Boys interested in expressing themselves
through dance are virtually unrepresented in visual culture.
They are also the minority gender in dance classes, and may encounter
peer pressure to drop their pursuit in favor of other athletic
outlets. All Boy documents and validates their dedication to
and enjoyment of dance.
Growing up within regulating societal pressures is no less of a challenge for
boys than for girls. Each faces obstacles to the development of a sense of individuality
and a sense of belonging as well. The youthful male body involved in dance practice
and training engages with and subverts American notions of gender identity and
sexuality. Inevitably, the boys in these images have or will have to negotiate
the territory where the body and the self will interface with the social body,
and find both contention and support. I admire them for their adventurousness
and daring, as well as for their grace and toughness, seriousness and exuberance,
frailty and strength, clumsiness and poise.
“He’s all boy” is a popular phrase adults sometimes
use to compliment the parents of a son who exhibits rough,
reckless or agressive behaviors. Although tomgirl is popularly
order to praise a girl’s behavior for the inclusion of “masculine” sensibilities,
boys are praised for the eradication of so-called “feminine” preoccupations,
mannerisms, sensibilities, hobbies, skills, emotional intelligence,
etc. They must become all boy, implying that there might be
set of physcial behaviors that are natural and immutable. Titling
the series All Boy reclaims and contests the meaning
of such a term,
seeks to expand boy culture and the construction of masculinity
beyond narrow and limiting mainstream formulations.