Wednesday, December 24, 2008

What Its Like to Be a Male Dancer in 2008

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I've been away lately, moving back home to DC after finishing graduate school in Boston. But, I'm back and want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. 

Today, I came across a  interview with three Mark Morris male dancers who describe their experiences of growing up and choosing a career in dance. All dancers feel emotional and physical pain and pressure, but male dancers have the added layer of physiological complexity of choosing a career that is considered feminine. 

Listen to John Heginbotham, David Leventhal and Bradon McDonald speak candidly about the support from their families, the hardships and the portrayal of these experiences in the new broadway musical Billy Elliot. 

You can listen to the interview here. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for this! It is great hearing this in the dancers' own words. And hearing that these men had support and did not experience trauma as a result of their dancing is encouraging!


  2. Nichelle,

    Isn't it interesting...I was truly amazed by the support they received. Thank goodness. It would be much more difficult to drive the art forward without the strength and beauty of male dancers.

  3. Agreed!

    And thanks for adding me to your blog list, by the way!