to quit. “It runs in the family,” Tyce said. “I keep dancing ’cause I
just have a lot of fun, you make a lot of friends.”
Tyce currently takes a full load at Tammie Locklar’s
Dance Studio with classes like tap, ballet, and jazz.
But it’s not just those few styles that are gaining the
Tyce said hip-hop is probably the most popular dance among
“Its really manly,” he said. Dance instructor Ashley
“That would probably be their favorite,” she said.
“It’s something they could do that would be quite easy.”
Another style of dance making a comeback is ballroom dancing.
Moises Carrasco, an 18-year-old student at the
University of Texas of the Permian Basin, has been dancing for 2 1/2
He takes ballroom and Latin dance lessons at Love to
Dance Studio in Odessa.
“I just really wanted
PHOTO COURTESY BY
LOVE TO DANCE STUDIO
Moises Carrasco, 18,
practices with Beatriz Gonzales, 16, their Argentine Tango moves.
was the main interest,” Carrasco said.
“After trying some of the other stuff, it was a lot more interesting,
especially learning that there was more to it.”
Carrasco said he believes boys taking dance classes is
a growing trend.
“It’s just a matter of getting it out there,” he said.
“A lot of people don’t know about it — they’re not aware of how laid
back it is. It’s just something you go out to do.”
And, Carrasco said, despite common perception,
effeminate — even
to his peers.
“I would think a lot of them might look down upon it, that it’s not very
manly,” Carrasco said, “But I’m surprised that many
say it’s cool.”
While Tammie Locklar’s Dance Studio has seen an
increase in male dancers, others aren’t seeing the big jump.
“I think here, there’s just too much peer pressure,
which is unfortunate,” Ann Wright, dance instructor for Dee-Ann Dance
Studio, said, “I just think their daddies don’t want them to take it. We
have a lot of dads come in and say, ‘Oh, he’s going to play football.’ ”
But Tyce’s father Garrett Talbot said he doesn’t have a
problem with his son taking dance lessons.
“If that’s what he enjoys doing, more power to him,”
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PUBLISHED IN THE
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12,
2007, PAGE 1B
BY VERONICA SANDATE
Gone are the days of pink tutus, lace, bobby pins and
In their place are worn sneakers, black sweatpants or basketball shorts.
Many piqué turns ago, it was very common to see a man
in a dance class.
But chassé inside any Odessa dance studio today, and you’re more likely
to see a classroom filled with giggling girls than rambunctious little
But come on the right night, to the right class, and
you might be surprised to find boys dominating the dance floor.
Talbott has been dancing at his mother’s dance studio in Odessa
since he could walk. And he says he has no