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Good Morning America host Lara Spencer is apologizing after comments she made about Prince George’s upcoming school curriculum went viral. The TV host joked about Prince George’s excitement over taking ballet classes, with many members of the dance community quickly taking to social media to voice their concerns over Spencer’s comments. Spencer has now apologized and is giving a masterclass in how to react after saying the wrong thing. Seriously, it’s refreshing.

Spencer discussed Prince George’s demanding school schedule on GMA on August 22, which includes computer programming, religious studies and ballet. “Prince William says Prince George absolutely loves ballet. I have news for you, Prince William: We’ll see how long that lasts,” said Spencer. “I mean, he might!”

Though meant as a joke, many in the dance community weren’t laughing, with Spencer’s comments seen as another example of the gender limitations put on dance and specifically ballet. Spencer quickly apologized on her Instagram, writing “My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it.” But for many, the comments had already contributed yet another example of why many young boys and men shy away from ballet over fear of ridicule and bullying. Spencer was taken to task on social media, with many celebs upset over what they saw as bullying.

 

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I saw a clip from @goodmorningamerica this morning and I was pretty surprised by the tone of some comments towards dance. My initial response was disappointment. For a brief moment it brought up old unpleasant memories of being mocked and laughed at for being a boy who danced. Fortunately that feeling dissipated quickly in knowing that the climate of dance, especially for young men in this generation is thriving more than ever, celebrated and appreciated . A young boy training in an athletic art form that requires an insane amount of discipline, strength, agility, flexibility, speed, dedication, awareness of mind, body, soul and creativity doesn’t seem like something to laugh about . I understand that comments like the one made here on television were probably light hearted and just a little banter. I get it. I know everyone at gma including @lara.spencer and I’m sure the intention wasn’t to be hurtful. But I also just think we are in a new era and time, especially for dance and it’s perception. The tone and mockery towards dance is just dated, old and not relevant anymore. Those who mock don’t understand. I’m proud to be a dancer and I strongly encourage any, who would like to try. So if there are any young kids out there who have a passion to pursue dance, don’t be discouraged by those who might laugh or make fun, tease or taunt. Follow your passion, take a chance on yourself and remember, that when you are courageous enough to listen to your inner voice rather than the voices (that only you can allow) to tear you down, you will always win. Follow your bliss and you will always have the last laugh:) Nothing but love and encouragement 🙏🏼#dance #encourage #create #dontHate #community

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Emmy winner and So You Think You Can Dance alum Travis Wall posted an Instagram video talking about the bullying he received as a young boy growing up dancing and touched on the incredible discipline, athleticism and creativity required to succeed in ballet.

Following Wall’s video, he updated his followers with news that Spencer had personally reached out to him. “So Lara Spencer just called me on my cell phone, she got my number from Debbie Allen, and she is completely horrified and just truly just issued this massive apology,” Wall told his followers on Saturday night in his Instagram Stories via People. “I could just hear the horror in her voice.”

Wall continued, revealing that Spencer would be using her platform on Monday’s Good Morning America to continue attempting to right her wrongs by giving airtime to local dancers. “She knows there’s a bunch of us, Broadway and a lot of the ballet community here in New York City, we’re going to Good Morning America on Monday morning and taking ballet classes outside,” said Wall. “So she’s aware of it, and she wants to talk to all of us, and she wants to set this thing straight and right. So the dance community is incredible and our voices were heard which is fantastic.”