Elliot Essay

Billy Elliot is a Story of a Young Boy's Journey to Become a Professional Dancer

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Billy Elliot is a story of a young boy’s journey to fulfil his dream in becoming a professional dancer. The story takes place in Everington, in a coal mining town with the cultural norm expecting boys to participate in boxing. However, Billy challenges this norm by choosing to dropout of boxing and take up ballet instead. This movie illustrates the obstacles that he faced and how he battled his way to overcome them to become a professional dancer.

The social environment of a child is very important to the development of their respective sport as it has direct implications to their motivation level and their willingness to learn. Billy was not in a supportive social environment when he was practicing boxing. Billy lost his mother at a…show more content…

Billy Elliot is a story of a young boy’s journey to fulfil his dream in becoming a professional dancer. The story takes place in Everington, in a coal mining town with the cultural norm expecting boys to participate in boxing. However, Billy challenges this norm by choosing to dropout of boxing and take up ballet instead. This movie illustrates the obstacles that he faced and how he battled his way to overcome them to become a professional dancer.

The social environment of a child is very important to the development of their respective sport as it has direct implications to their motivation level and their willingness to learn. Billy was not in a supportive social environment when he was practicing boxing. Billy lost his mother at a very young age and life at home was not very smooth sailing as both his father and brother were striking miners, causing them to be easily irritated and often took their anger out on him. Billy had no interest in boxing but was pressured into taking up boxing by his father and the culture of the environment which he was placed in.

Without passion and the motivation, Billy always performed badly during boxing classes, he was often made to fork out extra time to polish up his basic skills before he could call it a day. This failure was a great blow to Billy’s confidence causing him to have a very low perceived competence level. In addition, Billy had several issues with the coach, he was not only an aggressive man with strict and regimented

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Billy Elliot Into the World Essay

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Billy Elliot Into the World

There are a variety of pathways and elements, which enables individual transition into a New World. ‘Into the World’ is about people choosing the next pathway into their life by their own determination, experiences and support which enables them to go beyond their original location and narrow view of the world. ‘Billy Elliot’ relates to the elective ‘Into the World’ as the film is about new possibilities opening up, determination, family support and individual growth. Two related texts that show other kinds of transitions into new worlds include an article on the Queensland School of Excellence titled ‘Pas de deux’ from the ‘Australian Educator’ on the 03/05/04 and a documentary by a Youth Program called…show more content…

The use of doors is a reoccuring symbol representing new worlds or barriers between worlds and used throughout the film. Billy’s initial glimpse of the ballet class through the door, and the way he enters the class hesitantly symbolises a new world opening up to Billy. Billy’s determination is one the key elements involved in his eventual transition into a different world. Realising that his father would not allow him to pursue ballet, he attends lessons in secret and practices extensively in his bedroom, the bathroom and wherever else he can have some privacy. The door motif is again prominent with Billy’s father physically holding Billy back from pursing his pathway into a new world. Many of the doors are shut and he must fight to break these barriers down. For Billy, dance becomes a means of escape from his surroundings, a refuge, a form of self-expression and, ultimately, a way out of his closed community and into the larger world. The limited use of colour reminds us that the family world is collapsing just as new horizons are opening up for Billy. Billy is determined to go against the rules and traditions of his family and forge his way into a new world. Determination is also used through persuasive and emotional language in the article ‘Pas de deux’. The Queensland Dance School of Excellence is an education program offered in partnership with Ballet. It provides the opportunities for talented dance students to continue their dance training in the upper

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