“We did a show that I believe was a celebration of women and our Latino culture”- Jennifer Lopez
Two powerhouse Latino women brought the house down at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. However, their performance did not come without criticisms from viewers. Critiques felt it was “too sexy” and “inappropriate”. One Ohio pastor even went as far as to threaten to sue the NFL over the performance. This brings up the question over what is inappropriate and what is an expression of culture and female empowerment? The Super Bowl halftime show is just one chapter in the chronicles of the sigma in dance.
Not all dance is judged equally. There is a stigma out there that moving in a certain way should be frowned upon. This social stigma of how people think of others can translate into a self stigma on how one looks at themselves.According to Dr. Theo De Gagne social stigmas affect each individual differently.
“It really depends on the meaningfulness the message has and who is receiving the message. Sometimes it might be how punitive it can be if someone has power or control over someone. However, it doesn’t always feel good to be judged in a particular way.” -Dr. Theo De Gagne, Psychologist
How did we get here?
Dr. Theo De Gagne likes to look at stigma through a cognitive behaviour perspective. De Gagne believes the views other people have can become distracting and disturbing for some. This could lead to anxiety, depression, or lower self esteem.
“We can really look at this in the shape of a triangle. So there could be a situational or trigger which would be the judgement. And then the person who hears it, so they have to create meaningfulness in that. They have to have thoughts about that and those thoughts have to translate into feelings which can lead to action. So we are also looking at coping responses.” -Dr. Theo De Gagne, Psychologist
While a person cannot change how others feel, they can change how they feel about themselves moving forward. It starts by looking at the assumptions one attributes meaning to and then examining how accurate these judgements are.
Meet the Cast
24 years old
Been dancing since 2 years old
23 years old
Loves to dance silly
25 years old
Just got back into dancing
Mercedes Leyh is thrilled to show the world this new documentary. Having had ten years of dance experience herself, Mercedes really connected to this story. As a content creator, Mercedes strives to find the “other side” to the story. It is her hope that the audience will walk away from this documentary with a new point of view.
Taya Fast is excited to show audiences her very first documentary. Taya really resonated with this story through personal experience from her cheer and dance background. While filming this documentary, Taya wanted to find multiple relatable characters that the audience could connect too. Taya believes this documentary caters to all audiences, no matter what your opinion is.