Strictly Ballroom Essay Questions

Essay on Strictly Ballroom Belonging

616 WordsJan 28th, 20113 Pages

Belonging or not belonging is the feeling of being included or excluded by a certain group, person, place or community. This is conveyed very well in the film “strictly ballroom” produced by Baz Luhrmen and the picture book “The Sneetches” by Dr suess. In stictly ballroom, this concept is primarily conveyed by Scott Hastings struggle with the dance community to find where he truly belongs. In 'The Sneetches is refers to the group belonging of the two seperate types of sneetches and their journey to belong as a community and individually.

In “Strictly Ballroom” the beginning scenes of the film Baz established the conventional, elegant atmosphere of the ballroom dancing world. Using a combination of techniques such as graceful music, the…show more content…

To find a true sense of belonging within a set world, one must have the courage to stay true to themselves. The protagonists in this film Scott and Fran gradually challenge and redefine the order of this community. Scott “the up and coming star” of the ballroom world becomes frustrated with only dancing the old traditional steps and wants permission to introduce his own kind of steps.

In the illustrated story 'The Sneetches' illustrated and written by Dr. Suess he demonstrates individuals within a group desperately seeking approval of another group they are made to believe are more elite.

Not belonging may not be a permanent state. Doug, Scott's father is portrayed as a very quiet charter who rarely speaks. He is often seen in the dance studio improvising his movements, which is similar to what Scott did earlier on in the film. However he is often captured through a high angle shot and very limited lighting making it appear as though the audience is secretly overlooking his dancing which no one is meant to see. This image suggests that he too wants to express his passion through dance, but he can only do it in the dark alone as if he is too afraid of confronting those who oppose it. The darkness around Doug lets him express himself as an individual and shed his previous conformed life. This is clearly conveying the main idea, that it is very important to belong but only if an individual can first belong to

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Strictly Ballroom is about Scott Hastings desire to break free of ballroom style dance rules and perform his own freestyle dance steps. This creates a strong ambition in Scott, putting himself above others and sometimes being nasty to Fran with the vision to get what he wants. Scott's ambition drives his behavior and event outcomes within the film/text, but unlike other ambitious characters his ambition is not about power and ruling others, but about teaching people to be promote self-expression, individuality, freedom and above all go against conformity and authority.  

The following short clip from the film highlights the major theme, with Scott Hastings breaking free of the rules and dancing his own way.  This scene shows the audience just how much Scott's support group and authorities disapprove of his ambitions of self-expression, individuality and freedom whilst breaking away from conformity and institutional control.

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