Ever think “dance class is just for girls?” We beg to differ! Here, amazing, inspirational videos from young guys whose dance skills wow us.
By Jillian Chamberlain
Thanks to “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Step It Up,” and plenty of YouTube videos, the boys-in-dance movement is in full swing! Some perks for guys who are getting in step: Dance builds strength and improves coordination, making it a great workout for boys. It can also be the perfect option if your son isn’t big into playing sports or hitting the gym.
Dance classes also give guys an edge if they want to perform in musical theatre, onstage with a rock band, or in a talent show, or simply hit the dance floor with confidence on prom night.
But we digress: These male-dominated YouTube dance videos make the case for boys-in-dance all on their own.
tWitch (aka Stephen Boss) from “So You Think You Can Dance” with 6-Year-Old Tanner Edwards
In addition to being known for his moves on Season 3 & 4 “SYTYCD”, tWitch has gone on to secure roles in major motion pictures and a resident DJ gig on Ellen Degeneres’s talk show. Here he is in 2010 dancing with 6-year-old Tanner Edwards!
Derek Hough from “Dancing with the Stars”
Derek has won five Mirror Ball trophies on the popular ABC dance competition. He has also won 2 Emmy Awards for his choreography on the show. His most recent Emmy was won for the choreography in this routine.
Segway routine to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”
In this one, young guys taking gliding across the dance floor to a whole new level. They perform the entire routine on Segways!
Watch Me (Whip It/ Nae Nae) – Silento
This year’s current dance craze — The Whip It/Nae Nae — is from a 17-year-old rapper in Atlanta, Georgia, who goes by the name Silento. The video is a compilation of the following dance moves: Stanky Leg, Break Your Legs, Bop, Yule, Superman, Duff … and of course the signature moves Whip It and the Nae Nae. Now you may be asking yourself, “What is the difference between ‘Stanky Leg’ and ‘Break Your Legs’?” Well … you’ll just have to watch the video and see!
Whether your son is into hip-hop, jazz, or ballet, we have a list of dance class providers in your area where they can get their moves on! It’s hard to keep up with ALL of the latest trends — if any of you know a dance studio that offers hip-hop classes on Segways, please let us know — we’d like to get them on our roster!