Can you tell me what a male ballet dancer is called?
That’s exactly what they are called – male dancers! Originally in Italy they were known as ‘ballerinos’ but this was never used outside of that country. In France they are called ‘danseurs’ and this is occasionally used in other countries, but in English speaking countries the regular term is simply ‘male dancers’. In The Australian Ballet they are also know by the rank they have obtained in the company – corps de ballet, coryphée, soloist, senior artist and our top rank, principal artist. You can learn more about our male dancers on our website.
My nine-year-old son Orlando is only one of two boys enrolled in our local small town dance school. Although he is extremely dedicated, how can we encourage his continuing involvement in dance during future years when his resolve may be tested?
The main problem with learning dance in a small town dance school is the lack of competition for male dancers. Males need to feel challenged so that they do not lose interest. As there is only one other male in the school, I suggest that you stimulate his interest with DVDs of dance, especially ones where the male dancers exhibit athletic as well as aesthetic excellence . It would also be a good idea if his teacher occasionally rewarded his hard work by allowing him to join a higher class. Finally, ask the teacher of the school to join The Australian Ballet Buddies programme. This allows the students of the school to correspond with a company dancer and, when the occasion arises, meet with them. More information can be found on our website .
You can email your ballet questions to Colin at [email protected]