In Strictly Ballroom individuality and freedom is constrained by a need to conform to the glamorised and fake world of ballroom dancing. This underpins Baz Luhrmann’s film from start to end with Scott Hastings desire to dance his own steps. This is first seen during the opening scene where Scott is dancing in the Waratah state Championship with dance partner Liz Holt where he breaks out into performing his own moves which are noticeably different to the typical dance steps of a ballroom routine. Les Kendall, who is Scott’s dancing coach, refers to his steps as ‘his own flashy crowd pleasing steps’. The use of ‘own’ in this dialogue demonstrates that Scott’s moves aren’t accepted in the ballroom dancing world. Luhrmann’s use of costuming in this scene is a representation of the glittery and glamorised ballroom world. The bright yellow material with lots of gold sequins suggests that the couple’s performance was ‘golden’, however the transition from a tracking camera movement to close ups and slow motion action shots, emphasises Scott’s individual talent.
Scott’s individuality isolates him not only from the ballroom dancing world but his family too. Scott’s mum, Shirley Hastings’s who is living vicariously though Scott, creates a central notion of him not fitting into the embellished ballroom