Yellin’ and screamin’ and dancin’

Back in my improv days, we learned that agreement was the name of the game. Audiences don’t want to sit and watch people disagree, right?

Then why do I enjoy Dance Moms so much?

grrrrrI started watching the Lifetime reality show at first out of simple curiosity.  But I was quickly sucked in.

I could pretend it’s the dance numbers.  Or the rehearsal process.  But let’s be honest —

It’s the conflict.

Abby, the dance teacher, yelling at the kids.  The moms yelling at Abby.  The entire group yelling at moms and dancers from other troupes.  They are whackadoodle, and I love every minute of it.

I’m not sure what that says about me.  Perhaps my life is just so calm and centered that I am looking for vicarious insanity?

Doubt it.

One response to “Yellin’ and screamin’ and dancin’

  1. Conflict is the part of human drama that draws us into many stories. We don’t want to read a book or watch a movie about a couple of people who have an agreeable dinner conversation. We want vibrant characters who have opposing goals, and we want to see them go head-to-head. Add a dash of insanity and the voyeurism of reality TV and you have an understandable winner of a program, right? (Or maybe I’m justifying the few times I caught the show and enjoyed it…)

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