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Tupac the Ballet Dancer: Poontang & Pirouettes!

Tupac the Ballet Dancer: Poontang & Pirouettes!

By Khalil Amani

 

For a moment, can we take Tupac Shakur out of the gangster rap genre? Can we take him out of the mythological realm of rap deities? Can we pluck him from the pantheon of hardcore lyricists? I wanna talk about the soft and sensitive young man that went to the Baltimore School of the Arts—where he studied theater and ballet.

(Tupac Shakur, from ballet dancer to thug)

 

The softer side of Tupac. In all of his thuggery, he understood the "Duality of Opposites." How many rappers today would wear this seemingly "man-girdle" and still keep it gangsta? May I suggest that Tupac was reppin' Jesus, as it was written in the Book of Revelations when Jesus wore a "girt [wrap] about the paps [breasts] with a golden girlde." (Rev. 1:13-15) That's some feminine ish--the kind of feminine mind-set it takes to be a ballet dancer, yet still be heterocentric.

 

Tupac was a ballet dancer! Let that soak in for a minute!

 

Before Tupac wanted to be a gangster rapper he was trying to be the next Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolph Nureyev, and Arthur Mitchell (i.e. a great dancer).

 

Having been a ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and African dancer for many years myself, let me share with you what goes on in an average ballet class and who you’ll probably see practicing—and the chick factor. Tupac knew what I’m about to share with you.

 

(Khalil Amani, ballet/jazz dancer age 26)

 

Ballet is the strictest dance form. It is the foundation of modern/contemporary, and jazz dance. Without ballet, your technique is straight ass! You will never be able to audition for music videos that need trained dancers or get a dancing gig at the Grammys or tryout for a professional sports team's danceline. The minute the choreographer says he needs two "Grand Jetes" and a triple "Pirouette" your ass is lost! All of them dancers are trained to the bone, even the one's doing street moves. Ballet is a must, I always preach to these urban (black) girls trying to move beyond raw talent. Rhythm without technique only gets you so far in the grand scheme of dance as a profession. Ballet is a discipline that aligns the body. Through repetition, the body conforms to certain unnatural positions, which are distinctive to the genre.

 

Ballet has a language—French. Piqué, Arabesque En L'Air, Attitude, Balancé, Battement fondu développé, Pas de bourrée, Pas de deux, Port de bras, Pirouette à la seconde, and Grand Jeté en avant—these are ballet words. If the teacher wants you to stand on your tippy-toes she will say, “Relevé.”Tupac would’ve been familiar with all these terms.

 

In many ballet classes, there is a strict uniform code. You can’t come in there all colorful and shit! Why? Because ballet is like a team sport—uniformity is a must. In a ballet company they have something called the “corpse de ballet,” which is basically all of the dancers performing who are not soloists, thus the uniform is strict in practice. Ballet accoutrement (clothing) for the male usually consists of black tights and a white T-shirt and black dance slippers. Under the male’s tights is a dance-belt, which is a tight-ass doohickey G-string thingy that holds a man’s penis in place and gives him a smooth bump. It is a chastity belt for men! Having a hard-on in one of those things hurts! I know—and Tupac would know!

It is no wonder why many call Tupac the greatest rapper. He was his own man, unafraid to challenge stereotypes of black men. Yes, there is a stereotype associated with men doing ballet—homosexuality. And, for the most part, the stereotype is true. All of the dance companies I’ve been in—all of the dance classes I used to take—five out of seven men were gay, which made the odds of scoring with dancing chicks rather high. I figured this out in junior high school. I realized dance class was a pussy minefield when this black chick took me to a vacant room after practice and “clothes-burned” (dry-humped) the shit out of me! Why would I grabble around on the football field with sweaty boys when all the real action—the hawt chicks were prancing around in form-fitting tights in the ballet studio? I think Tupac knew this too! I genuinely liked ballet—all dance forms for that matter and getting to feel up girls was just an added bonus!

 

Tupac, like me, could probably tell you a few freaky stories about practicing the Pas de deux(dance for two). Whether it’s strict ballet or modern/contemporary dance or a jazz duet—usually when a man and a woman pair up, fireworks are sure to follow. The chemistry between the dancers becomes intense.

 

As with every dance company that I’d been in, I had a few women that were on my jock—a pretty little Jew-girl about 22 years old, who was classically trained in ballet, who wanted to wrap her long slender legs around my neck—a redheaded white girl who just wanted to give me a blow-job after weeks of leering at the bulge in my tights and a 19 year old half white/half Hawaiian chick, whose movements were so erotic when we partnered up that it was a foregone conclusion that we’d have to take that energy to the next level. And let me not forget my second wife, Kristina, a Cuban/Latina ballerina that threw the pussy on me like she was paying me back slave reparations!

 

Again, something tells me Tupac had few dancing poontang stories of his own.

 

Boys and men miss it! They are so worried about being called the “F-Bomb” (faggot) for learning ballet. They’d rather roll around on the ground with other sweaty, stinky guys than roll around on the floor with a hawt chick! How ironic!

 

Tain’t nothing wrong with gay boys! In the dance company—the more, the merrier! More poontang for me! Gay guys are cool! Gay guys are just straight guys who love dick. Looking passed that, they are regular dudes with the same problems. They just have little to no use for poontang! You can’t be a ballet dancer and be a homophobe ‘cause gay dudes are all up in there! Tupac knew this!

 

Don’t get me wrong—talking about all this poontang in ballet class. I loved the dance studio as much as these jocks say they love the gridiron! I lived for that shit! The dance was my escape from reality—and—I was pretty good at it! I used to lose myself in the dance. It was my constant companion. The euphoria I got from executing a dance routine was orgasmic!

(Khalil Amani, jazz dancer age 26)

 

Tupac’s dance career was short-lived. Like Rick Ross’s correctional officer “career”—a short 18 months, nobody talks about the tights-wearing Tupac like they did the badge-wearing Ross. They dissed The Game for being a stripper, but, in death, Tupac gets a pass for his feminine proclivities. Great! The difference between Tupac and the modern-day rapper is that he NEVER hid his dancing, ballet background. Today, a rapper who has done anything in his past that remotely suggests faggotry--a nigga will hide that shit like he's hiding crack from the po-po! Rappers are ashamed that they might've done some goody-goody stuff as a kid. I’m just glad that one of the greatest to ever do it (Tupac/rap) has something in common with me—poontang & pirouettes!

 

Khalil Amani writed for DJ Kay Slay's Originators & Straight Stuntin Magazines. Follow @khalilamani

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