General Dance Discussion > Why are male dancers so hard to find?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Dancer's Life, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Dancer's Life

    Dancer's Life New Member

    :confused:Why is it that in the world of dance, which men origanally created, that it is so hard to find a good and strong make dancer who has deticated his life to dance?:confused:
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    we do have a thread on this ...if you use the search function... and I would encourage anyone who wishes to answer to find that thread and continue the discussion there...thanks
  3. flashdance

    flashdance Active Member

    Where are you looking?
  4. Dancer's Life

    Dancer's Life New Member


    i am just generally saying. Because there are boys at my studio but theyy are hard to recrute!
  5. waltzguy

    waltzguy Active Member

    it's partly a societal/culture thing
  6. Dancer's Life

    Dancer's Life New Member


    Makes perfect sence but it is kind of weird!
  7. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Because professional athletes make more money than professional dancers.
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    again, unfortunate that most do not comprehend that there is nothing sexier to a woman than a man in a tailsuit (particularly one with a number pinned to the back).
  9. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who coached a dance team at a university for a while. He tells me that once guys realize that they can get a damn hard workout, without dealing with angry, sweaty, threatening behavior and the painful aspects of contact sports, while at the same time holding a girl in their arms, and she smells good and feels good, it becomes an easier sell. But it takes time for guys to figure this out. Clearly, some clever marketing needs to be done.
  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    correct...this does not seem to occur to most males without considerable coercion
  11. Spitfire

    Spitfire Well-Known Member

    This is certainly a common lament among women in the dance world. It is unfortunate that we live in a society where a general belief exists that dancing is just not suppose to be a "mans" thing.
  12. dTas

    dTas New Member

    on thing i think you should look at are the roles that men and women have in dancing. as we all know, women follow and men lead. it takes a different mindset to do either roll. i guess what i'm trying to say is that dancing is not the same for the men as it is for the women and that should be taken into account when wondering why there aren't as many men dancers as women.

    we all know how easy (relatively) it is for a good male dancer to "sweep a woman off her feet". even if the woman doesn't know how to dance. a good male dancer understands balance, power and connection well enough to lead a lady anywhere (and in any way) he would like (within reason).

    where the same can not be said for the reverse. a beginning male will only be able to dance to the best that he knows and can not dance any better no matter the partner he is dancing with. thus for men dancing is always going to be an uphill challenge to improve where for women there are times of relative enjoyment where they're privy to "a wonderful dance" every now and then. that really feeds the "dance soul".
  13. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    goods points....but that's only after you get them in the door...which I still think is the biggest obstacle
  14. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    They're hard to find?
  15. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    heh, you better be careful ww. Some of the women in dance world are rabid and deseprate about finding guys, and if you even hint that they shouldn't be having a problem, you might get more than you counted on. :)
  16. wonderwoman

    wonderwoman Well-Known Member

    I know. I have a talent of making comments that push buttons. It's my age I think.
  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    not certain that any woman in her right mind over the age of 40 is going to be rabid for a guy
  18. Br0nze

    Br0nze Active Member

    Dancing is viewed as more of a feminine activity than a masculine activity in the eyes of many (but not all). There are stereotypes that have to be overcome and myths that have to be debunked. Once the myths are dispelled, and the man sees dancing for what it truly is as opposed to what he thinks it is, it's most likely that the male will fall in love with dancing faster than the woman (I've seen it happen).

    It's just that there are misconceptions about dancing that exist and most males use those misconceptions as excuses to not come anywhere near a dance studio. Once society dispells all this b.s that surrounds it, male dancers won't be hard to find.

    I myself was victim of the stereotypes and misconceptions, and I am very sorry that I chose to listen to them as opposed to opening my eyes. I learned to not have stereotypes and misconceptions after I began dancing, along with other many positive "side-effects."

    It's all in how it is presented to the male, I'd argue.
  19. kayak

    kayak Active Member

    Age doesn't seem to have much to do with rabid desire for the opposite sex :cool:
  20. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    meh...I think alot of women over 40 would disagree with you but maybe I just hang with the cynics

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