DANCE IS A PURE EXPRESSION OF BODIES AND SOULS, IT'S AN ACTIVITY THAT REPRESENTS THE INNER BEAT, IT'S THE SINCEREST EXPRESSION OF THE HUMAN FORCE AND VIGOR EMBRACED BY THE MALE DANCERS WHO ARE ICONIC LEADERS OF THE BEAUTY.
Dancing is a common part of our personal engagement in the society and it’s an example of the behavior we undertake in the world we live in. So, in the same way we breathe, we speak, we love, we shout, at the same exact way we dance too. We dance in order to express the scariest and the happiest feelings that we hide; but we dance also to develop a sensual and vital relationship with our inner bodies. We dance in order to grow.
The art of dance is a unique form of expression, employing a universal body language that everyone understands. From ballet to contemporary, from hip-hop to salsa, and from oriental to flamenco, dance is a sincere worldwide renown language. In this fascinating environment in which ballet dancers are hold to tyrannical body standards, the common viewer is delighted by the essence of perfection that in the male bodies reaches the highest standards. In a society that is dealing with a “crisis of masculinity”, male dancers are the response to the search of the beauty of the male vigor not perceived as a negative endorsement but instead as a powerful representation of human strength.
In the XIXth century, the prejudice about men who dance developed. With Romanticism and the invention of “points”, women became ballet’s true stars and ballet itself became their prerogative. Men, who till then had dominated the dance world, began to leave it, and by the end of the century almost completely disappeared. The stigma had its foundations in the increasingly dominant bourgeois culture, who at the beginning was perceived as the main representative of this art and who thanks to a more interest to sport as leisure activity, made the art of dance less valued.
Moreover, male dancers were challenging bourgeois expectations concerning what a man should or should not do with his body. The male dancers exploited, and still do, their bodies in order to express emotions and feelings: a shame with which a man, as a supremely rational individual, should not soil his hands. Self-control, moreover, rests on the masculine side of the gender dichotomy: in modern mainstream discourse, men are in need to proof their vigor and their position in the society. A change can be empowered by the male dancers. It can. It must.
Looking in the past, well known male dancers have revolutionized the world.Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the most talented male ballet dancers in history; perhaps even the greatest: thanks to his amazing ability to defy gravity with his magnificent leaps, and also for his ability of intense characterization. Gene Kelly was one of the biggest stars and greatest innovators during Hollywood’s golden age of musicals. His own style was a hybrid of various approaches to dance, including modern, ballet, and tap.
Kelly brought dance to theaters, every possible surface, every sweeping camera angle to break out of the two-dimensional limitation of film, changing so, the music video industry.Mikhail Baryshnikov, limited in roles by his stature, highly intelligent and creative, played a key role in making ballet part of popular culture back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
Rudolf Nureyev, born in Russia, became a soloist for the Kirov Ballet at the age of twenty. His performances mesmerized audiences. Known for having an impulsive personality, he used his rebellious streak to shine in his choreography, stoling so the spotlight from his female counterparts.Dance is the most expressive form of beauty and change and we must nourish it. Endlessly.