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15 Sep 2012

Weekly Inspirations

Strictly Come Dancing is back on TV and I'm in the dancing mood. :) I've had the finale to Dirty Dancing and Strictly Ballroom on repeat, dancing in my seat to Footloose, and getting ready for all the amazing dances we'll be seeing. 

University dance troop criticised over 'mad' straightjacket performance

A university dance team has come under fire after performing dressed as 'mad people' in straight jackets and wacky hair.

Dancers from Robert Morris University dance team wore wild hair, dark eye make-up and chef coats made to look like straitjackets for a competition in Minnesota last month.
Advocates say such negative depictions contribute to the stigma felt by many who deal with mental disorders and might prevent some from seeking help.

Tap dance champion, 21, recovers from brain tumour operation which doctors said would leave her unable to dance
A dancer who was told she may never walk again after being diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumour, is now planning to strap on her tap dancing shoes.
Stephanie Still, 21, has made remarkable progress, after undergoing a gruelling 10-hour operation and is now planning to dance at a charity fundraising event.
Ms Still reached the semi-finals of Sky’s Got To Dance with her dance group Tap Attack last February.
But she was diagnosed with a rare malignant brain tumour last May.
A grade three ependymoma, it measured four and a half centimetres across and was removed in a 10 and a half hour operation days later.
Six-year-old girl who was told she would never walk fulfils dance dream after pioneering surgery

A little girl who doctors said would never walk has defied medics by taking up dancing lessons.

All her young life, six-year-old Sophie Nugent has wanted nothing more than to dance like her idols JLS and Rihanna.

But while the other children around her spent their afternoons learning moves in the dance studio, she was told she would spend most of her life in a wheelchair.
Now, a year after undergoing a groundbreaking £40,000 medical procedure in the US, little Sophie, from, Angmering, West Sussex is strutting her stuff in her brand new blue leotard.

Dance Moms hits a new low: Girls as young as EIGHT wear nude bikinis and dance burlesque routines in front of their mothers

Lifetime's Dance Moms has hit new lows by asking its child contestants - the youngest of whom is just eight-years-old - to dress in nude bikinis and perform a burlesque routine on stage.
The raunchy dance moves are usually the domain of striptease experts, the X-rated acts brimming with nudity, nipple tassels and sexually explicit poses.
But a clip from this week's show sees dance teacher Abby Lee Miller dressing the children in tan bikinis to give the audience the impression of full nudity, before asking them to act as if a man 'cant' afford' them.


  1. I just can't with that last story O_o UGH. The raaaaaaage!

    Thanks for sharing. Food for thought as always ^_^

  2. Mmm... yes, well, that Dance Moms show just... hmmm... okay. Biting tongue. So many things I could say about childhood innocence and parenting. But I'll spare your blog my ranting, Robin! :)

    Thanks for sharing the stories of those who didn't prevent a negative medical prognosis stifle their dreams. They should inspire us all. :)