Today's Male Ballet Dancer

For much of dance history, male dancers were basically the forklifts of ballet, there to lift the women, and do little else. But it takes much more than a sturdy set of biceps to hack it in 2013. Today's men are given some of the most exciting choreography in the repertoire. Dancemakers are taking full advantage of that male strength, having the men perform mind-boggling turns and gravity-defying leaps. Check out Milwaukee Ballet's new video about this evolution of the male ballet dancer, which they filmed to promote the company's upcoming performances of Swan Lake, May 16–19.