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Friday, January 27, 2006

Have We Run Out of Seahawks Human Interest Stories Already?

Posted by on January 27 at 9:42 AM

Most of the front page of the Seattle Times today—above the fold, with a huge photo—is given over to a story about a 16 year-old male ballet dancer who has an important audition on the Sunday of the Superbowl. He’s a Seahawks fan, you see, like so many other 16 year-old boy ballet dancers, and his dance belt is in a bunch about this.

Craig Hall has trained most of his life for this moment — a chance to earn a spot in the School of American Ballet’s summer course. For the 16-year-old who started dancing at 5, it would be a giant step toward his goal of joining the New York City Ballet.

His audition, however, is at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5 — the same time his beloved Seattle Seahawks will be playing in Super Bowl XL. He has waited a long time for that moment, too.

“It’s awful,” said Hall, of Woodinville.

With a charming innocence, Hall asked his instructor at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School whether he thought it would be OK to write a letter asking if the time for the audition could be moved.

I was a 16 year-old boy ballet dance once—really—and I don’t recall any of my, er, peers being the least bit interested in the Chicago Bears. Or all that charmingly innocent either. Clearly times, and boy ballet dancers, have changed.

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I was a 16 year-old boy ballet dance once—really—

And you're a top?

Just cuz you were a gay boy who didn't care about football doesn't mean EVERY gay boy felt the same way. When I was a 16 y.o. gay boy (decades ago), I played and loved football. Still do. We're not all stereotypes.

WelI, I wasn't one when I was a a 16 year-old ballet dancer. It was one of reasons I stopped, though.

I guess that movies like Center Stage and Billy Elliott are really helping to change the stereotype about male ballet dancers.

Does anyone think the male dancer shown at the end of Billy Elliott isn't gay?

And what's wrong with that stereotype anyway? And, yes, some gay men are football fans. But I can't imagine a Ven Diagram of Football Fans and Ballet Dancers—male and female—would show much overlap.

That's part of what made the Seattle Times story so funny/odd. If the male teen ballet community is excited about the game, then, by God, absolutely everyone is.

Dude! Didn't you know that, like, NASCAR is totally sponsoring teen ballet now? You ain't done lived 'til you seen "Chaw Lake" performed by the troupe where all members don Dale Earnhardt masks and firesuits. (Spoiler: he dies in the end)

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