Why is dancing an ideal activity for young men? For Ben Grooms, 12, dancing is a positive way to navigate the stresses in life.
“Dance is a way to express yourself, to forget being bullied, or if you’re having a bad day. You can forget what the real problem is and just have a great time,” says Ben, a sixth grade student at The Children’s School in Atlanta. “Some people say that dance isn’t a sport, but I like to think it is. Dance is like strength training.”
Dancing with his peers in Moving in the Spirit’s Men in Motion company, Ben finds that dancing is a way to find your individual talent and flair. “Everybody has their own strengths in dance. Everybody has their own style. It may be something that you are good at — but everyone is not the same.”
Rehearsing the 11th Annual Men in Motion Show, Ben enjoys the teamwork of dancing in a company. “We are learning how to work in unison, how to cooperate and how to make it look good,” he says.
The company members learn from each other, and as a result they grow as dancers and men. “We have learned from some of our mistakes, whether dance moves or life skills, like being humble, cooperative and generous.”
The teachers at Moving in the Spirit guide the young dancers in building all those important skills, Ben adds. “When you get older, you have to know how to act, to be a proper adult. The teachers show us how to be good role models and help us to learn.”
The 11th Annual Men in Motion Show captures the dancers’ individuality and spirit, Ben says. “It gives you some room to be you, and there are some nice moves. It has a lot of strength involved in it. You have to be quick, strong and precise.”
You can see Ben and his peers perform in the upcoming 11th Annual Men in Motion Show on February 22 & 23, 2014.