Dance normally is viewed as a feminine sport. A boy that is in dance will more than likely be made fun of by his peers at some point for being a dancer. Whether it is right or not, that is a fact of life.
If your son does want to dance there are many benefits. For one, dance allows an opportunity for a boy to express himself in a safe way. Dance is an expression of one’s self, and can be a constructive outlet.
Dancing can also be a great way for boys to get to know girls. There is a social trend for boys to not want to play with girls, and dancing allows this social behavior to be non-existent. Boys will have to interact with girls, and can continue to have a good relationship with them as they dance.
As the boy gets older, the more confident he will become. Girls who love to dance will really appreciate a boy who will get out on the dance floor and dance with them. If a guy knows how to dance he can most likely get any girl out there on the dance floor.
Dance is an expression of movement with the body. If a boy learns how to dance it is going to teach him how to control his body. Some dance instructors feel that this is an advantage that most boys don’t get, since they will have to be aware of their body, their thoughts, and multi-task when it does not naturally come to them.
Although there are many benefits for a boy learning how to dance, it does not come with out consequences. As mentioned above, there still continues to be a modern perception that dancing is a feminine activity. There really is no guarantee of how much teasing or abuse a boy will get for choosing to follow a dancing choice.
There are, however, some dancing styles that are seen as more “masculine”. Perhaps, if you or your son is worried about him being made fun of, start with a dancing style that requires a partner. These types of styles are usually more widely accepted, since a male part is needed for the dance routines. Then, let him branch out from there depending on how well he was treated and what type of dancing he enjoys.
It is important to change this perception that dancing is bad for boys. What are your opinions on boys dancing? What are your feelings, experiences, or tips of letting a boy join a dance class? Please comment.