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Stereotypes are often overrated Through my trials and tribulations in my life in the theater thus far I have learned that some people have a common misconception of males who participate in the arts Many guys including myself have been called gay or feminine just because we share a passion for dancing Why is dance looked upon as being a feminine profession Why is it so wrong for a guy to participate in this line of work Why does contemporary society view male dancers as being feminine I can remember one instance of an outsider expressing his views to me about guys that dance I was at my best friends brothers Bar Mitzvah and had once again taken control of the dance floor After I returned to my table my best friend introduced me to her Uncle She explained how we met doing a show together and how close we have become I noticed her Uncle giving me a strange look So youre into theater He finally said And I see that youre quite a dancer but have you remained straight What kind of a question was that I didnt know what to say Since when does being a male and being involved with the theater or dance make you gay This really irritated me 2 Only in America do boys feel that they need to defend their sexuality in order to be a dancer In Russia ballet is a major activity in which boys have participated and they are famous for having some of the most amazing talented and disciplined male dancers in the world Many parents would drive their sons to become dancers knowing that ballet dancing is an extremely noble and respectable profession Ballet became popular in Russia much later than the rest or Western Europe In 1698 Peter the Great decided to modernize his country after his return from an extended tour of the West He familiarized
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