Boys.Do.Ballet.Too

We set up this site to support and encourage young men who do ballet
and demystify the world of ballet for those who don't.

Quick Intro

Welcome to BoysDoBallet.com. No idea what a male ballet dancer does? Start by clicking here to see a video. Another stunner (the same dance - new version) here. Then click here to find out which celebrities were once ballet dancers.

On this site you will find:
FAQs for boys interested in ballet
FAQs before your first ballet lesson
Essential ballet clips
- Celebrities who did ballet
Profiles and interviews with male dancers (e.g. Angel Corella, Ilya Kuznetsov)
- Various pieces of relevant news and lots of fun/interesting miscellaneous posts.

Also no-nonsense guides to...
Choosing ballet schools for boys
Auditioning for vocational school
- What makes good feet (part 2)
Ballet shoes (part 2)
Tights
Dance Belts

New posts are added below. See the very bottom to navigate all categories.

NB Some posts will be in foreign languages! Scroll past to return to English...

New Interview Project

BoysDoBalletToo has been quiet for a while but we have a new interview project in the pipeline for 2013.


The internet has exploded with male ballet interviews over the last few years. There are some great resources out there. Our goal is to produce a series of interviews with professional dancers targeted at younger readers. We're going for a snappy, easy to read format so watch this space...!

Class Free School for Ballet

BDB contributor and our head Tweeter, Tim Stirrup has been attracting a lot of support for his plan to set up a boys only free school in London offering daily ballet classes.

Photo from BBC News Website

We'll post more news when we have it. In the mean time, read more from the BBC here and see the Class website here.

Excellent article about men in ballet

There are so many articles out there now about male ballet dancers we tend not to post them as a rule, but here is a really excellent interview with Ivan Putrov and Serge Polunin about their all-male show this week at Sadler's Wells called Men in Motion. There are interesting anecdotes from both dancers about their lives growing up as dancers. Read it here.


Sergei Polunin

The BBC yesterday reported that Sergei Polunin has resigned from the Royal Ballet without warning and with immediate effect. Three years ago, Polunin had been made the company's youngest ever principal, promoted at just 19.

Photo: Robbie Jack
Read the news here. I am sure a great many other accounts are already floating around the Internet (e.g. this one).

I highly recommend the fascinating interview with Polunin here. He has led an extraordinary life already. Perhaps he has quite the Royal Ballet to dedicate himself to that tattoo parlour?

Here are some clips. First, an open rehearsal of Voluntaries:



And here's a clip from Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (with Lauren Cuthbertson):


Derek Deane: the Simon Cowell of ballet

Here's a fun (if scary) little compilation of clips from last year's multipart documentary about English National Ballet called Agony & Ecstasy. Further to our previous post showing the ferocious choreographer Derek Deane in action, here is some more footage - easy to see how he has earnt a reputation as the Simon Cowell of ballet...

(The ballet is Swan Lake and the male dancer is Vadim Muntagirov. You can read an article about him here.)


Essential Clips: Tetsuya Kumakawa

We've already posted a set of clips from Japanese superstar, Tetsuya Kumakawa but here is another. This is absolutely jaw-dropping (you can see why some people call him 'cleaner than Baryshnikov'):