There's been a positive trend over recent years. Films like Billy Elliot have helped, the familiarity of dancing on TV and also new media. YouTube allows you to find any video, to be informed, to make comparisons. Of course, for those who like me who are clicked on and downloaded by others, it's not so pleasant. But that's a another story.
Taboos have fallen. The prejudices were the result of ignorance. Today ballet is no longer seen as an elite art, but is accessible not only to professionals but to the general public as well. Even the male component of the the audience has grown – I see it every evening in the theatre.”
Crippa reminds him that he himself has become a role model:
She asks if it's conceivable that male dancers might overtake the female students.
I don't think so. To become a ballerina is a feminine ideal.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.