Posted 28 September 2001 - 01:36 PM
Posted 28 September 2001 - 03:11 PM
I'm surprised to hear about it in a ballet studio, but then we do have the example set by "Center Stage." I've always thought classical ballet steps, jazz-inflected or not, can make a dancer much more alluring than today's in-your-face moves. But then I guess mystery isn't what some people are after. ;)
Posted 28 September 2001 - 04:16 PM
I don't mind overtly sexual dancing as long as it's done with skill and flair and isn't just plain overt; but I agree with kfw that subtlety never hurt anyone. However, in a culture that shows on prime time television a commercial wherein Britney Spears shakes her booty for an appreciative Bob Dole, well.
kfw's mention of "Center Stage' reminds me that one of my chief beefs with that movie was its depiction of the heroine as going through the motions in ballet class, only to find true release in club dancing (and ultimately leaving the classical company for a new dance fusion group).
Posted 28 September 2001 - 10:06 PM
> I certainly don't approve of the premature sexualization of kids barely out of their latency period, but I suppose we cannot be ostriches and pretend that teenagers don't have hormones.
No, but we can try to channel those hormonal urges wisely and pragmatically. It's nice to see swing dancing make a comeback.
> (And remember that the tango was once a sexual shocker. Not to mention the waltz -- where the man actually -- yes!-- put his arm around the woman's waist!) <
True, but beside the point IMHO.
> Otherwise you just get the two-tier system where the kids dance politely for their oblivious parents and then go somewhere else to do dancing they actually enjoy. <
Did a ballet fan really write that? ;)And there is world of difference between flirtatious social dancing and the sort of dancing which if translated into words would be unpostable on this site.
[ 09-28-2001: Message edited by: kfw ]
Posted 30 September 2001 - 06:55 AM
Posted 30 September 2001 - 09:44 AM
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Posted 04 October 2001 - 09:08 AM
All the jazz I have started to see is just the "bump and grind" and nothing else. When I actually sit down and watch some dance competition on TV (gasp) I realize that most teams just go out and shake their "J-Lo" and can't even execute a double pirouette.
I am 16 and I think it is absolutely disgusting to watch 9 year olds dance in ways that obviously hold no sexual meaning to them. Because, oh, they are only children?!?!?