Strictly Ballroom Essay- Belonging

2451 Words Apr 1st, 2011 10 Pages
English essay:
People have the longing to belong and to be accepted by a group or community. A sense of Belonging can emerge from the connections and acceptance we have with other people, communities and the larger world. These ideas of belonging are represented in texts which explore aspects of belonging and an individual’s potential to challenge or improve a community group. The film ‘Strictly Ballroom,’ directed by Baz Lurhman, the film ‘Looking for Alibrandi’ directed by Kate Woods and the exaggerated true story of an African American youth’s fight to belong in the song “dance with the devil” by immortal technique all represent ideas of belonging formed by life experiences.
‘Strictly ballroom’ is a comedic ‘mocumentary’ set in the
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Self belief is shown through the realistic dancing of the Spanish community and Fran’s family compared to the exaggerated and unreal images of the ballroom community, dominated by flashy costumes and insincerity. At the Toledo Milk Bar the earthy and sensual colours of reds and browns allows us to feel the real spirit of dancing. When Rico, Fran’s father challenges Scott to dance the Paso doble, Scott is laughed at by the way he dances. “What is so funny about the way I dance?” Fran’s Family and the Spanish community soon teach Scott that the real value of dancing comes from the heart and Fran’s grandmother shows him where he needs to really feel the rhythm in his body.

When Scott is still contemplating who to dance with at the Pan-Pacific’s he is approached by his father, “Scott can I bend your ear for a tick?” who tells him the true story of his past, and how much regret he has in never dancing his own steps. This makes Scott finally step up, and as the Pan-Pacific competition starts Scott dressed as a bullfighter and Fran dressed in her red and black ‘paso doble’ dress come on the stage. Barry Fife enraged by this couple dancing stops the music and demands them to leave the stage. However, in the crowd, Doug for the first time in his life stands up for something he believes in, he starts clapping the rhythm for Scott and Fran to dance to. A real dancer must only “listen to the rhythm and not… be scared”. Soon after, Yaya, Rico and the crowd all start
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