One of the boys featured in the documentary Danseur, which explores the challenges faced by boys in ballet.

One of the boys featured in the documentary Danseur, which explores the challenges faced by boys in ballet.

Legions of little girls aspire to be prima ballerinas. But few of their brothers ask for lessons. Parents tend to encourage boys to pursue sports and martial arts, but not ballet — though it can require even more athleticism. And boys in ballet can still expect to be teased or worse.

Attitudes are changing though, and opportunities are opening up for boys — even those from poorer neighborhoods where going to the ballet is not something families typically do. How is the local ballet world trying to welcome boys?

Produced by Lauren Markoe

Guests

  • Matthew Gardiner Director and Choreographer; Billy Elliot at the Signature Theater; @sigtheatre
  • Olivier Munoz Artistic Director; Maryland Youth Ballet; @MYBSilverSpring
  • Rafael Bejarano Dancer, The Washington Ballet; @TWBallet
  • Adrian Vincent James Ballet Teacher; The Duke Ellington School for the Arts; @DCGypsyAVJ

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