What makes a man a “MAN”?
It’s a fact that young people today, are under more pressures than ever before, to excel not only academically, but socially, from the youngest of ages.
The internet has revolutionised their ability to study, giving access to learning, never before imagined, and the growth in popularity of social media sites, means that they can “talk to friends” all over the World…… 24/7. However, this opportunity to acquire knowledge and “be connected”, that the world wide web now offers, at the touch of a button, also presents a darker and more sinister side.
Constant images of “perfection” are freely available for them to measure themselves against; with numerous “apps” being created specifically to help enhance one’s physical appearance. This can have very negative results, for young people who don’t happen to fit into that stereotype of “perfection.” The relatively new concept of “cyber-bullying” is being constantly reported in the media especially, when it leads to tragic consequences, and ever increasingly, this applies to boys just as much as it does to girls. It would seem that men and boys are undergoing a gender identity crisis, and the incidence of male suicide is growing alarmingly as a result; it’s now the primary cause of death for men under the age of 45.
The pressure to look good, get a job, be popular, cope with debt, carve a career, provide for the family etc…..can often seem overwhelming and studies show that men have less of an ability to talk about such things, than women do. Young male dancers, in particular during their adolescence, often find themselves at the sharp end of this bullying phenomenon, and give up any hope, of a career in that profession accordingly.
A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to the project, “Dance for Life“ that we are currently working on, in conjunction with Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes CIC. Its about introducing young people to the concept that movement through dance, in addition to participation in conventional sporting activities, can enhance their physical and mental well-being; but it’s also designed to help take away the stigma that its not manly to like to dance, beyond a seven year old sliding across the floor at his older sisters wedding!
That’s why we are so pleased to welcome to the stadium this Friday the young men below:-
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