Ayman Saffah is a 17-year-old Israeli Arab from the town of Kafr Yassif, in Galilee, but he has chosen to live a life and develop a career beyond the cultural norms of his community. He fell in love with ballet while watching it on television, and he secretly practiced the steps which he saw. When he was 14, he asked his mother for ballet slippers, and at l5 he began lessons in the village ballet school but soon dropped out because of teasing by his schoolmates. Ballet was not for boys. Male ballet dancers are a rare commodity in any context. However, his destiny could not be denied. While his schoolmates ridiculed him, his father, a taxi driver, supports his choice, in spite of the costs. When he danced at a concert with a girl he had worked with in the ballet class which he had dropped, he was spotted by the leader of a dance troupe, and soon he ended up at the contemporary dance company at nearby Kibbutz Gaaton. In the kibbutz dance class, Ayman stands out. Not only is he an Arab, but he is also the only boy. Needless to say, he is popular with the ballerinas in the class. It’s hard work. After a full day of high school in Kafr Yassif, he travels over to the kibbutz for several hours of ballet class. Ayman “would like to be the first Palestinian Arab ballet dancer,” and he would like to open a ballet school for males some day.