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After days spent rallying against "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer's flippant comments about boys doing ballet, the dance world triumphed on Monday. Not only did Spencer issue a lengthy on-air apology, complete with an interview with Robbie Fairchild, Travis Wall and Fabrice Calmels, but over 300 dancers gathered outside of the "GMA" studios for an impromptu ballet class.

The dance field seemed geared to press forward with positivity; a change.org petition urging "GMA" to cover the benefits of ballet for young men has gathered over 40,000 signatures, and many are examining the ways in which the #boysdancetoo movement can be made more inclusive. This made it all the more disheartening to open Instagram this morning and see that Fox News commentators Raymond Arroyo and Laura Ingraham took the bullying a step further last night, mocking Spencer's apology on a program called "The Ingraham Angle."

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A still from the new documentary, DANSEUR. Image courtesy DANSEUR

According to the new documentary DANSEUR, 85% of males who study dance in the United States are bullied or harassed. A quote in the film from Dr. Doug Risner, faculty member at Wayne State University, states, "If this scope of bullying occurred in any activity other than dance, it would be considered a public health crisis by the CDC."

So why is it allowed to persist in ballet? And why aren't we talking about it more? These are the questions that DANSEUR seeks to answer. But primarily consisting of dance footage and interviews with male dancers like ABT's James Whiteside, Houston Ballet's Harper Watters and Boston Ballet's Derek Dunn, the film only addresses these issues superficially, with anecdotes about individual experiences and generalizations about what it's like to be a male dancer.

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@jamesbwhiteside
Who: American Ballet Theatre
principal James Whiteside
Followers: 96.6K
What you'll see: a lot of muscles and humor, with a healthy dose of cat photos
What may surprise you: Whiteside moonlights as the drag queen Ühu Betch and pop singer JbDubs.

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Happy Halloween, DT readers! Every year, as the spookiest of holidays rolls around, I’m impressed with the humor and creativity of dancers’ Halloween costumes. This year was no exception. Enjoy a roundup of some of our favorite 2016 Halloween looks.

  1. Divas to the dance floor please! ABT principals Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside had a diva dance-off in company class as Sylvie Guillem and Natalia Makarova.

  1. ABT royalty Sascha Radetsky and Stella Abrera enchant and amuse as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Can you imagine?

  1. Watch out for the Suicide Squad! “Dancing with the Stars” pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are terrifying as the Joker and Harley Quinn.

  1. Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters goes for the gold as dynamite gymnast Simone Biles. We also love Rhys Kosakowski’s take on The Sims.

  1. Dressed as company alum Ethan Stiefel, ABT soloist Cassandra Trenary impresses with a Center Stage moment—one-upping Charlie with a double tour.

Have a happy Halloween, and don’t miss a single issue of Dance Teacher.

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