So You Think You Can Dance

Finding Our Reality in Reality TV

2017-08-18T13:19:59-04:00August 21st, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

Unlike American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, America's Got Talent opens up auditions to a broad array of acts, from animal trainers to stilt walkers, welcoming solo acts and ensembles alike. But here's what's interesting. All four finalists, as you'll see in tonight's finale, are solo acts. And -- all four sing. Yup. Despite a wide variety of acts purposely selected by the judges for the top twenty -- the voting/dialing/push-buttoning audience has chosen a fairly homogeneous group of finalists -- four singing soloists. While it is probably true that American Idol has influenced how we vote, there is something much larger at play with America's Got Talent and all reality TV. Each is a hero's journey. Each involves thousands hoping to be called to adventure. And as we watch, and participate by voting, we begin to feel that we are on the journey as well. We've talked about this before, so now let's analyze/probe a bit further.

Rachel, Leah and “So You Think You Can Dance”

2017-08-18T13:19:59-04:00August 18th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

Pop Quiz: What percentage of dance students throughout the world are girls? I'm going to guess 9 out of 10, or 90%. When the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance held a workshop to train dance teachers from inner-city schools, how many of the attendees were women? I'm estimating 7 out of 10, or 70%. How many of the choreographers this season were women? Roughly 4 out of 19, about 20%. Of the eight choreographers invited to choose their favorite dance, how many were women? 1 in 8, or 12.5%. Which of the dances did the judges regard as the most heartfelt and moving? A dance choreographed by one of the women, Mia Michaels. Some of you may say, Wake up Whitney, it's a man's world...