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At first glance, being a male dancer comes with serious perks. After all, since fewer boys than girls study dance, men are often in demand when it comes time for casting, and male students are also far more likely to get scholarships to prestigious dance schools and summer intensives.
But many boys give up on their dance training because of the struggles that come with it. From experiencing bullying and homophobic remarks to feeling forced to project as stereotypically masculine, being a young boy in dance is far from easy. To shed some light on these issues, Dance Spirit asked five male professional dancers to share their experiences and offer the advice they wish they'd received as students.
Zendaya as Zoe Stevens in "Zapped" (David Bukach/Disney Enterprises)
The Disney Channel has launched tons of young performers' careers. Some of our favorite celebs started out as dancers on the platform back in the day. Here are five OG Disney dance kids we're still obsessed with.
Because if her Vegas show is any indication, this musical is going to be all dance, all the time. (Denise Truscello, courtesy Caesars Entertainment)
Yes, you read that right: The Britney Spears musical is officially happening, and we are SHOOK! In addition to having perhaps the most fabulous title in the history of musical titles—Once Upon a One More Time (!!!)—it also features choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid, which means it's sure to be super dancy. So, which dancers are going to bring it to life? Here are seven we're hoping will be cast in the show.
Pretty much every dancer—even the bendiest!—wants to be more flexible. We'll be trying to get that perfect tilt 'til the day we die. Looking for a little inspiration as you work out your splits? Here are 7 dancers whose flexibility is the definition of #goals.