Dance On Film ~ Danseur

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Library Hall
The award-winning documentary that addresses exactly what it is like to be a boy in ballet

Enter any dance studio in the United States and the classes will be brimming with little bunheads dreaming of crossing the stage at Lincoln Center. But you will be hard pressed to find a single boy among them. Danseur explores why in a country that strives for gender equality, where young women are encouraged to cross the gender barrier and participate in male-dominated fields, especially by their parents, does this disparity exist? Why is it more socially acceptable for parents (fathers in particular) to encourage their sons to participate in all other physical pursuits (ie: sports, fitness) but not the ballet? A recent survey revealed that nearly 96% of male ballet dancers stated that they faced physical or verbal attacks because of dance.  Told through the first-person accounts of nearly two-dozen danseurs, tells the sometimes gut wrenching stories of what it like to be gender stereotyped, bullied and outcast in pursuit of your dreams.

Run Time: 

70 minutes

About Dance On Film

This Dance On Film series is presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre. Perry-Mansfield is the oldest continuously operating arts camp in the United States. Steamboat Dance Theatre is a community dance organization that produces an annual concert in addition to year-round dance scholarships and education programs in Yampa Valley schools. This collaborative and educational dance film series with the Bud Werner Memorial Library features free screenings of the hottest new dance documentaries along with the finest classic dance films from a variety of genres filmed throughout the ages.