Take Action Around 'Dance for Me'
- Find out what types of opportunities are available to young people in your community who want to learn to dance and/or participate in dance competitions. Hold a fundraiser to increase the available opportunities or to sponsor those who have the talent and drive to compete.
- Mie and Egor demonstrate what it is possible to achieve when there is enough passion, drive and commitment. Imagine if you and your group applied that level of passion to making your community better. Brainstorm what you might do and then commit to acting on one or two of the ideas.
- The ballroom dancing competitions featured in the film require competitors to have a specific "look" that includes make-up and hairstyle, as well as costumes. Research the history of these requirements and the values they are intended to express. Discuss what you find and whether or not the values are those that you hope young people will embrace. Work with youth competition organizers to create events that reflect the messages you support.
- Consider becoming a "host family" for a visiting student or athlete from another country. If hosting is not possible, investigate opportunities for participating in other forms of cultural exchange.
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Dance for Me to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.
The discussion prompts are intentionally crafted to help a wide range of audiences think more deeply about the issues in the film. Rather than attempting to address them all, choose one or two that best meet your needs and interests. And be sure to leave time to consider taking action. Planning next steps can help people leave the room feeling energized and optimistic, even in instances when conversations have been difficult.
In this lesson, students will practice writing, listening and discussion skills as they follow two young competitive dancers on their journey to the European championship. Through their story, students will explore the benefits and sacrifices that come with making early career choices and examine the complexity that cultural differences add to their experience.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Penny Talbert and Rebecca Zinner of Ephrata Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary Dance For Me.