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Boys, Dance and Gender Stereotypes in the Arts

Billy Elliott, as performed by David Alvarez (Photo:

For reasons surely rooted in rather silly gender expectations and stereotyping, boys typically do not dance. Call it the Billy Elliott Dilemma: If you actually want to dance, make sure that you hide it.

Andrew Swensen discusses the world of dance, the nature of artistic voice, and half of the population that has been kept out of a world of artistic expression because of gender stereotypes, in his article “Boys, Dance and Gender Stereotypes” (click link to read the full article)

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