Czech Culture & Adaptation Multicultural Family

Pirouetting past gender

August 21, 2009
boy in ballet shoes in front of bar

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Fighting an age-old cultural stigma of the male ballet dancer

For the past 2 years, my daughter Anna Lee has attended a weekly ballet class. Dressed in a pink leotard, tights and a tutu, she skips, leaps, sashays and curtseys in time to Czech children’s musical tunes. Far from becoming the next Anna Pavlova, Anne Lee is learning basic coordination, posture and rhythm as well as mental concentration that may improve her sporting and creative endeavors later on.

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