I’ve been meaning to write this post for a little while, but I’ve been a little busy (these things happen!). A few weeks ago I noticed an article about the Royal family that interested me. To be honest I’m not huge fan of the Royals, but as individuals they do come across as decent people.
The interesting article I read was about how Prince William has signed up his son, George, to ballet classes. Apparently George has a passion for dance and specifically ballet, which his parents are happily supporting. I think it’s great that George’s parents are not worried about gender norms and what society thinks, especially considering they’re in the spotlight so much.
My 4 year old son also loves ballet and goes into his lesson once a week. Before they head into class the children all queue up together and I can’t help but notice that it’s a complete sea of pink aside one multicoloured boy. Occasionally he likes to wear a tutu, but mostly he just wears a colourful pair of leggings and his orange t-shirt with a ballerina on the front.
I wish more boys took ballet lessons, there are only another 2 or 3 in the whole of the dance school my son is at. Last year there was one other boy in his class, but this year it’s just him. Which is such a shame as I do think it would be great if more boys would get into dancing and ballet in particular. It’s a great discipline for all children, helping them to work on strength and endurance amongst other things.
Apparently a lot of male football players have studied ballet in the past, one of the best known is Rio Ferdinand. Ballet can help with many skills required on the football pitch, so it’s strange to think that other boys haven’t thought about taking ballet classes to improve their football skills. Although our 4 year old doesn’t currently play football, it’s definitely on the cards. He loves to kick a ball about and has been asking about learning football when he’s older. We just need to work out which of his many afternoon activities to drop to add in football!
So although my son is currently the only boy in his ballet class, I really hope that we see some other boys join in soon. It seems like it’s much more accepting for girls to join groups that were traditionally considered male activities, but much harder for a boy to break into those though of as ‘girls’ activities. I’m glad he has chosen to take ballet for the moment and we will continue to support him and his brother in whatever activities they love, no matter what society thinks.