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What is your perception of male ballet dancers? Do you think they are effeminate, or not so much?


Some folks believe that male ballet dancers are effeminate because they assume (wrongly) that the male stands on his toes, like ballerinas, although they actually stand on the balls of their feet (demi-point), from time to time---or else flat on their feet. Then there are others who see the male ballet dancer as very athletic. Yet others feel that ballet is basically a "girl thing," consequently, this must mean that male ballet dancers are "girly." What is your perception of the male ballet dancer? Or.....what do you think is the general perception?

 

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Best Answer Alan (jonnycomelately) says

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    savvydating 14 months ago

    Definitely more honed, Alan. I think some males just don't know anything about ballet, so I suppose they equate it with tippy toes. However, the male ballet dancer must always evoke highly masculine roles, like a prince or warrior, as you mentioned.

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    savvydating 14 months ago

    Fabulous answer, tsmog! Actually, I hear that ballet dancers are the strongest athletes only 2nd to football players---and that football players are taught some ballet for agility. Indeed, there are times when football looks like a dance.


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William Thomas (wingedcentaur) says

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    savvydating 13 months ago

    LOL! Good point about the 50's. Back in the day, dancers sometimes destroyed their bodies, especially ballerinas, but nowadays, they're much smarter. Nevertheless, the strain on their bodies is tremendous. They are superb athletes, as you know!

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    savvydating 14 months ago

    I like your answer, Ashton. I am always curious to learn about people's perceptions about dance, particularly ballet. So I decided to ask. ;)

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    Alan (jonnycomelately) 12 months ago

    I did not know that


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