Belonging- Strictly Ballroom

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Perceptions and ideas of belonging, or of not belonging, vary. A person may link belonging with a special connection with people, groups, places, communities, ideas etc. and may link a sense of belonging with a sense of identity. The two texts Strictly Ballroom, directed by Baz Luhrmann and The lost thing by Shaun Tan both convey similar and contrasting ideas on the idea of belonging. Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom explores several themes in relation to belonging. It conveys people's need to belong and what price they are willing to pay for their conformity. The universal need to fit into the Federation in the dancing world has led to the shedding of individuality and conforming to the demands/expectations of the Federation and to adapt to the status quo. This has led to a world of hierarchies and cliques within the dancing world where the dancers shed their personalities in favour of 'fitting in' and dancing only to the strictly regulated Federation steps. Scott Hastings' perceptions of belonging contrasts with the Federations perception, which is made up from an idea of conformation and abiding by status quo's. Scott's idea of individuality and creativity is constantly being shot down by his family and other members of the federation, particularly Shirley and Barry Fife, the president of the Federation who rules the Federation similarly to a ruthless dictator. Scott is left frustrated by not being able to dance his own steps and express himself whilst dancing in the Federation. Scott's desperation to compete and win the Pan Pacific's leads to his betrayal of Fran, his original dance partner who he planned to dance his own steps with in direct defiance to the Federation. Scott pays for this conformity by obliging to the Federation rules' and rejecting his original perceptions of individuality. This is until he re-evaluates his morals and once again directly
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