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Real Men Can Dance

Real Men Can Dance

I dance, nothing else is happening in the world, and
to be able to have that freedom is incredible, and
I just get so happy. I think internally,
at first, at barre, I’m getting into my body. I’m trying to lift
out of my hips. I’m trying to really reach
and work on my footwork. And then, by the time
that I start warming up and I’m understanding what I’m
doing, then I start to project. And I start to think, how can
I make this movement bigger, and how can I show what I’m
feeling inside on the outside? I teach the men at the
University of Arizona School of Dance program. I teach them the ballet. –halfway. See how it centers halfway. Ah! That’s what I’m talking about. And now with that hand– oh, that’s beautiful. WESTON KRUKOW:
Every day I come in, and he’s ruthlessly
working on our technique. JAMES CLOUSER: The
attitude towards ballet is an interesting thing
with young men today because they come
from a background where ballet is
something a little bit foreign, a little bit elite,
a little bit fancy-pantsy, and they come from a milieu
where street dance is what turns them on. JORY HANCOCK: Here at the
University of Arizona, one of the most unusual
things about our program is that we have so many men. Now, we’re up to 45 or 50 men
out of 150 total students. That’s more men than any other
dance program in the country. GIANNI HOWELL: Where I’m from,
we had guys at our studio, but there was,
maybe, one or two. So coming to a school where
there’s 50 guy dancers, it’s almost like a new
experience in dance all on its own. I chose the
University of Arizona because of their wide program. They have tap. They have jazz, ballet,
modern, musical theater. And me, being
primarily a tap dancer, that couldn’t please
me more because now I’m getting every single technique
in this one school, while also on a beautiful campus. DAVID MAURICE JOHNSON:
For 15 years, I ran track. I sustained an injury my
senior year of high school, was put into ballet class as
rehabilitation, and loved it. When I graduate, I
just want to dance, in every aspect of the
word– just choreography, teaching, performing,
traveling, getting lost in the adventure of this
career and life choice. WESTON KRUKOW: I came
in really confident in ballet, loving jazz– I’ve done that the longest– no experience in modern. And what U of A has given me is
an unbelievable, well-rounded knowledge. JORY HANCOCK: The
students in this program are so dedicated
to their art form. So they’re really focused
on dance, but many of them are double majors in
engineering, business, pre-med. So it’s important for them to
be in a conservatory environment like the U of A school
of dance but on a campus that is a Research I university. GIANNI HOWELL: I want to
dance for the rest of my life, but I also decided
to minor in business because when I’m done dancing,
I want to own a competition. I want to own a studio. And just in case anything
happens with dance, I always have that
minor the fall back on. JORY HANCOCK: The Stevie
Eller Dance Theater is a state of the art facility
with beautiful sprung floors, a nice big stage, a small house,
so the audience is right there. It’s very intimate. And because it is
a small house, we get to do a lot of
performances, so our dancers are on stage 40 or
50 times a year. Like any science lab would be,
for us, this is our laboratory. [APPLAUSE]

53 comments on “Real Men Can Dance

  1. It is comforting and reassuring to know that more and more men are getting into ballet. Not just as mere viewers, but into the art form itself. Boys are getting into ballet. They're getting into ballet classes, into ballet tights and slippers. This is sign that maybe humanity may evolve to something worthwhile after all.

    For the longest time, there was a total absence of males in this field. I guess this is progress…

  2. Great seeing Jory Hancock and James Clouser who I worked with dancing Caliban and Carmina Burana 30 years ago with the Houston Ballet. Continued success gentlemen.

  3. How I wish that ever in my life I could have had that freedom and security of movement. It must be so exalting! (Alas, I have double-jointed knees, which axed any idea of dance!)

  4. Wow! Up to 50 publicly performed productions a year! That would be reason enough to retire to Arizona, if one lived in the U. S. of A. Of course, here in Québec, dance, with lots of excellent males in the art, is abundant, too, in Montreal.

  5. it's so funny to me how boys dancing ballet in the US is seen as weird and places like Europe, Russia, and South America it's normal and encouraged.

  6. Many people say it's gay. What's gay about lifting girls in skintight clothing? It's not like male dancers have to chase a ball around in spandex with a bunch of other old men, now that would be ridiculous! Oh wait…

  7. That´s true, my cousin is guy and he takes ballet lessons in Canada,and sometimes people doesn´t get the idea of a man wearing tights and dancing but for example in the countries that you mentioned he is really appreciated as a performer and great athlete at the same time.

  8. My son is 8 years old and just began ballet. I knew early on that he loved dance and movement, as we danced together all the time starting as a baby. We still have dance parties on Saturday nights in our living room where we dance to house, or whatever we think sounds good at the time. I have introduced him to a wide range of music, including big band swing, jazz, house, RnB, funk, classical, country, rock, and anything to which you can move your body. I grew up loving to dance, however my freedom of dance took me to clubs in Chicago and beyond. Whether it was punk, house, or techno; I loved to dance and it was a form of my self expression. While I did not dance ballet, at the age of 13 I began bike racing and I did wear tights in the form of cycling shorts and long cycling tights for winter riding. I also began shaving my legs at the age of 15 for cycling and swimming. My highschool was not the kind of school that this was acceptable, and I endured years of ridicule and bullying. But the more bullied I got, the more I rode my bike, and the faster and stronger I got. It still hurt and I believe the wounds from that period are still healing. I would eventually find myself going to Colorado from Chicago every summer to race my bike in the Rocky Mountains. Call it a summer intensive for cycling!! But alas, every fall I would return to my school to be made fun of and called every derogatory name in the book. But I never stopped riding my bike, or wearing my tight shorts, or shaving my legs. My son loves to dance, he is not afraid to tell people he dances, and he is an inspiration to his friends that know nothing about ballet to find out about ballet. He impresses me with his dedication and passion for ballet and for dance, he takes tap, as well.  Never stop going for your dreams, if it makes you happy please do not stop, for life is too short to look back with regrets, always look forward knowing that the passion in your heart is stronger than the words any person can hurl at you. I mean damn, you should see how unhappy some of the people that made fun of me are in life, let alone the one or two that committed suicide. Morbid, yes, but there is perspective there. I will never give up on my son that tells me; "Dada, I just want you to know, I am going to be in ballet for the rest of my life. I just love ballet so much!" 

  9. I don't dance ballet, I do ballet, I live ballet, I love ballet. And I am straight!  That is why ballet is so magical, no matter who you are, if you want to you can do it 😀

  10. This title is stupid. Are you a figment of my imagination? No? Congratulations, you're real! It should be men can dance ballet which we already knew.

  11. I think men are wonderfull when they decide to dance, I think the body of the man is a master piece of nature.

  12. The first dancer, pull your toes and lift your legs using just your toes, you'll get better calves and straightened legs as well.

  13. Maybe we will finally catch up with other parts of the world like Europe, Russia, Cuba for example where it's normal for men to dance.

  14. The training of these young men illustrates hug problems in classical ballet education as a whole. Though I think it is (a) wonderful that they are attracting men, but they are doing them a disservice. They are training Cecchetti oriented neo or demi-classical ballet. Not classical ballet. There is a huge difference displayed by dozens of examples of this in this video. To lump the newer subgenre of ballet altogether is why Americans are lagging in producing world class dancers. This is likely true because their teachers themselves didn't have an adequate education in the field. Indeed, if you read the CVs of the prof.s of dance at U of AZ, you will find that none have higher than a high school education, but tons of practical experience: the fact is they don't really know much about what they are teaching besides having danced themselves. How sad.

  15. I will strongly recommend to use a different wording for the title of the video clip. Is off putting, Beside that,the information-effort-quality-approach-about male dancer is quite very good , and one more thing hast to be included into this info-approach : the technique used is a classical ballet technique modified for men. The University of Arizona’s School of Dance is considered one of the top programs in the United States and England for this kind of performing arts.

  16. I had wanted to take ballet my entire life and began lessons at age 40. The physical intensity of it is no joke. I played football throughout high school and also wrestled and always stayed in excellent shape. I stayed with ballet with 4 straight years and moved on to intermediate. I am absolutely drenched in sweat each time I do a class. I would strongly recommend this form of exercise to any fitness buffs out there. What is really cool about it is that as you progress and begin to string the movement together, the level of your cardio increases in vast proportions. It is an absolute high when you begin piecing stuff together. I would compare doing fast moving center floor work to how I felt as a tailback and getting to run the ball about 4 straight plays. Your constantly trying to manage energy to hit a move.

  17. Real men can dance? What about fake men, can they dance? My friend is a fake man and he dances really well.

  18. Wonderful!!! 😍 As a dance teacher i just can dream about a dance class with only male dancers! …. (Seems like not possible in Hamburg!…)

  19. I only did beginner ballet as a boy, along with gymnastics, figure skating and hockey, yes. It's a great base in self-discipline and rigour that works for any other sport of performing art. I loved it and can still dance now, at age 50!

  20. Some one please make channel on MALE BALLET coz I grg lot of problems in searching ballet for men 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢 😢

  21. I have a couple of concerns here. While I absolutely love dance and wish more men would be involved, it’s their technique that I wanted to bring up. It looks as though these danseurs are lifting their arms instead of lifting their chest to bring up their arms. I was also looking at their legs being lifted instead from the hip.

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