The Prancing Elites Project

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Male dance team faces prejudice, preaches tolerance.

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Positive Messages

Promotes tolerance, non-discrimination, and dance as an activity anyone can do. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The dancers support each other as they face challenges. Some adult audiences are judgmental, prejudiced.

Violence

People yell, berate, insult dancers. An apartment is allegedly torched. 

Sex

Dance moves include pelvis thrusting; costumes reveal midriffs. 

Language

"Bitch," "damn"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped. 

Consumerism

It's a promotional vehicle for the Prancing Elites. Between scenes invites viewers to join Periscope. Apple computers visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Prancing Elites Project is a reality series about an Alabama dance team that features African-American, gay, and non-gender-conforming members. It addresses issues relating to sexual orientation, racism, and discrimination. There's some strong language ("bitch," "damn"; "s--t," "f--k" bleeped), dance moves that include some pelvic thrusting, and occasional mild arguing. People are shown insulting and shaming cast members; hate crimes are addressed in one episode. 

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What's the story?

THE PRANCING ELITES PROJECT features an all-male, self-defined African-American gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama. After getting lots of exposure thanks to a favorable tweet from basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, the Prancing Elites got a local talent agent and performed their dance routines, called J-setting, around the country. But when they returned to their hometown and danced in the popular Alabama Semmes Christmas Parade, they became a subject of controversy and continue to face bigotry and discrimination. Despite the rejection, they're committed to keep dancing, performing, and showing the world that they're strong enough to rise above. 

Is it any good?

The series focuses on the challenges the all-male Alabama dance team faces as they share their J-setting (a dance style developed by the female dancers of the Jackson State University Marching Band and made famous by Beyoncé) skills at local events. Though some of the show highlights them successfully performing, much of what's featured is the unapologetic scorn, contempt, and judgment they face when they do. It also shows some of the overall prejudice they face as African-American, gay, non-gender-conforming men. 

As in any reality series, there are some lighthearted moments and interpersonal drama. But it's also honest, thanks to the way it allows viewers to see, through the dancers' eyes, what it's like to be shamed and vilified simply for being who you are are and doing what you love to do. Regardless of one's personal views on the subject of sexual orientation, The Prancing Elites Project honestly reveals the pain of discrimination and the importance of acceptance. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about prejudice and discrimination. Why do some people believe in treating certain groups differently from others? How does the media affect the way people think about these things? 

  • Many reality shows focus on communities who look, behave, or even think differently from people in the mainstream. Why? Is it possible to portray these communities without relying on stereotypes? Is this show successful at doing this?

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For kids who love inspirational reality

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