While my first two episodes focused on the grittier bones of being a kid (bullying, fighting, and competition) I also tried to frame images of Philadelphia that have really stuck with me.
This episode is a little lighter. It pulls together four vignettes about dancing.
I was in no way a dancer, but it was interesting to think back on all of the opportunities for dance. It was (and is) a bridge from childhood to adulthood...a way for young people to play at being adult...to approach the opposite sex...to put aside childish things.
The four vignettes:
- my being forced to dance with my mom in the middle of my aunt's living room
- our parody of the Village People for the 8th grade talent show
- the 8th grade dance contest
- the local dance show "Dancin' on Air"