10 Reasons Boys should take ballet class
Boys don’t stampede into the dance studio, but they should.
Here is reason #10
Reason #10. Coordination, strength, flexibility, agility. Dance keeps you in condition and makes you strong and fit for other sports – and life in general.
Soccer requires foot and leg dexterity to move the ball smoothly and swiftly. Not to mention the ability to kick the ball to multiple locations and height. Ever watch men lift their legs in ballet class? Yes, they lift and kick their legs over the heads not only to the front, but to the sides and to the back. That type of flexibility is fundamental in ballet class.
Basketball: Jumping, jumping, jumping. How high is the basket? Jumping requires a strong push off the floor. Ballet dancers jump with their legs turned out to propel themselves even higher. To add to the difficulty, ballet dancers jump while spinning.
Football: Agility to weave through the maze of huge players is a cornerstone of this sport. Dancers are fleet of foot with strength to lift their partners high above their heads, all while making it look effortless. The coach of the Dallas Cowboys makes his players take ballet to improve their agility.
Tennis – Foot speed, agility and balance so critical in this sport is basic to ballet. In tennis you’re wielding a racket and running at the same time, and try that if you get your feet tangled up! Ballet dancers must coordinate themselves along with partnering another dancer or performing synchronized movements with 20 others in the cast.
Volleyball: Jumping, reaching over the net, and power hits to the ball. Again, hurling oneself into the air so common in ballet, is necessary in this sport.
Yes, boys should crowd into the dance studio, they would become much better at their sport and may even find ballet class fun. At Acadèmie de Ballet Classique in Bend, Oregon, love boys in our classes. Come try out a ballet class on us!