his father not to enter the mine, Dad explains himself, saying things like, Im sorry, son. It ends instead with Billys powerful leap, the ultimately balletic masculine move. None of these matched the ambition or achievement of Billy Elliot. It is when Billys potential as a dancer finally penetrates his fathers consciousness, and this dancing boy provides his father with a way through his masculinity crisis. But in looking there, we find that dance provides us with several options for re-reading common sense ideas about the space of dance itself, male dancers in this space, and how male dance films construct cultural identities in relation to dance. Billy Elliot employs youth to defer questions of sexuality, questions which when left undeferred queer characters, relationships, and spectatorship. 30 Even Michaels and Simons sexualities are rendered harmless (or at least less harmful) by their youth. What Dad does about it is punches Tony in the nose, but Tony leaves anyway, and is eventually arrested.
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When Dad warns him to stop, Tony replies, You havent got it in you, man, youre finished. The scene blurs ballet and boxing by having a tutu-clad Michael receive a ballet lesson from Billy while both boys stand in the boxing ring. In one of the cassettes segments, Howard must resist the temptation to dance while the tape plays I Will Survive and the stern macho instructor implores Howard to think about real men like John Wayne and Arnold Swartznegger. Set some 10-15 years after the rest of the film, we find Dad and Tony in London attending a ballet in which Billy is starring. With this, the films swan metaphor (introduced and enacted primarily through the character of Mrs. For Billy to be Billy, he must dance. And yet it is not quite so simple.