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Note: Nina Amir is auther of My Son can Dance. For years she has written about her son Julian’s experience as a boy dancer. Julian is now 19 years old and a professional dancer with the Semperoper Ballett. Ron Lacey is Julian’s father.

By Ron Lacey
My Son Can dance
April 25, 2013

As a father of a dancin’ boy, my wife asked me to write a blog post from a dad’s perspective on why fathers should support sons when they show an interest in becoming dancers. Here are my thoughts on that subject.

Open Your Mind, Open Your Heart

Julian Amir LaceyFathers so often seem to have a set idea of what they want to see in their sons. The importance and prestige of sports is so ingrained in our society, and the football, basketball, baseball, or soccer star is highly sought and valued—especially by most fathers. However, virtually no one equates the athletic skills necessary for those sports with what it takes to become a great dancer. Many fathers just look at the stereotype of a dancer, especially a ballet dancer…

My son is one of the most gifted athletes I have ever known or seen. He could have done anything—played any sport of his choice—and been among the elite. If he had focused on a sport as much as he did on his dancing, he could have played division 1 soccer, baseball, or lacrosse, though he is probably too small for football or basketball. And yet, he chose to dance, and he will be one of the very few that makes it into the professional ranks of his chosen athletic endeavor.



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