It’s a message we hear more and more often these days Girls can be anything they want But when it comes to boys, well, that’s a different story take ballet. For example Years ago, I spoke with Jamie Bell a young actor and dancer who brought this topic to the big screen in the movie Billy Elliot One of the most poignant scenes was when your father walks in and discovers that you’ve been doing ballet and he sort of challenges I Bet he’s actually gonna prove to him that Dancing isn’t just for girls as well in the movie Billy with his passion for dancing prevails But is that always the case in real life? Today young a teen who wants nothing more than to be a dancer. I don’t wanna play soccer I wanted him to ballet know if you overheard this mom preventing her son from pursuing his passion Boys were supposed to play sports What would you do? Today our hidden cameras are rolling at Ferrier Sporting Goods. I Don’t want This first customer listens in as Lorraine pleads her case boys are supposed to play soccer You know little kids are I don’t wanted to get bullied just Try this on. Okay. Lorraine is clearly frustrated. Will this father speak up from the sidelines? He considers dance an acceptable alternative Making the case that it’s not too different from sports. Did you watch Dancing with the Stars those guys are ripped? Hi there sir, I’m John quinones with what would you do the TV show we’re wonderful this embarrassing No, no house. Really. Nice. What was your message to my mom? It’s about the kid It’s buck always about you. And if she’s worried that dancing is too feminine Lumineers And you like dance advance kiddo? This next customer has something in common with our mom right now, he’s just mainly interested in dancing and performing boats dancing is awesome And see whatever the grass is always greener. They both have sons who don’t share their respective interests He took a hip hop class and I loved it, but it’s sick. You were cool with the whole thing I was sad to be the one advancement. She gives Loraine some perspective. But if he Wanted to be dancing. That wouldn’t be good. No, you’re right and then gives Aiden some encouragement I think it’s really cool that you are yourself and you know what you like. Will she give us an interview hi there I’m John quinones Oh Your message to her was what better that he doesn’t and that he loves then Hiding himself if he doesn’t want to do sports any shouldn’t do it. Yeah, you should be who you want to be. Perfect This father has two boys who love baseball. How do you keep them interested and amused if I don’t have to do it? but unlike Lorraine his wife insists that they take ballroom dancing and my Really? OC your wife actually wants to talk. Yes But he does think it has some advantages and it helps you sports dance ability This next dad also makes a good point They’re going to do well It’s still teaching But it’s his young daughter who steals the show I Can certainly think of one Hi guys, but that’s not all this ten-year-old has to say if he does something he doesn’t want to I’ll never get anything done and what if it doesn’t look boyish, you know, it’s A lot. There’s not many boys there, but the boys really enjoy it. Where did you learn this? You’re so young I Just want to dance This last customer takes his time before stepping in Dancing’s for girls soccer is for boys Everybody here knows that come on try this on. I don’t want to but when he finally does He hits a lot of the same beats we’ve heard all day Aidan should pursue his passion You seem so passionate That’s a gift really it’s a gift if someone doesn’t really love something Dancers are athletes. I trained at a boxing gym in Paterson. Mike. Look real up guys. I got to tell you these guys Seriously, but then to our surprise Marlon goldstein nearly spoils the ending Piercing the movie Billy Elliot. No Recommending the very movie that inspired this scenario. Don’t tell my talk Billy Elliot Okay. No, she doesn’t let him say I want to see where We’re coming up before the credits roll. It’s time for us to not in What were you trying to tell them it’s not every day that You find someone who really is truly passionate of something and you really seem passionate. I guess it’s a good actor Yeah, but you gotta let them be who they are Absolutely, you support your children or interest their desires. That’s what you have to do. They are what they are and you support them Hi everyone George Stephanopoulos here. Thanks for checking out the ABC News YouTube channel If you’d like to get more video show highlights and watch live event coverage Click on the right over here to subscribe to our Channel and don’t forget to download the ABC News app for breaking news alerts Thanks for watching

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67 thoughts on “Mother wants son to stop dancing and play sports | What Would You Do? | WWYD”

  1. Dancing is a sport tho!! boys and girls can dance, why is moving your body a just one gender thing?

  2. I tell my kids anything positive you want to do I'm standing right behind you regardless if I like it or not

  3. I’m so happy they did this subject. I’m all for girl power, but let boys express their emotions and do things they enjoy

  4. A long with the boy wanting to dance, they should have sad that the girl (she looks like she's his sister) is interested in soccer, but her mom is forcing her to dance.

  5. I wanted to do Ballet as a kid, my Dad said it was for girls and tried to make me do wrestling, swimming, baseball, and soccer. I'm 22 now, and now I dance Argentine Tango as a passion of mine. I believe some parents like mine do this out of protection, being afraid their child will be bullied, but it will never change your child. One way or another, they will do what they want to do. Accept that fact, and challenge others against the stupid stereotype that dancing is "girly". And besides, women LOVE a man that can dance! 🕺💃

  6. Boys are supposed to play soccer? What, everyone plays sports and should be instead of looking on the Internet every day!

  7. Location: Farrier Sporting Goods
    Actors: Lorraine, Aiden
    Movie scene: Billy Elliott

  8. Many football players take ballet and nobody cares but if a boy takes ballet just because they found it better it’s horrific🤦🏾‍♀️

  9. This is how the cultural patriarchy oppresses men just as much as it does women, saying guys have to play sports and they can't dance otherwise they're unmasculine and that's the worst thing besides being gay or trans.

  10. I've known many men in ballet from my years of dancing, all very exceptional dancers and extremely nice men. Ballet takes a lot of strength, endurance and many other skills. It's a shame it's seen as a gendered activity.

  11. "Girls can be anything they want" lmfao you really messed up here. that's not true at all. I'm kinda pissed rn. I honestly have given up on so many things I love because I'm a girl. my mom doesn't let me play soccer, break dance, play the drums and so many other stuff. and that's not just me. I've seen this kind of case way too many times. how can someone think girls can be anything they want? that's so funny

  12. i watched billy elliot last year in english class
    i remember since i live in switzerland and english isn't our first language someone said "are they speaking german" because they couldn't understand the scottish accents

  13. I'm a professional ballet dancer, and was a 3 lettered athlete every year in high school.

    ballet is harder. physically and mentally. you won't change my mind.

  14. Not the same type of dance, but in my school, the hip-hop dance team All-Male really good, so they were more popular and got more chicks than sport teams

  15. Reminds me of the guy from Dazed and Confused : “So you’re not gonna go to law school? What’re you gonna do then?”
    “I wanna dance!”

  16. Girls can be anything they want is not fully true even in this century. Girls are also being bullied and forced to do girly things…

  17. if i had a son, i would NEVER let him be a ballet dancer. i don’t want for him to grow up thinking that it’s okay to be a little faggot. all of these liberals are trying to create more genders and they are trying to let the devil get as many people as possible. my son is going to play sports if he wants to but not ballet for sure.

  18. My next door neighbour is called Jon bell he ran out on his son and they look alike he is the actors father

  19. I would have mentioned Alexander Godunov. Very talented actor [Witness, Die Hard] AND a ballet dancer before his film career

  20. just so you know ballet is a bloody sport. its where you break all your bones. so people who practice it are far from soft(sorry if there are some grammar mistake, english is not my first language)

  21. Overall, a sport is defined as “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” … Dance is also unique from other sports because at the end of the day, it can still be a beautiful art form. So yes dancing is a sport… Can you all stop arguing now?

  22. ballet is harder than football. to most people ballet is seen as easier than football, in reality that's not true. ballet is harder because it is a sport and an art form whereas football is just a sport. … When someone says ballet is easier than soccer, they clearly haven't tried it.

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