Beyond 'Dancing with the Stars'

May 21, 2008
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So TV's "Dancing with the Stars" has another winner.

Hooray.

I caught some of the finals last night without having seen the rest of the series. And having been to Dance Kaleidoscope's season ending performance Sunday, I'm curious as to whether the huge hit of a show is encouraging people to either a.) do more dancing themselves or b.) go see the work of professional dance companies.

So do you watch the show?

And has it had an impact on you beyond the TV set? Are you now more likely to see DK or Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre or the work of touring dance companies?

Your thoughts?
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  • I don't have TV, but last year when I was visiting my godmother, she introduced me to Dancing with the Stars. It is one of her favorite shows. I enjoyed watching it with her very much.

    Award-winning young adult novelist John Green, author of LOOKING FOR ALASKA and others, and who moved here to Indy last year, says that tv is worth watching not because of the shows themselves but because of the community building that goes on around them. He and his wife regularly watch a certain home improvement show (I forget the name, now) while they fix dinner together. He says it is the same show, basically, every night, but it serves as a starting-off point for talking about their own house.

    (I am paraphrasing rather than quoting what he said during a talk that he gave recently to the Indiana Library Federation, but you get the idea.)

    Anyway, I liked bonding with my godmother over Dancing with the Stars.

    It didn't make any difference in my going to see live dance companies, though. I already liked to do that.

    Hope Baugh
    www.IndyTheatreHabit.com
  • There seems to be some outrage by DWTS fans over Kristi Yamaguci being allowed to compete on the show, since she is a professional (not that there haven't been other athletes competing every season). It is obvious to me that DWTS has exposed many television viewers to dance. That can't be a bad thing.
  • I'll admit that when I heard that Yamaguci was in the line-up, it did seem unfair. Not because she's an athlete, but because her sport is so much about movement, grace, style, etc. The disciplines seem pretty close.

    lou
  • I don't watch any reality tv shows. They really don't interest me at all. Dancing with the Stars is such a cheesy name anyway. It reminds of Circus of the Stars from the 80's. I don't know that it has any bearing on the public at large that watches this show. I don't think they're any more likely to go out and watch a professional dance company. I think it may make some people perhaps decide to take dance lessons, but that's about it. I think most people watch it for the spectacle, not neccesarily for the art of dancing. Kinda like people who watch American Idol.

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