Daniel Da Silva’s Story
“When I started dancing the kids in my school were ignorant to this wonderful world, so they teased and made assumptions of what they did not know.”
Daniel Da Silva
São Paulo, Brazil
Company Member Since 2009
I started doing ballet when I was 15 years old and I was inspired by my older brother when he started dancing. He had to overcome all the prejudices that came along with being a male dancer, but he never let it show how it affected him or I was too young to see it. Because of that I had no preconceptions about boys doing ballet.
In my experience the number one stereotype is that all male ballet dancers are homosexuals. I don’t believe that your choice of profession determines your sexual identity. I cannot understand how some people are still so disrespectful, ignorant and closed minded.
When I started dancing the kids in my school were ignorant to this wonderful world, so they teased and made assumptions of what they did not know. People fear what they do not understand. It made me feel confused. Kids and some family members were not so kind and understanding of me wanting to dance but my parents were so amazing and supportive, so I kept going and doing what I love without ever looking back.
My brother and a couple others guided me into the world of dance. A male ballet teacher or mentor can really help to introduce a new side of ballet that is not often depicted in mainstream media. Things like the physicality of the movements, character development in productions and how to apply that into your own life.
What I love most about dancing is moving and watching people’s reactions to the movement. I cannot sit still for too long I always have to be on the move mentally and physically. I love being part of a team and a community. Being party of something that has a purpose is very rewarding.
Listen to those who only care about your well-being and that want you to succeed. If ballet is your passion, your calling, work hard and the rewards will come!