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Here parents and their sons will find news stories about boys and ballet. The stories are chosen by my sons and their friends (9-10 years old).

My sons have taken ballet lessons for three years. The best part of the lesson are the jumps and turns. The music is cool too.

Ballet may not be a sport but energy and athleticism is the same. My boys would rather dance than play on a baseball or football team. They take gymnastics classes for conditioning.

Recitals, performances and competitions are exciting and fun. Boys are competitive and natural performers.

The “Library” contains information on training, physiology, nutrition, schools, helpful hints on drawing more boys to your school, and interviews with dancers.

Fiction and non-fiction books can be found in the “Suggested Reading List” (see link at bottom of page”).

The reading list is a Microsoft Word Document.

Review Board: The Crew (5 boys);
Publishers: Mom and Dad;
www Trawlers: Our Parents (They say we’re too young);
Supporters: Parents, Friends, Grandparents, Aunt and Uncles, Our Ballet School

January 1, 2012

Boys and Ballet has always been a  father-son project. The boys are three years older and their interest in keeping up the site has waned. They are still dancing twelve or more hours a week. For the Crew, ballet is a childhood activity like swimming, gymnastics and choir.

Since the Crew did not want the blog to die, a new team of fathers and sons was found. Four boys and their fathers will continue to publish the blog. The boys are nine to ten years old and attend the same ballet school as the original Crew.

November 4, 2013

Look what you did:

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December 1, 2013

The crew has been publishing this blog for almost two years — for 11 and 12 year olds that is a lifetime. Last month, the crew celebrated 1 million hits.  They knew that they were going to retire after that milestone but the blog should not, could not be abandoned.

The ballet school under the direction of the Hungarian ballet master is still going strong so the crew found a new group of boys to carry on. They are 10, 11 and 12 years old.

The crew is excited to welcome back an older brother who is one of the original founders of Boys and Ballet – from way back when Boys and Ballet was a Yahoo group. He has graduated from college and is looking forward to graduate school. He has volunteered to be our admin.

 

May 10, 2015

Boys and Ballet is back after a four month hiatus.

Two years ago Google changed how it indexed the web. The old Google search engine indexed over 4,000 news sites worldwide. Searching for stories was quick and easy. The new search engine uses a different set of parameters. To find stories today requires multiple search terms, which is time consuming. The fathers who trawl the web are unwilling to commit to such a time consuming project.

Several fathers have agreed to keep the site going but with the understanding that they will only spend a couple of hours a month trawling the web.

The boys are enthusiastic. They want to keep Boys and Ballet alive. We are counting on them to encourage their fathers.

There are four boys in the new crew and three fathers. The boys attend the same ballet school as their predecessors.

You can help keep the site alive by sharing links to stories. Simply paste the link in the comment section of any post.

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30 Comments

  1. great blog!

  2. I love your site. Keep it up !

  3. I’m thrilled to have discovered your blog! really! To get boys into ballet is hard, specially when the world looks at us as they do! I wish someone could have shown me a blog like this when I was just a kid! Hearing of others with the same dreams and interests can do wonders for youngsters out there wanting to do ballet.
    I’ll definatly check back for more from you!
    All the best!

  4. Great stories! I just got drawn in to this blog and read them all!

  5. Just wanted you to know, My son Can Dance has moved. Please change the link on your blog roll: http://mysoncandance.net/. And keep up the great work. I love your site and sometimes troll it looking for stories! :~)

  6. Excellent blog! Very informative.

  7. I really enjoy reading your site and came across it after meeting a Bolshoi-trained dancer who has created a series called “Boys in Ballet” which highlights the difficulties facing boy ballet dancers as well as their amazing achievements. I did a search on the topic and that’s how I discovered your site. I thought your audience will enjoy watching the series as well, so I wanted to share the link to that site:

    http://www.dancechanneltv.com/programs/boys-in-ballet

    Hope you enjoy it. And keep up the good (and important) work!
    Best, Anna

  8. Great blog! My son has been hooked on ballet since age 7. Four years of dancing so far, and he cannot imagine living without it. I love your stories about others like him in the world of dance. Thanks!

  9. Please let me extend my sincere gratitude to you for creating such an important website! There never seems to be enough resources for boys in the world of ballet. It is critical to receive the best guidance, training and support during these very formative years. There is nothing more valuable than the sharing of knowledge from those with direct experience so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!!

  10. I am a competitive male gymnast and I stumbled upon this to see where Ballet could help me with my gymnastics skills, needles to say that as I read the stories and watched some videos, I have also developed a liking to Ballet. These stories remind me of the very things I have to endure as gymnast what with the stereotypes towards gender and remind me why I’m the gymnast I am today but I have also worked on some basic ballet moves at home and I can honestly say that it is the most amazing feeling when you are flying in the air doing all those spins etc. Whoever created this page has created something special.

  11. Cool blog!

    ~G

  12. Hi there
    Greetings from New Zealand.
    I have just found this tonight and think you are doing a wonderful job.
    I am the mother of a 12 year old boy who has been dancing for 9 years now. He is set to have a career as a ballet dancer and is well on his way. It’s nice to see lots of great stories about other boys doing so well.
    I have just started a blog for my son so you might like to have a look as things are getting exciting for him dance-wise.

    I am now an avid follower.

  13. Hi, my son is just getting into dance and this site is very helpful. I mention you in my article. Check it out: http://voices.yahoo.com/the-boys-philadelphia-dance-center-bring-hip-11628776.html?cat=25

  14. Thank you so much for the ‘library’ part of your blog, I am engrossed in several of the articles posted…I wish that I had been able to dance as a young man, but I came from a family that would not allow a boy to dance in ballet…it has bugged me all of my life! I so want to help others (kids and families) get over this huddle! Take care and thanks a million!

  15. So glad you’ve kept this going, and thanks for featuring my content at My Son Can Dance.

      • Boysballet
      • Posted February 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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      Nina Amir is one of our favorite bloggers.

      Nina is a journalist and author currently writing a book meant to mentor young boys (age 10-17) who dream of becoming professional dancers.

      She has a son Julian Amir Lacey who is an apprentice with the Semperoper Ballett.

      Nina writes: I realized what a difficult road it was for young male dancers to hoe early on in Julian’s career. So, now I’m interviewing some of the top male dancers out there and asking them to offer their best advice and their worst experiences and their tips for surviving the tough early years so young boys who want to follow in their footsteps will have the strength, inspiration and tools to do so.
      This blog is meant to chronicle my struggles, what I have learned and my experiences with my son in the hope that maybe I can mentor some other parents of young boys who want to dance.
      My Son Can Dance

  16. my (last) 2 sons started dancing this january (2013)–7 and 9 years. I am grateful to this blog as it turned me on to Nina’s and my boys love reading about other boy dancers. We found this blog searching google images for how boys should dress for a ballet class! Keep up the wonderful work. We would love to do a similar blog in italian (we live in italy).
    xxm

  17. This is an adorable idea! So great to see dancer boys and their dad’s doing this kind of project together. Love it. 🙂

  18. Great site. Here is a link to an article from the Toronto Star (Friday Nov 1,2013) about boys in ballet and how the Grade six class at Canada’s National Ballet School this year is 65% boys.

  19. Check Out this new boys ballet school in London… http://www.BoysBalletLondon.com

    • YerkesDodsonCurve
    • Posted January 21, 2014 at 7:47 pm
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    Hi, I am glad I happened upon this site. Just wanted to let you know that the Pittsburgh Ballet Summer Intensive experience is apparently heavily tailored for men. Men do not take technique class with women and are usually only put together with them for Pas class. My son went to Ballet West Academy Summer Intensive and had a great experience there, and did Houston Ballet last year and again, liked the men’s focus. But the Pittsburgh Ballet SI is the only one we’ve heard of that has classes that seem to truly focus heavily on men. Has anyone else heard this?
    Thanks – Mom of 14 yo boy.

  20. Congratulations on such a fantastic resource. Check out our Boys’ Summer School at http://www.boyssummerschool.net – we’d love to welcome more international participants!

      • Boysballet
      • Posted May 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm
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      Boys and Ballet does not maintain a list of summer camps and intensives – there are just too many of them.

      If a school or individual provides a link, Boys an Ballet will post press releases, news stories, and videos.

      Boys’ Ballet Summer School video posted 5/26/14.

  21. Hello, I just found your blog and I think it’s great. If and when I have a son or sons I would love for them to do ballet.

  22. Hi there, my son, an avid ballet dancer has just been nominated for some awards, has been in the news lately and has had a documentary made about him so I’ll give you some of the links.
    http://artsaccess.org.nz/news+Index/Finalist+artists+in+Attitude+Awards+2014
    http://danz.org.nz/News/Award+spotlight+shines+on+passionate+Kapiti+Coast+dancer
    http://attitudelive.com/documentary/salems-ballet
    http://attitudelive.com/blog/dan-buckingham/minidoc-salems-ballet
    Cheers

  23. QUESTION……What e-mail address do I send you links or copies of articles of “Boys in Ballet” or “Boys and Ballet” like your WordPress blog you have here??

    I saw some on news items on WWW recently and your last item you have here is dated January 2, 2015…

    There have been a few more stories involving boys in the art of ballet in recent months which you need
    a bit updating on your Boys Ballet Blog WordPress site..

    Again, where do I sent the information to??

      • Boysballet
      • Posted May 11, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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      Paste the link in the comment section of any post

  24. Glad you are back! My son just started ballet and is turning nine next week. He will be Fritz in the Nutcracker this year and is just so happy to be at the barre. He wanted to do this for so long, but just recently had the courage to tell us. I am so proud of him for following his heart.

  25. How do I submit stories and items that I find to your “Boys & Ballet” website here???

    Do you have at least a direct e-mail address that one can use???

      • Boysballet
      • Posted March 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm
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      At the top of this page, click on the Submissions page. Readers can paste links to stories in the comment section.


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