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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.

Brut.

08/30/2019 10:19 AM
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  • Douaa N.
    08/30/2019 11:05

    It turns to be like we talk about necessity of equality between Boys and Girls ! 😂 so funny Take it easy , just somethings are made for girls and if a boy will do it , that won't be a catastrophy but at least we should accept that it won't be same balance and elegance that a girl have . " I talk about this case specially "

  • Aurelia N.
    08/30/2019 12:01

    I still support firing her.

  • Candace B.
    08/30/2019 12:58

    68 and still love to dance. Why shouldnt the boys and men? Who would i dance with? Lara

  • Brut
    08/30/2019 13:13

    Special thanks to !

  • Michael C.
    08/30/2019 13:21

    Patrick Swayze dance and he beloved by all

  • Kit M.
    08/30/2019 13:39

    Hasn't the GMA Host ever heard of Mikhail Barishnikov? (Sorry if I misspelled that)

  • Maria C.
    08/30/2019 13:52

    Thank you Brut and Alex Wong for helping my baby boy see that his love of dance is totally normal! ❤❤❤❤

  • Brut
    08/30/2019 14:03

    You may have watched the "Evolution of Dance" on a clunky desktop computer in 2006. Here’s the story of the original viral YouTube star. �2

  • Dian V.
    08/30/2019 15:06

    GMA - REALLY you don't know football or dance or Olympic track.! WILLIE GAULT. Maybe you just don't know men who are athletes or the skills used in ballet. "Wide Receiver Willie Gault Becomes the First Dancing Bear to Perform with Chicago's Ballet". of the greats of all time #Vols #Bears

  • Sharon R.
    08/30/2019 15:12

    Good for them, when you think of great dancers most of them are men; Rudolf,, Patrick, Mikhail, and so on, narrow minds are the ones who start bullying.

  • Ghosha M.
    08/30/2019 15:34

    Love this the way people can come out for one another! Thank you to all you dancers...you bring so joy hope and love to the world.

  • Caroline L.
    08/30/2019 21:25

    C'est magnifique la créativité ça nous élève vers le meilleur.

  • Suzanne K.
    08/30/2019 22:59

    And will help you be extremely fit!

  • Betsy R.
    08/31/2019 00:25

    GMA LARA HAS TO GO HER TIME ITS UP ! She’s so phony Not cool !! Everyone men women who ever keep on DANCING 💃

  • Nevin S.
    08/31/2019 00:31

    cucks

  • Isabel B.
    08/31/2019 05:27

    Omg, nobody can say anything with out people putting spins on it blowing it way out of proportion smh

  • ကာရံ ိ.
    08/31/2019 16:06

    ေနေကာင္းလား

  • Ken I.
    08/31/2019 16:08

    So proud that Edwin made that video! Awesome that he embraces dance and all the other things he wants to do. Silly comment by the reporter but a positive outcome.

  • Olivia R.
    08/31/2019 17:04

    Narrow minded uneducated people. Everybody should dance.

  • Kate R.
    08/31/2019 22:30

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!! So. BEAUTY-FULL.💥💫👑💜