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  • Let's Hear It For the Boys

    Oregon Ballet Academy student Nathan Rowell and his classmates. AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Paul Carter

    Oregon

    The Oregon Ballet Academy is working hard to turn the common misconception that ballet is strictly a "girlie form of art" on its head. By providing free weekly classes, young men of all ages have the opportunity to learn and experience the beauty, discipline and power of dance. "In the two years since they began their boys-only program, husband-and-wife OBA owners John Grensback and Megan Murphy have seen their male enrollment grow from a handful to several dozen, ranging in age from 9 years to college age. “We really wanted to do a program for boys, but we knew it would be hard to get them to come because ballet isn’t something most boys think about doing,” Murphy said. “But we were able to get some grants, and John does the teaching. It’s great to see what these boys have accomplished.”

    You can read the rest of this inspiring article here.

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