How Strictlys Joe Sugg has changed young boys views on dance

In preparation for tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing final, the finalists opened up about what their favourite experience has been so far.

Speaking to the press post-rehearsal, the stars revealed how much their lives have changed since joining the show this year.

Youtuber Joe Sugg has won hearts as he danced his way through the show, building lasting relationships along the way.

But the TV personality recently realised he’s had the most effect on the younger generation.

Joe has inspired young boys everywhere to pursue their passion of dance despite pressures from their peers.

“When I was younger at school, we didn’t do dance. If you were a boy you didn’t do dance, it wasn’t an option.

“Well, it was an option, but you did sport or…just not dance. But I’ve had so many messages from younger guys going: ‘I would never normally think about doing dance but doing Strictly I can see you having so much fun.’

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“This is something I never thought I’d say, but I’ve kind of made it…cool?”

The Youtuber has over eight million subscribers, so to say his actions influence young boys is an understatement.

“I’m not cool, but for them,” he continued. “I’ve made it kind of more acceptable and they’ve been like ‘I’ve been to dance classes with my girlfriend’.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“That for me is like one of the best thing about doing this show, the effect it’s having on a younger generation, and hopefully getting them into dance.”

It is great to see the charming dancer become a positive role model for boys everywhere by breaking traditional, gender stereotypes.

Make sure to tune in for the Strictly final tonight at 6:30pm on BBC One.

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