Mum of ‘real-life Billy Elliot’ says we should embrace boys who love ballet and wearing tutus

Alexander and the rest of his ballet class (Picture: Mercury Press)

Four year old Alexander McGinley, from Swansea, South Wales, loves wearing his pink tutu when he perfects his pirouettes in ballet class.

Proud parents Kate, 33, and Clark, 45, say they have embraced his passion, saying that being more accepting teaches children to be better people.

Clinical researcher Kate, said: ‘Alex has kind of become an ambassador for the ballet classes, other boys have come to try it to see if it’s for them and Alex has welcomed them in and shown them how fun it can be.

‘People actually call him a real life Billy Elliot all the time – he will sit and watch a full two hour ballet performance in complete silence dressed head to toe in his ballet gear with a tutu on, he loves it.

‘Since he was 18 months old he has loved to dance and to perform. From the moment he could stand, whenever he saw dancers on the television he would watch them closely and do exactly what they were doing, going as far as to look down the line of his leg and making sure he points his toes.

‘It’s like he’s done it before. He doesn’t have any other hobbies, he likes to dress up in mermaid or princess outfits but his life is dancing and ballet, he would do it all day if he could.’

Alex, has been going to ballet classes with Tiny Toes Ballet in Swansea for two years and ballet tutor Emma Morgan, says he takes his dancing very seriously.

She said: ‘Alex is unique because most boys who come to ballet just want to to do jumps and leap around and have fun, but Alex is so determined to perfect every move, he loves to listen and watch the technique of each move and meticulously practices it until he gets it right, he’s such a fantastic little dancer.’

Mum Kate has praised the ballet school for the way they have welcomed Alex.

Alexander McGinley (Picture: Mercury Press)

She said: ‘He always has been one of the most talented dancers in the class I think just because he enjoys it so much and he is such a perfectionist, it’s like it’s in his soul.

‘I think if he hadn’t have had the relaxed atmosphere and reassuring approach they they take at Tiny Toes I don’t think he would be as good as he is now.’

But the confident youngster also has his parents to thank for their wonderfully embracing and supportive attitude.

Kate says that embracing Alex’s passion for dance was part of a wider view that children should be able to break free from typical gender stereotypes.

She said: ‘Both my husband and I have embraced it completely because we wanted him to find something he loved to do and this is part of who he is.

‘I want the children of the next generation to be exactly who they want to be without fear of bullying shame or discrimination.

‘Men and women should be encouraged to follow the career paths that they want to from a young age so that boys feel that they can express their emotions and girls feel strong minded and confident enough to go after whatever they want.

‘Gender stereotypes are just completely made up by society and I really hope that by doing something like this with Alex that other young people can feel more confident to be exactly who they are.’

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