In a mission to shed light on mothers who tend to empower their children in their unique choices, we talked to the beautiful Shereen Adel whose son chose an unexpected sport. Mohamed Moataz -known as Mado- chose to be a ballet dancer over anything else in the world.
Boys are not always born for football
At the age of 6, Mado used to practice football and his mother noticed it was not his thing. He used to play the piano and had an artistic nature. After watching a ballet performance on television, Mado decided that to dance ballet and asked his mother and father if boys can do it. They were a bit surprised at first but decided to let him try.
The only boy in ballet class
His mother started to ask his female friends’ mothers at school about a ballet venue where she can enroll him. She asked in Kythara Ballet Institute and the owner welcomed the idea because he was the first boy to ask to join.
Bullied for being talented
The first time he was made fun of by his piano teacher after telling him that he dances ballet was shocking, to say the least. Mado started to doubt himself and asked his mother if ballet for males is considered inappropriate. “You’re talented and doing something great,” she assured him. Some relatives and friends were surprised after hearing about it and used to comment negatively. After a while, he started to ignore everyone and followed his passion.
His parents used to show him pictures of famous Egyptian ballet figures, like Ahmed Yehia, and told him that there are only 60 male ballet dancers in Egypt and that’s why he is unique. The information was empowering and he even started to educate his younger relatives and showed them how to dance. After he started performing at ballet concerts, his mother used to invite those who mocked him to see him shinning on stage! At this point, all their comments turned into positive ones!
Yet, the bullying didn’t stop during free play even 2 years after joining the official school at the institute. While being tested by professionals from the Cairo Opera House, one of the judges was impressed by his talent and predicted seeing him perform at the Opera one day.
A message to moms
Shereen shared a message with all mothers out there, “I do believe that kids should have the right to try whatever they want and decide by themselves whether they want to continue or not because this is how they learn.” We believe the mama said it all.