BY CONOR FOGARTY ON OCTOBER 10, 2014
Dance is a very common activity for young females, but it is not as ordinary for teenage males. Senior Dylan Manning is one of the few men at Rose who has committed himself to dancing.
“I’ve been dancing ever since I was young,” Manning said. “It’s just one of those things that sticks with you because you love it.”
Dancing has challenged Manning for years, and one big reason is because he is a male.
“I think that it is definitely tougher to be a dancer as a guy,” Manning said. “It’s not as easy for men’s bodies to move like girls can.”
Having a male body is not the only difficult part of being a male dancer. As a guy, there is not much motivation that comes from peers, so Manning draws his inspiration from higher figures.
“It’s hard as a guy to find role models in the dancing world, but I really look up to Usher and Michael Jackson,” Manning said. “They are some of the most inspiring people to me.”
There are many aspects of dance that intrigue Manning, and one of the main ones is self-expression.
“I enjoy the thrill of dance and I like how I can express myself through body motions.” Manning said. “I do all types of dance but hip-hop is by far my favorite.”
There are not many men who pursue a career in dance, but Manning may be one of the few who are committed to such a thing.
“At this point, I would really like to have a career in dance because it is what I enjoy most and what I am most passionate about,” Manning said.