Razzle Dazzle

Topics: Dance Pages: 2 (603 words) Published: August 25, 2013
‘Competition destroys the fun and enjoyment of activities like dance.’ Drawing on events in the film, write an essay arguing for or against this statement.’ Competitive dancing is a popular activity that involves competitors performing dance routines in various styles before a panel of judges. Dancing in a competitive program can enhance natural ability, self-esteem and confidence. However, the film Razzle Dazzle shows that there are the downsides of competitive dancing which can include extracting yourself from everyday activities and a social life, feeling strained, pressured and nervous which can cause a build-up of anxiety that could potentially affect a performance as well as ruin friendships and/or relationships. Competitiveness can change the nature of a person’s personality. In the film Razzle Dazzle, Tenille’s mother Justine is an overly competitive stage mother who pushes her daughter hard in order to make her famous by assisting her performance related needs and requirement as well as obnoxiously demanding special treatment for her daughter and placing unnecessary and inappropriate pressure on her. The use of Tenille’s archival footage shows the audience a perspective of a past and makes it clear that Justine is eager for her daughter to be a star. When the new student, Grace, comes with the possibility of stealing some of Tenille’s spotlight, Justine breaks down from the pressure and has to be consoled by Tenille. Tenille eventually has enough of Justine’s pressure and collapses from exhaustion. Placing too much pressure on a child can make them dislike the activity. Miss Elizabeth is a perfectionist and strict dance teacher who is brutally critical on her students’ errors and flaws, removing those whom she labels as “fat, lazy and untalented”. We learn that her mother was also a dance teacher who later on got married and the business’s name was later on changed to ‘Mrs.Elizabeth’ and went somewhat downhill. As Miss Elizabeth is committed to her...
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