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Female Tap Dancers Eliminated on “Dancing With The Stars”

Posted Sep 27 2007 12:00am

Savion Glover and his group of hoofers, introduced as “Bare Sounds” were predictably phenomenal in their performance at the “Dancing With The Stars” result show!

The sequence began with the three male dancers, Savion Glover, Maurice Chestnut, & Marshall Davis dancing on three raised wooden platforms after an initial improvised solo by Mr. Glover. Mr. Chestnut & Mr. Davis did a great job of dancing in support of Mr. Glover, executing the intricate choreography with ease and style. “Those cats are talented” is what I kept repeating to my wife throughout the performance. About halfway through the performance Ashley DeForest, Rhonda Jordan, and Shaina Mitchell formed a line across the rear of the stage and joined in on the dancing.

The problem with this dance was the way the female dancers were featured. First, throughout the performance they were either off stage, or relegated to the back of the bus…uh, I mean stage (Rosa Parks anyone?). This setup communicated to the audience that they were not really a part of the “main event” (i.e. the three dudes looking cool dancing in all of the smoke).

By the way, as far as I could tell, and I will have to wait on the YouTube video posting to confirm this but, the ladies were not even provided with the same raised wooden platforms to tap on. What kind of message does that send?

Here is the deal, Hoofing is still seen as a male dominated form of dance, despite all of the great contributions female dancers are currently making. Given this context, why restrict the female dancers to the back of the stage?

Why not provide them with the same flooring to dance on?

From what I could see, they appeared to be very talented dancers, why not feature at least one of them?

Was it that they are not as talented as the guys? If so, why were they chosen to perform? There is no shortage of great female tap dancers around. I am sure any one of them would have loved the exposure provided by a featured performance on “Dancing with the Stars”.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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