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Davenport Quoted on Male Dancers

Donna Davenport, professor of dance, was quoted on the shrinking number of males in the dancing profession in the Dec. 3 Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times article “Festival features choreography by men, performed by men.”

“The ratio of women dancers to men is about 20 to one, and it's getting worse,” said Davenport. “Dance is more than ever considered a female activity. Due to the American entertainment industry, the way that dance is perceived by society, as frivolous, necessarily sexy, reduces the probability that males will be interested. Dance is considered falsely to be populated by men who are gay, and therefore, the many heterosexual boys or not-yet-'out' homosexuals who might be interested are reticent.”