I’m a journalist and author currently writing 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 eleven years. Now 14, he spends six, sometimes seven, days a week in the dance studio practicing mostly ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, tap, and break dancing. He 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. He’s known what he wanted to be since he was quite young; in fact, he asked to dance at age three and hasn’t stopped since.
I realized what a difficult road it was for young male dancers to hoe early on in Julian’s career. So, now I’m interviewing some of the top male dancers out there and asking 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.