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Why Rob Quintas picked up his size 11 pointe shoes to fulfill his ballet dreams

24 February 2020 1:57 PM
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When you think of a typical "ballet dancer", a bearded, 1.8 metre tall, 117kg middle-aged man is probably not what comes to mind.

But Rob Quintas is defying stereotypes and labels to live out his dream.

The amatuer ballerino recently penned a letter on News24 describing how ballet has been a journey in self-acceptance and overcoming stigmas.

He wanted to do ballet as a child, but says he could not pursue his dreams growing up, out of fear of being bullied.

In his thirties, he started flirting with the idea of giving ballet a try but he only took it up seriously when he turned 40.

Quintas, a local ward councillor in Cape Town, says growing older has allowed him to introspect and follow his true passions with confidence.

The 42-year old says while ballet is physically and mentally demanding, it has helped him to always strive to be better.

As I got into my thirties it was something that I wanted to explore, and actually do something that was for me - and have the confidence to do it.

Rob Quintas

In your early thirties, you start doing the things that you've wanted to do.

Rob Quintas

Ballet had been a passion and interest - something I'd always wanted to do as a boy.

Rob Quintas

Since then, I've been giving it a lot of effort and relishing it.

Rob Quintas

Life is an ongoing journey and we have to consistently strive to be better.

Rob Quintas

I don't think you can put an age cap on reaching your ultimate form. It's a lifelong journey.

Rob Quintas

Quintas is a ward councillor at the City of Cape Town, the DA Metro LGBTQIA+ chairperson and an amateur ballerino.

Listen to him chat with John Maytham on Afternoon Drive:


24 February 2020 1:57 PM
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