Strictly Ballroom

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NOTES FOR STRICTLY BALLROOM

Themes
* Individuality and freedom vs conformity and authority
* Courage over fear
* Passion over restraint
* Multiculturalism

and the ultimate quote

to live a life in fear is a life half lived ( said by Fran to Scott)

Link Scotts deepened belonging to the Spanish community, contrasted against the world of the ballroom federation. He finds a way to not live a life in fear and dance from his heart. He therefore truly finds his identity by belonging with the Spanish community and rebelling against his old conformed world.

I talked about Barry Fife and how he only finds a sense of belonging within the ballroom context (place). Once he is removed from that context, he is lost and faces a sense of isolation and derision. He is then marginalized.

The whole movie is based on belonging to place. The dance floor is the place in which all the dancers belong to. However, without the connection to people and groups (the Dance Federation), belonging to place cannot be established.

“The Anglo world took the Paso Doble, which is a dance of expression, and put a whole lot of rules on it, and made it about winning. Whereas in Fran’s family, dancing is a tradition, it comes from life, it is an expression of life.”

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