Agility, endurance, strength, flexibility, stamina, confidence, body awareness and control. All terms used to describe elite athletes – and all gained from practicing ballet.
Since ballet training offering all of these benefits and more, why isn’t every ballet class filled with boys trying to use the best cross-training method to improve their baseball, football, soccer and/or lacrosse skills? NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann and future Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker are amongst the high profile athletes who have used ballet as part of their training regiment. Actor and heartthrob Ryan Gosling also takes ballet!
Ballet is “girly” … right? Ballet is for little girls in their leotards, skirts, tights and hair pulled in tight buns, shuttled to class by their mothers while their fathers run their brothers to the “boy sports”. Here’s a note to boys – dancing is masculine. Watching a male dancer leap and spin is magical. Let me share a secret to boys – girls LOVE boys who dance!
Male teachers at Addicted 2 Dance (A2D) in Ambler have all had ballet training. Being a Hip-Hop dancer, choreographer or instructor does not excuse you from being well trained in all forms of dance. Ballet training improves all forms of dance, whether it’s Jazz, Modern, Contemporary or Hip-Hop.
A2D teacher David Crosby truly believes in the benefits of cross training:
Beginning this July, Addicted 2 Dance will offer a FREE beginning boys ballet class for age 5-17. A2D also offers scholarships for continued classes to boys taking ballet.
Taking ballet will improve their skills in other sports, and boost their confidence and poise for all their future endeavors. Let’s get boys “Addicted 2 Ballet”!
Want to see ballet in action? Check out this quick Mikhail Baryshnikov video – a warmup from the movie Dancers.