MINTY: Come on, men. Throw caution to the wind and just dance

Women and girls outnumber men and boys when it comes to participating in the performing arts, even as audience members. What’s up with that?

The Wheat in the Barley has a 20th anniversary celebration concert on Saturday

What we need now is more men. And boys. This is not as sexist as it seems. It is just an observable fact. Women and girls outnumber men and boys when it comes to participating in the performing arts – even as audience members.

So what’s up with that?

Do men just not want to sign up for social dance lessons because they might look stupid? No sense of rhythm? Whatever, get over it.

Social dancing is a great activity for a healthy lifestyle, especially in your more mature years. It’s social interaction, decent exercise and a brain workout as well.

George Pytlik says dancing should be fun – and it should be great fun to learn. George and his partner (in both dance and real life) Wendy teach a Delta-based ballroom group dancing class at Kennedy Seniors Centre.

The Delta Dance Beginner program is a 12-week series that simply repeats over and over. So men, cast your doubts aside and give it a try. You will be surprised – and you may find it to be fun and with no pressure to perform.

Just relax, no one is judging.  And wouldn’t it be great to learn a new skill? Visit and take that first step.

Now music. What does it take to get more men interested in a live music performance? Something comfortable, local and familiar?

OK, here it is. The Wheat in the Barley has a 20th anniversary celebration concert on Saturday, April 2nd at the Coast Capital Playhouse, 8 p.m.

This is Canadian roots music with a major makeover. The Wheat in the Barley pulls together a lot of great influences into one package: Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun and more. With an impressive array of instruments at their command, the band puts on a show that’s as easy to dance to as it is to listen and sing along.

OK, I don’t expect you to sing, dance and attend a concert all at the same time. These are just options. Tickets are only $25, and apparently sell out quickly. Tickets from Tapestry Music or band members and maybe at the door.

Men. Take a chance on a change.  If you have never done anything like singing, dancing or going to a live performance, think about it.

You might be surprised.

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