Boys, You’ve Got This!

That’s right, you guys are every bit as good as girl ballroom/dancesport dancers and just as highly respected.  Now I get it, that girls may take to dancing sooner or quicker when they are young.  It seems that when girls like to dance, they get their friends involved and girls can just dance with each other and be happy.  It’s funny about boys, they either have to be exposed to dance somehow or be born to dance.  Guys, if it’s in your blood, and you are meant to dance; ballroom/dancesport could be your ticket.  They say that there are more women than men in the world, and that can be a good thing for you dancers. I remember going to one competition and a young girl was dancing with her dance teacher.  She couldn’t find a dance partner.  There are definitely more girl dancers then boy ballroom dancers, and that gives you guys the advantage.

I know that sometimes boys in school can be kind of mean and make fun of a boy that wants to dance, yet alone want to ballroom

dance. Don’t let peer pressure get you down.  Let me assure you now, if you rise to the top, those same boys will be saying, “I used to know that guy.”  So for you lucky guys, who have found your pleasure in dance, you are ahead of the crowd.  Just think, while others are going to the gym, you don’t have to think about exercise in that way at all.  When you dance, you are using every muscle in the body, so you are automatically working out and learning skills on top of it!  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Yes, some of the most famous dancers in the world are men such as, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Michael Jackson.  The Fordney Foundation funds an annual scholarship at Brigham Young University and in 2014 it was won by Casey Treu.  Casey is an amazing ballroom dancer. Read all about how he won this prestigious Dancesport Championship at:  That was an interview I truly enjoyed and Casey tells how he first got involved in dance.

I would also like to mention and pay tribute to our “hair model” in Video #3 below.  His name is Sergiu Rusu and he was lucky enough to meet our founder and co-founder, Marilyn Fordney and Alex Havasi, Marilyn’s husband.  When Sergiu was a teenager, Marilyn Fordney and Alex Havasi flew Sergiu, his dance partner, and another young couple to the United States from Transylvania, Romania.  These lucky young dancers got to stay with Marilyn and Alex, their hosts in California, for a month.  While they were there, Marilyn and Alex entered them into two competitions.  One competition was in San Diego and the other one was in Palm Springs.  These young dancers won First and Second in all of their competitions and were the best dancers in the junior level!  Now, that is really something.  To add to their good fortune, these talented kids were fortunate to have Marilyn and Alex hire coaches to help them even further along.  Alex drove them to Santa Barbara to have coaching and rehearsals.   The background on Sergiu is that he is from a dance family.  His eldest brother is a professional dancer and we think Sergiu’s parents are also associated with dance.  This is just a classic point to demonstrate how talented boy ballroom dancers can get noticed and rise very quickly to the top of their game.  You never know who’s watching you.  Boys, I’m telling you, the odds are in your favor!

The remainder of this blog is dedicated to boys and young men who love to dance and they know it.  Remember guys, you make us girls look good on that dance floor and we have to develop the skill to follow you.  You are so very needed and appreciated and this one’s for you!!

Thought Of The Week:

Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion – Heart Centered Rebalancing



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website