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Dance -- its training and social meanings -- has a rich history and long-standing association with gender roles in world culture. While dance in some cultures is viewed as a valid vocation for men, the dominant view of Western culture positions concert dance as a predominantly female art form. In his new book, Stigma and Perseverance in the Lives of Boys Who Dance, Doug Risner, Ph.D., M.F.A., associate professor in the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance in Wayne State University's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, investigates the implications of the culture's prejudices toward males who dance and how dance teachers, students and families of male dancers can break the stereotype.