Parents' Guide to

The Prancing Elites Project

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Male dance team faces prejudice, preaches tolerance.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2015
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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.

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