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Tanner, 10, lightly treads beaten path into ballet

By Alan Campbell
Richmond News
Photograph by John Correa
June 21, 2013

Tanner March, 10, has no problem being the only boy in his ballet class 2013[Richmond, British Columbia, Canada] – In his second year of gracing the studio of the ballet class, 10-year-old Tanner March doesn’t look an inch out of place.

He might be the only boy in his class, but since the inception and subsequent popularity of TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, the days of snickers and surprise at males in tight pants and featherweight slippers are long gone.

Indeed, Tanner — who’s been at the Urban Dance Company since he was six — has yet to hear one negative comment or jibe about his love of ballet.

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Taking leap of faith across gender gap

As he settles into his first job in ballet, Graham Kaplan recalls the day he donned tights and stepped into a class full of girls

By Alan Campbell
Richmond News
June 21, 2013

Graham Kaplan, 20 is a professional dancer 2013[Richmond, British Columbia, Canada] – As he slipped quietly into the studio, a shy, 12-year-old Graham Kaplan was nervous enough about being the only boy in a room full of girls. The glaring fact he was wearing tights for the first time in his life only saddled more weight onto his self-conscious mind.

“It was definitely different for me,” said Kaplan, now 20.

“I already had training for the other disciplines, but there was fear; it was something completely new.”

Kaplan remembers vividly his first ever day in ballet class at Richmond’s Urban Dance Company.

That day seems like a lifetime ago for Kaplan, who has just started his first professional job as a dancer — an apprenticeship with the contemporary ballet company BJM Danse, formerly known as Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.

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