by Leonard I know, I know... even though America's Best Dance Crew is now in Season 2 and people are STILL about the JaBBaWocKeeZ, you gotta admit that this next season has sort of turned into "Filipino Dance Crew". Not that it's all about Filipinos on that show, but there are enough flips on there that you know SOMEONE is bringing the adobo for baon. (I think it's the Boogie Bots.)
It's no secret to anyone that Filipinos have moves... and being part of a dance crew or performing some sort of choreographed routine is a distinct part of the Filipino "growing up" experience (who remembers learning the routine from New Edition's "If It Isn't Love" *raises hand alone*, oh shit I'm old.)
Both here and in the motherland, Filipinos of all ages love learning moves and performing them together. Prison Inmates in the Cebu Jail. Our parents doing line dances to 'Candida' at a debut or a wedding, followed by you and your friends doing the Electric Slide to 'Follow Me'. Look at Wowowee for G's sakes. There's a routine every freekin' day on that show.
It should be no surprise that as Filipinos rise to the top of the world's current love affair with street dance that our parents start to feel a little hot under the barong collar.
For every young Filipino that wants to pursue a career in dance, that's one less Filipino doctor in the world. Even worse, that's one less Filipino doctor in the immediate family. ACK! SoReal Cru member Ailyn Isidro talks about this almost every week in the produced segments of the show.
"I wish my parents supported me" "What will my parents think if I dance suggestively" blah blah blah "Oh no Oh no Oh no! What WILL they say?" *cry* Every week! That girl on the Pussycat Dolls show said the exact same thing all the time. She even cried about it.
Not that we can't all identify with the pressure to please our parents. We all know what kind of sacrifices they gave to ensure better opportunities for us. But now that there are more young flips ascending to "not-so-traditional" higher heights and actually being on TV talking about it, I wonder how Filipino parents feel? Will they see the light and support their kids?
My guess is that they'll react with the very old-school Filipino trait of losing face because their kid talked about their family issues on national television. Ay! Walang hiya!
How about you? Have you ever experienced this sort of conflict with your parents? Did they always support you with what you wanted to pursue in life? What's your story? Do they support you now?