Our society still see dancing as a girl’s activity, while little boys would be off playing soccer. This year’s World Cup showed anyone with a doubt that women can play soccer just as well and #boysdancetoo is proving men belong in the dance community. Here is a list of 6 male dancers to follow on Instagram.
On September 22, Lara Spencer, host of Good Morning America, made fun of Prince George’s schedule including ballet dancing which he reportedly “absolutely loves.” Her comments towards the British prince made the dance community angry and many male dancers shared their stories of bullying (or simply images of their art) online with #boysdancetoo. Lara Spence has apologized (at least twice) but the #boysdancetoo has kept on being trending, showing the scope of discrimination towards male dancers. On Monday, 300 dancers took part in a flashmob outside the GMA studios on Times Square. Some male dancers are proving everyday on Instagram that, yes, #boysdancetoo.
Benjamin Millepied @benjaminmillepied
Benjamin Millepied is a French dancer and choreographer. While most widely known for choreographing and starring in the movie Black Swan (2010), Millepied has a full and impressive dance career. He joined the New York City Ballet in 1995 and became principal dancer in 2002. He then founded the L.A. Dance Project company in 2011 and became the director of dance of the Paris Opera Ballet in 2014 (until 2016). All throughout his career, he has choreographed for many prestigious companies.
Hugo Marchand @humarchand
Hugo Marchand joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 2011 and accessed the most prestigious rank of principal dancer in 2017. The same year, he won a Benois de la Dance, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, that takes placec in Moscow.
Shale Wagman @shalewagman
Shale Wagman might only be 19 but he won the Best Young Talent Prize at the Prix de Lausanne 2018. The young Canadian just finished his first professional dancer season at the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg.
Sean Lew @seanlew
American dancer and choreographer, Sean Lew only 17. He became a sensation when dancing to Lady Gaga’s Applause and then he appeared on Glee (at only 8). He is hugely popular online and never ceases to amaze his followers.
Hamilton Evans @mrhamiltonevans
If you’re not into ballet, Hamilton Evans shares videos from his dance classes. Choreographer and dance instructor, he is based in Los Angeles and teaches at Playground & Millennium Dance Complex.
The Williams Family @thewilliamsfam
What’s better than one dancer? Four, probably. The Williams Family is an Instagram account made up of four brothers who love to dance together and put together choreographies.
Here you go, from classic or modern to hip-hop, from star dancers to upcoming talents. These are, of course, only a small selection of the many, many, talented male dancers out there achieving their dreams and sharing their talent through Instagram.
Article by Juliette Cardinale