Breaking the Stereotype

Jordyn Larsen, Journalist

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  In a sea of femininity, one man stands alone. PVHS senior Chris Geer is the star of the show when it comes to the high school Dance Team. While many believe dance should be left to the girls, Chris proves otherwise.

  Evidently it is a common thing for boys to be encouraged to dance, but what is it that actually makes them do it? “The first time I’ve ever seen break dancing was in the movie Beatstreet,” Chris says. “My dad introduced me to the movie and he taught me.”

  Despite the obvious gender differences and it’s 13 year female streak, the Pahrump Valley Dance Team is a family. They work together to encourage everyone to dance if that is their true passion. As Geer says, “I try to be my best hoping [other] boys will join.”

  Boys add a brand new element to an all girls dance team. For one, females lack physical strength in certain parts of their body and also, to state the obvious, it heats up the chemistry in the dance routine. “Guys typically have different styles and it helps [us] become more rounded and open minded,” says junior dancer Shelby Ledford.

  It is true that females possess different qualities in dance than a male, but one does not dominate the other. Males generally have stronger arms while females are strengthened in their legs; because of this, girls are generally seen as natural dancers. Meanwhile, boys only enjoy other “manly” activities like basketball and wrestling.

  In fact, having a guy on an all-girls dance team is a huge advantage. Chris being the first boy ever on the PVHS Team has has much to offer his feminine companions. “Since he is the first boy ever to be on the team,” says Ledford ,” he contributes new elements and styles, plus he’s a great friend.”

  Evidently there are teams all over the country that consist solely of men (e.g. all male “grand champions” Louisville High School from Kentucky) that have won several National Awards for their impeccable skill and precision in dance. Not to mention the famous Hip-Hop legends the  Jabbawokeez have starred countless times on hit dancing TV shows. Even less famous male dancers, but just as gifted, such as Mark Ballas and Sasha Farber, have become successful in their abilities as performers.

  As uncommon as it is to come across a male dancer who is as passionate as Chris Geer, it is rather attractive to young women when they find a talented masculine dance partner. A guy that can move is a guy with self confidence and the ability to enjoy himself. Not only does that capture a girl’s attention, but it forms a tight connection when two people are spending time together.

  Realistically, the reactions to a skilled male dancer is always bright and enthusiastic simply because he can do something that a lot of others cannot. For one, Chris’s break dancing skills jazzes up every school dance and adds a new spark of life to the party. And of course, the competition is on when people go head to head when the music begins.    

About the Writer
Jordyn Larsen, Journalist

As a former band member, I am extremely passionate about music and I love to dance. Currently, I am on the PVHS Dance Team and I play the clarinet, oboe...


3 Responses to “Breaking the Stereotype”

  1. Angela a on November 22nd, 2017 9:00 am

    I agree with Jordyn Larsen’s article because It is uncommon to see a male dancer especially when
    “boys only enjoy other “manly” activities like basketball and wrestling . I think there should be more male students who dance and express their feelings with dance instead of violence. However i don’t agree that having a male on the dance team captures just the girls attention it captures everyone’s in reality.

  2. Shelby Ledford on January 19th, 2018 1:54 pm

    As a fellow dancer, I agree with many points made in this article. Dance isn’t just for girls; there are many male dancers that are just as successful and they contribute a lot to the world of dance. Many of my favorite professional dancers happen to be guys- adding interesting elements to all styles and make great partners for the girls. All in all, this is a great article about dance stereotypes!

  3. Damon Petersen on February 9th, 2018 9:19 am

    Many points are made in this article. This article is very intriguing to me. The fact that Chris has that much self confidence, it shows the courage and the love he has for dancing. Getting out in front of the terrifying school audience knowing one could judge another, he still gets up there and dances like there is no tomorrow. “Having a guy on an all-girls dance team is a huge advantage” which is very true because a boy on the dance team brings a different field of interest to the students. This article is very well written, and I enjoyed reading this article very much.

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