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Busting Stereotypes (and Moves) With #BoysDanceToo

After a GMA host caused controversy when she mocked Prince George's ballet classes, hundreds of dancers showed up to support the community. Dancer Alex Wong spoke to Brut about breaking stereotypes about boys and dance. 🕺

Male dancers rally around Prince George

Alex Wong was one of the 300 dancers who met for a ballet class in Times Square after a host made a snide comment about Prince George taking ballet. Lara Spencer outlined Prince George's curriculum on Good Morning America. “Religious studies, computer programming, poetry, and ballet, among other things. Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you Prince William, we’ll see how long that lasts.” Prince William has previously spoken of his son George's 'love' for dance, which he has found since enrolling in lessons, which evidently has touched him given his mother Princess Diana's love for dance, too.

To show how inaccurate that statement is, dancers, including the cast of Cher the broadway musical, assembled outside GMA's studios in New York City's Times Square that Monday for a live morning ballet recital. One of the many male dancers to join the demonstration, Alex Wong, posted a clip of the routine on Instagram, claiming 300 dancers had shown up. Celebs and dancers weighed in to call out the remarks and share their message of support for #BoysDanceToo. Spencer did later apologize, saying she “screwed up.”

Wong, who studied ballet since 10-years-old, became a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance?” and principal soloist with the Miami City Ballet. Wong shared what he would have told his younger self. “There's an entire dance world out, there there's an entire art world out there that appreciates dance and appreciates what you do and it's just like train hard and like get out of there and just like live your life it's going to be amazing.” A clip of the anchor in conversation with high-profile male dancers then aired, showing Spencer listening as they each shared prejudice and negative stereotyping they had encountered growing up dancing. 'It has been a true education for me,' Spencer said.

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08/30/2019 10:19 AM

121 comments

  • Pelagia H.
    06/27/2020 10:54

    lara needs to apologise or close her mouth and engage her brain! some of the most famous, accomplished dancers in the world have been men!

  • Beverley I.
    05/26/2020 18:21

    Leave George alone you crabby cow. Hands off the children

  • Domitília R.
    03/04/2020 16:24

    Fantástico!😊

  • Jay M.
    03/04/2020 14:08

    Do a lot of little boys tune into Laura? I think this is great, not necessary to target 1 specific individual as the bad guy, but other than that it's pretty cool. It sounds a lot like every single thing women try to do so I can empathize. Dance on boys.

  • Mia B.
    03/04/2020 13:49

    So few people in this world got the strength (physically and mentally) and discipline to do ballet. I got nothing but mad respect for ballet dancers - male or female. You do you <3

  • Tina O.
    03/04/2020 13:07

    People have some strange ideas about what careers both men and women should take. I never understood why it was ok for men to enjoy ballroom dancing, disco dancing etc but not the ballet. I love ballet and I remember a football team in the UK doing ballet to strengthen their legs and balance. Male dancers are extremely strong lets face it lifting a female high on stage in a dance sequence is not for the faint hearted male of the species....is it? As a kid my Mum who was a great dancer and use to love the old hollywood musicals would sit enthralled by Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire and no one took the piss out of them did they? Male ballet dancers have more muscles in their little fingers than most men have in their entire bodies !!!!!! Oh and the American who made the snide comment....it's called being born pig ignorant just like the orange baboon America has in its WH.

  • Nickie A.
    11/19/2019 22:50

    Mohammed you can be fit like those ballet men no day just look at yohrself

  • Fabricio M.
    09/30/2019 02:44

    😍🙌🏻 miraaa

  • Ivone M.
    09/29/2019 22:06

    Ballet is for everyone! Ballet is a beautiful uplifting art and those who laughs are clueless of what they are missing.

  • Carla A.
    09/29/2019 20:36

    Si danzar te hace feliz, danza nunca pares de ser feliz.

  • Orkidē H.
    09/29/2019 04:11

    I hate bullies. She uses her notoriety to spread hatred and bigotry. She should be ashame of herself.

  • Maria P.
    09/28/2019 21:04

    Lara.... te equivocaste!!!!!

  • Myriam H.
    09/28/2019 06:28

    😍

  • Mdm A.
    09/28/2019 01:08

    A good t.v host would never make a snide comment to make people laugh...that is very incompetent and inappropriate!

  • Kader A.
    09/27/2019 23:28

    Negzou 😐

  • Kilyan
    09/27/2019 03:05

    I actually want to be one

  • Juan R.
    09/26/2019 21:10

    I do ballet class too here in the Philippines

  • J'emie A.
    09/25/2019 20:29

    Shuta Si Karen Davila yan ah! Hahahaha

  • Arminda N.
    09/25/2019 19:24

    Deben hacer la publicacion con traducion al Español

  • Romar C.
    09/25/2019 07:34

    We Wong's love dancing 😌

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