Sunday, September 23, 2012

The TDSB Invites Students to "Dare to Dance" for "Social Justice"

Found this on the TDSB site:
Register now for Dare to Dance!TDSB students in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to participate in Dare to Dance, the third annual TDSB Dance Challenge!
Why should you participate in Dare to Dance?
  • Dance for a just world and start the school year with energy and excitement
  • Create and perform a dance with a social justice message
  • Choose any dance style or fusion of styles you wish
  • Work with TrĂ© Armstrong, judge on So You Think You Can Dance, Canada
  • Work with professional dancers and choreographers
OMG, TDSB, does every freaking thing have to be about "social justice"? Whatever happened to art for art's sake? (Or to dancing for the sheer joy/physical challenge of dancing? I'd argue that one of the reasons it's still bliss to watch Fred and Ginger trip the light fantastic is that their dancing is 100% free of any "social justice message.")


Carlos Perera said...

Bravo, Scaramouche! How can I resist coming back to the blog of someone who uses wonderful idioms like "tripping the light fantastic," the sort of expressions that Carl Sandburg once called "the proverbs of a people."

(Alas, fewer and fewer Americans use those delightful sayings that came out of the vigorous popular culture of the first half of the twentieth century: A few years ago, my wife and I took some ballroom dancing lessons; workmates asked me if we were doing so in anticipation of a special occasion, to which I replied, "No, we just want to trip the light fantastic." Had I replied in an obscure dialect of Urdu, I don't think the expressions on their faces would have been more bemused.)

scaramouche said...

Early in our marriage, my husband and I took ballroom dancing lessons. Needless to say, we did more tripping than tripping the light fantastic.