Bill T Jones on Reality Dance Shows

Legendary, and Tony winning dance choreographer Bill T. Davis has some harsh words for reality dance programs.

“Said Jones: “That’s good for dance, people say. But it’s not good that dance is sport. It is not sport. It is a subtle art form.”

With dance starting to be recognized as a sport, mainly because of it’s strong hold on summer programming, does that mean it cannot be art as well?

I find SYTYCD appealing because of the art that is created through the challenge of the sport. This is dancing at its finest, six weeks where different choreographers create beautiful art for people who cannot afford or don’t have the opportunity to experience this on their own.

The sports element is shown through their hard work. The clips before they dance that shows the practice is a perfect example of the strength it takes.

Why dance cannot be seen as sport and art is ridiculous, and slightly pretencious. It shows how hard these people work and will expose what they do to more people.

Dance has started showing up in more movies, besides musicals, and television shows. More shows featuring dance have been popping up, and there is even a youtube channel for dance.

These shows have allowed people to see the mastery and control it takes to be a dancer. I believe it has helped the dance industry gain more respect from people outside of the art community.

The article is from Dance Spirit Magazine and you can check it out here.

Also, he went on SYTYCD Canada but believes these are “sometimes obscene,” give me a break.



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Categories: Choreographer, Columns, Dancers, So You Think You Can Dance


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