I’m a journalist and author hoping one day soon to write a book meant to mentor young boys (age 10-17) who dream of becoming professional dancers.
I have a son, Julian, who has been dancing for since he was three years old. At 14, he spent six, sometimes seven, days a week in the dance studio practicing mostly ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and break dancing. His junior year of high school he decided to pursue only ballet. The next year, his senior year in high school, he moved to New York City, to attend the School of American Ballet. From there, he went on to live his dream. He’s now a corps member at SemperOper Ballett in Dresden German.
When he was younger, he had dreams of being an all-around dancer and possibly even becoming a triple threat — singing, acting and dancing his way to stardom on Broadway or in movies. In high school, he decided he wanted to just dance and then to just dance ballet. Now, he says he might still like to act and dance in movies one day.
I realized what a difficult road it was for young male dancers to hoe early on in Julian’s career. So, when I have time, I interview some of the top male dancers and ask them to offer their best advice and their worst experiences and their tips for surviving the tough early years so young boys who want to follow in their footsteps will have the strength, inspiration and tools to do so.
This blog is meant to chronicle my struggles, what I have learned and my experiences with my son in the hope that maybe I can mentor some other parents of young boys who want to dance. I also hope to mentor some dancin’ boys along the way.