Ballet Class for Cross Dressers
A man wearing tights and a leotard is what many people would describe as cross dressing. Well in ballet class men have to wear tights whether they like it or not. Sometimes a ballet class for beginners might not be so strict, but all ballet schools that have a high standard have a strict dress code for students. If you like the idea of wearing ballet tights and leotards without people questioning your motives then why not take a ballet class?
It’s also a fantastic way to trim yourself fit and learn to have a perfect posture and move with grace and elegance. Wearing a tight fitting ballet outfit helps make you conscious of your body shape and you’ll already feel more fit just from wearing it. The male to female ratio in ballet class is something like 10 : 1 and among the heterosexuals that ratio is probably more like 20 : 1 . So chances are that you might be the only man among a whole group of thinly dressed, feminine women. If ever there was an incentive for guys to take ballet class!
More about Ballet Class
Training for advanced ballet is one of the most physically demanding and strenuous activities ever. A ballet class of 90 minutes can be very tiring but young students aspiring to become professional dancers spend most of their day doing ballet practice. I think ballet is a great example of physical discipline and anyone would benefit from taking at least a few years of ballet lessons.
When you learn a musical instrument, you normally practise on your own, in your time and use the method and routine of your choice. But in ballet, most exercises are done in class as a group.
Appearance and Clothing in Ballet Class
Most ballet schools are very strict about appearance. For example the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) used to require girls to wear pink ballet tights with a navy blue leotard while the boys had to wear black ballet tights (thicker than the girl’s tights) and a white leotard. Hairstyles are also subject to regulation. Women have to wear their hair in a bun that must be very secure without a stray hair, and men (sadly) have to cut their hair relatively short.
But this is for serious ballet students who take exams and aim to be professional dancers. If you just want to do it for fun, you can easily find a ballet class for beginners that will not be so strict. Especially in adult classes there is often no real dress code at all. But tights are a must in ballet. You need to be able to see the legs properly and the teacher needs to be able to see if your legs really are straight. You cannot go beyond the very basics if you never wear ballet tights. Without tights, ballet class is more like an aerobics class.
skirts are not normally worn in ballet class. Some kids’ classes have them because
the girls love it and it makes them more enthusiastic. Sometimes students will
have practice tutus for class though. Getting a tutu is surely what you're dreaming of so have a look at my article on tutu skirts.
Getting the Ballet Outfit
So you’ve taken some ballet classes for beginners and want to stick with it. Then find out from your teacher what exactly you need because it can vary from school to school. The tights used in ballet are thicker and more durable than what you find in a hosiery department. Also the shoes need to fit well and so there’s no way around going to a ballet shop and trying things on to get the right sizes.
Pointe Work and Pointe Shoes
Dancing en pointe is the cliched tiptoeing that we all know from ballet on TV. Men hardly ever dance en point but sometimes they do – especially if they act women’s roles or in some contemporary production. Some schools have men take pointe classes even if only for practice. Pointe work requires specialized pointe shoes and buying these can be a major challenge of its own. You have to go to a ballet shop for this and get them fitted properly. The shoes on the photo above, even though the dancer is en pointe, are NOT pointe shoes. Pointe shoes have a solid block at the tip in front of the toes making the foot appear longer.
Pointe work is more advanced though and beginners don’t and shouldn’t do it. When it is time, you’ll be taking specialized pointe classes for it rather than doing it in the regular ballet class. Not everyone has feet that are suited for pointe work though. The ballet teacher will inspect your feet and see if they’re strong enough.
Cross dressing in Ballet Class
Well apart from the fact that you’re wearing tights and leotards, you won’t be doing any cross dressing in ballet class unless you got the role of a female character in a performance. There is a dance company that is all male but play female ballerinas as a comedy act. They’re hilarious actually and they dance really well too. I think they were called the Trocks or something like that.
However, because ballet is often about costumes and dressing up, cross dressing for fun isn’t unheard of. So you might find a ballet class where you get a chance to wear one of those pretty tutu dresses.