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lblacksten

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What are some dances you have seen that the theme really made you think?  I've seen a lot of body image, cancer, domestic abuse, but is there something else out there?
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With a senior dancer in the house, we've spent many long hours watching these so-called meaningful dances.  I'm sad for the dancers, to be honest.  They have to do these pieces for the better part of a year.  When you see things like this on shows like SYTYCD, etc., they are one-offs.  Learned and performed in quick succession, rarely repeated.  I just can't imagine dancing a sad piece about someone you love dying of cancer for almost a year, week in and week out. I don't think studios think of that when they set the pieces.  I wish they would.  
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Yes! Here's one DD showed me that she LOVES!

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3mama5678

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Substance abuse. 9/11. Divorce. Bullying. Suicide. Mental illness. War. School shootings. Grief/loss
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I looked back and your dancers are about 12 and 13?  Gosh, I wouldn't push a "meaningful" piece - unless it was something loss related or bullying. (Or a personal issue your child personally wanted to work through in a dance.)

I have seen teen dances about substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide - and I am always bothered - not in a good way.  Watching a pretty dancer pretend to shoot up is not a dance to me.  Honestly these topics feel exploitive of people who struggle with real problems to me.  Psychological distress should not be a dance "theme" in my opinion.  If your dancer struggles personally with a psychological issue, dance might be a place to express him/herself, but otherwise, I wish the dance community would move away from psych ward exploitation dances.

And, I'm so tired of the body image dances - just don't.
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I recently saw one about rainbow babies.  It was danced beautifully, but I will say watching them dance "labor" (twice) and the blood they used for miscarriage was a bit much for my little one in the audience.  It left me uneasy.
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Honestly, the ones I've seen at competitions generally make me think one or more of the following:
* that dancer(s) is in over her head
* totally inappropriate
* clumsy caricature of something serious
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These kind of dances always feel very contrived to me. Not a fan.
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I recently saw one about rainbow babies.  It was danced beautifully, but I will say watching them dance "labor" (twice) and the blood they used for miscarriage was a bit much for my little one in the audience.  It left me uneasy.


Agree with dancermom128 in that these types of dances feel contrived. I mean really, how many dancers at these dance competitions have actually had a rainbow baby and know what a miscarriage emotionally feels like for a baby that was truly wanted????
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Honestly, the ones I've seen at competitions generally make me think one or more of the following:
* that dancer(s) is in over her head
* totally inappropriate
* clumsy caricature of something serious


Dave nailed it!
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Not a duet but our studio did a routine one year about disease.  They only picked kids who had personally dealt with a serious disease in their family and then they each wore black t shirts with a ribbon of colour representing their disease.  I can't remember the name of the song but it was very powerful because the kids all had something to draw on.
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lblacksten

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Well that's kinda why I'm asking. My daughter has been dancing with her duet partner for 7 years. They are tired of doing the happy, go lucky same thing and want something a little more grown up. What could young teens do that would be meaningful?
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If they are teens I would find an issue that they are passionate about and then find a song that reflects their passion.
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