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Facts about Male Ballet Dancing

Updated on August 10, 2010

Facts about Male Ballet Dancing

 Ballet dancing is usually associated with women, but male ballet dancing is also popular in men who want to dance as a way of making money, as a way of keeping fit, and as a way of having fun.  Before starting male ballet dancing, it is important to have all the facts.  It is important to know them you are to be safe, if you are to be healthy, if you are to be a good dancer, and if you are to have fun.  Male ballet dancers usually have to lift ballerinas off the floor during performances.  It is therefore important that you work on your stamina and strength, even as you work on being light so that the clothes can fit and so that you do not injure yourself. 

 The history of ballet dancing dates back to the 15th century in Italy and later to the rest of Europe.  The traditions of ballet dancing have remained in place and people still dress, step, and take positions like those that they used to do in the past.  Female ballet dancers are called ballerina while male ballet dancers simply go by the name ballet dancers.  Male dancers dance in soft-soled shoes for stability while lifting ballerinas while ballerinas wear pointe shoes.

 Male and female ballet dancers wear tights as they dance – these are stocking-like clothes covering most of the body.  It therefore follows that for success in ballet dancing, you must work to tone your body.  You should start ballet classes early in life.  This is because there is a lot to learn and it takes time to get the right body.  Some of the qualities you need are patience, determination, and willpower.  Since performances have to be perfect, you need to clear your schedule for training.

 Male ballet dancing has several advantages.   Ballet dancing helps to tone all muscles in the body and it improves your health.  You can also take up ballet dancing because it improves other aspects of life.  These can improve your work life, your sex life, and other aspects of life.  The likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Vladimir Malakhov have been successful with ballet dancing and you should try your luck.  Other important facts about male ballet dancing are that attitude is important, the toenails should be kept short, and you should not dance on wet floors.


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    • Marisa Wright profile image

      Kate Swanson 

      7 years ago from Sydney

      LOL, the idea that dancers need to tone their bodies just so they can wear tights is completely misleading!

      Ballet is an incredibly athletic activity. Men need the strength of a weightlifter, the spring of a high jumper and the elegance of a gymnast. That requires a huge amount of dedicated exercise - the fact that they look good in tights is just a side effect!

    • _DANE_YOUSSEF_ profile image


      7 years ago from California


      by Dane Youssef

      For me, there really is nothing more inspiring for me that when the men up there are as beautiful as nearly any ballerina.

      There was a time when a man up there defying gravity and other physical possibilities was considered wrong, evil. A destruction of one's manhood.

      As a male in ballet meself, it's always a challenge. Just like nearly all the others, I kept it as secret as government documents. What these people did was nothing short of incredible.

      I've been taking it for about nine years now. I have danced onstage with our town's School of Dance and College. As a male who has taken ballet for nearing a whole decade (as I write this), I can honestly say... it is just a little bit harder.

      Some things just never change. Like how at that tender age in the beginning, it's still just a "girl's only club" and if you're a boy there at that age, you're like an intruder. The odd man out.

      Maybe all that will change someday, God willing. Hell, us willing. Boys, don't just cross your fingers. Take arms. Join together, unite and tear down those walls, that barrier that limit us all.

      To the pioneers who showed what's possible with a boy in ballet--Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolph Nureyev, Edward Villella, Peter Martins, Patrick Bissell, Ethan Stiefel, Sascha Radetsky, Vladmir Malakov, Peter Schafuss, Nikolaj Hubbe, Alexander Godunov--and that's just the creme de la creme of the ranks.

      My brothers, thank you for paving the way. And to those who are planning to follow in your footsteps... keep it all up. There is no reason to ever lose hope. Keep up the good faith.

      All my love, tendus, pirouettes... and Merde. Endless Merde to you all. Those courageous and fearless martyrs who made being a male leaping around in pantyhose to classical music a respectable life pursuit, a noble career goal.

      --Your humble brother in arms and tights, Dane Youssef


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