Dance Articles > Men “don’t feel as awkward” dancing thanks to Emmitt Smith

Discussion in 'Dance Articles' started by Beto, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. Beto

    Beto Active Member

    Dancing with the Stars 3 winner Emmitt Smith has had an effect on men everywhere: His extreme masculinity has allowed them to embrace the previously feminine pastime of ballroom dancing.

    For example, 40-year-old Jay Pintor tells the AP that he “definitely wasn’t into it. But then you see this big football player doing it — I mean, you don’t get much manlier than Emmitt. I just don’t feel as awkward anymore.”

    Another man, 46-year-old Steve Hill, says, “It was inspiring to see this rough and tough guy not just surviving, but excelling. Now I figure, if I want to do it, I should do it. Let the stigma be for the viewers, not the doers.”
    Notice how both men only say the word “it,” not daring to utter the phrase “ballroom dancing,” lest they suddenly grow vaginas.

    But their avoidance of the phrase makes sense in the context of a Wisconsin construction worker’s story. Kris Gehring tells the AP that his colleagues called him “Twinkletoes” because “he now takes ballroom dancing lessons.” Kind of strange that Wisconsin lets five-years-old boys who are insecure about their penises work construction.

    A San Jose dance studio manager agrees that Emmitt Smith has had a positive impact on the sport; his dance studio has seen increased enrollment due to what the AP calls the “Emmitt Effect.” Bobby Gonzalez says, “Lots of guys didn’t really give credit to how much (dancing is) a sport, how athletic it can be. But Emmitt definitely proved it is.”

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  2. reb

    reb Active Member

    Hey, I know Bobby - great guy and great dancer!
  3. chachachacat

    chachachacat Well-Known Member


    It's about time, guys.
  4. saludas

    saludas New Member

    Glad Emmit 'showed the way'. Too bad most US males aren't secure enough in their manhood to do something they want to do unless another guy tells them it's 'ok' to do it.
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    goodness saludas, how unfounded
  6. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    I don't find that inaccurate at all.
  7. SlowDancer

    SlowDancer New Member

    I want my DH to read that article. Five years together and he steadfastly refuses to even take a few lessons. I've tried bribery and all sorts of trickery but nothing works. Of course, I would rather NOT drag a man kicking and screaming onto a dance floor.

    Thanks for sharing, Beto.
  8. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Ha! Tell him he's not half the man Emmit is. ;)
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    mmm, odd...I don't know a single man over the age of maybe 25 who feels this way or needs another guy's opinion
  10. caityrosey

    caityrosey New Member

    I'm pretty sure they're mostly referring to the need for social support and reinforcement for a behavior/activity that, in our culture, is still a little outside-the-box for the mainstream concept of "proper masculine behavior." Clearly, however, things are changing.
  11. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure this is limited to US males, and I'm glad you at least used the word "most" rather than not at all. This could be a cross-cultural phenomena, and peer pressure is something we all face at various times during our life. I'm glad Emmit seems to be having a positive effect as well. :cool:
  12. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    Ayuh, dragging won't work. Say something like, "Hey honey, I saw an article today about how Emmit Smith's manly approach to dancing is helping guys see how it is ok to learn dance. I know you haven't had an interest in this before, and that's ok, but could you maybe sometime give it a try with me?" Worst he'll say is "no".
  13. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    I'd say you could be very correct, and I hope it continues. :D
  14. alemana

    alemana New Member


  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I'm sure you're right...I just don't happen to know any men over the age of 25 who give a fig
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    or try my signature line...and buy him a tailsuit;)
  17. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    :nope: Nope, V-Day is coming and we'd prefer to give things like flowers, chocolate, lingerie, fine wine, a dinner for two either homecooked or out, maybe even a night of dancing! :raisebro:
  18. caityrosey

    caityrosey New Member

    I know some. I sit near a whole bunch of them in my department. :)
  19. caityrosey

    caityrosey New Member

    They're very much the "manly-sports" types. Manly sports mostly referring to football, hockey and other things like that.
  20. DancePoet

    DancePoet Well-Known Member

    They really give figs? :shock: Whatever happened to giving something more romantic? ;) :lol:

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