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Why it’s Time to Stop Saying “My Dancers”

While the phrase “my dancers” may not deliberately subjugate dancers, the notion of ownership over other bodies, their work and their ideas is linked to patriarchal traditions and the legacy of slavery. With that in mind, the linguistic habit, used mostly as a shorthand—or even a term of endearment—becomes rather alarming.

Why Is There Still a Stigma Surrounding Boys Who Dance?

What is it about men in tights that makes people react so irrationally? Especially here in the U.S., men are ridiculed and demeaned for choosing to dance, particularly in ballet. Boys are bullied, called f****t and labeled as “homo,” hostile charges that impale the soul. I remember quite clearly classmates and even my own family […]

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