballet dancer usually performs are… well limiting. While women are known for their pointe shoes and flexibility, male ballet dancers really only do the following via my doodles :. Here is my 5 misconceptions about male ballet dancers:.
Manly Ballet… 5 misconceptions about male ballet dancers
The company had come to Los Angeles to dance in the Olympic Arts Festival , and my parents volunteered to host a post-performance dinner in our backyard. I recall about people — family friends, Olympic officials and maybe 25 dancers — eating curry is that right? No, this is about the ballerino — my word for him — I met and what he represented to a lonely gay kid in Southern California in , a kid who had never before met another gay person.
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