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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bring It! is a reality series featuring a group of elite Southern hip-hop majorette dancers being coached through competition season. While it showcases some of the traditions surrounding this type of dance culture, it also contains some arguing between the coach and the moms, some language ("bitch," "damn"), and lots of booty shaking and skin-revealing costumes. The coach briefly mentions her past in adult films, but as a negative experience.
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What's the story?
BRING IT! is a reality series starring professional dancer Dianna "Miss D" Williams coaching the Dollhouse Dancers, an elite all-girl hip-hop majorette team from Jackson, Mississippi. As the owner of the Dollhouse Dance Factory, Williams is responsible for choreographing, teaching, and coaching young women through the cutthroat competition season. But while she pushes them to be the strongest dancers possible, she also works hard to be a positive mentor by stressing the importance of education, persistence, and having strong self-esteem. She's tough on her students, but sometimes finds herself being tougher on their moms when they undermine her rules, or aren't as supportive of their daughters as they believe they should be.
Is it any good?
The Dance Moms-like show offers a voyeuristic look into the world of Southern hip-hop majorette dancing, the roots of which are in African-American culture, and which requires both precision and very high energy to perform. But while Dianna Williams is loud, strong, and unapologetic when it comes to her coaching style, unlike Abby Lee Miller, she also assumes a mentoring role designed to encourage these young women to rise above some of the obstacles and challenges outside of the dance world.
There is some mama drama, especially when moms disagree with each other's assessments of their children's needs, or with Williams' coaching decisions. Meanwhile, some folks unfamiliar with this performance style may be surprised by some of the sexualized moves featured here. But dance fans will appreciate the art form, and enjoy the high-energy choreography showcased here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the history of hip hop majorette dancing. Where did it originate? What distinguishes it from other styles of dance? Is it only performed in certain geographic regions?
How real do you think the behavior between the moms and the dance coach is? Do you think they behave the same way when the cameras are off? Do you think this show can still be entertaining without arguments?
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