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Posted by WheeledTraveler (U14197717) on Sunday, 24th January 2010
Am I the only person looking forward to Dancing on Wheels?
I used to do wheelchair ballroom and I'm really excited that it's getting any airtime anywhere! I know it's "just another dance show", but I can't watch things like Strictly Come Dancing and think "I've done that" and I can with this. It's nice to see some of my experience out there. (And I had about 6 weeks between when I started and first major performance with people who'd been dancing years longer than I had so the rush will also be a bit realistic to me)
I'll admit that some of my excitement is because I've danced with Brain Fortuna so know how good he is and how non-patronizing and such he is. But I'm also just excited because it's wheelchair dance.
Posted by Jean - jhmelea (U13794774) on Monday, 25th January 2010
I'm not sure excited is the right word but I am interested in seeing the first episode, I used to dance before the wheelchair (thought more latin than ballroom) and thought it was something I just had to live without now.
I'm engaged and would love to be able to dance at my wedding so this is relevant and peeking my curiosity as to how, where and cost of lessons etc.
Posted by jockice (U1828467) on Tuesday, 26th January 2010
I saw an advert for it yesterday. Not usually my sort of thing at all - but it actually looked quite interesting.
Posted by Latinadancer2009 FF (U14108290) on Tuesday, 26th January 2010
I'm really looking forward to this program. It's an opportunity to see how people with dissabilies can get involve in the amazing dancing world.
Posted by picklelemons (U10196733) on Wednesday, 27th January 2010
Very much looking forwards to this- will make people see both dancing and those using wheelchairs in a different light
Posted by Kate FF (U14197083) on Wednesday, 27th January 2010
Hi all <hugs>
I'm really looking forward to this programme too
Posted by Glistener (U5249510) on Wednesday, 27th January 2010
I think you will find an army of people who are excited. I remember Brian talking about it last summer at his cabaret with Kristina and I've been waiting for it ever since
Posted by Purplecatz (U14261132) on Thursday, 28th January 2010
I'm really looking forward to this. I love watching the regular dance shows, and thought wheelchair dancing meant the old fashioned formation style.
I think this programme may prove me wrong - I hope so, and I would love to find a local class that I could go to.
Posted by mrsfortuna (U13717194) on Friday, 29th January 2010
wetting myself with excitement - no nothing about wheelchair ballroom but its a program with brian fortuna in it! he winked at me when i blew him a kiss in the strictly tour last week - i nearly fainted
Posted by hossylass (U3749845) on Friday, 29th January 2010
I think maybe that you are missing a small but significant point here.
This is a board for disabled people.
1) Wetting yourself with excitement is probably a bit tactless when many people on here involuntarily urinate due to illness and disability.
2) The whole point of this board is to support disabled people in all their endeavors, including wheelchair activities, so being dismissive about the whole point of this board, again shows a lack of understanding of the ethos and indeed the point of the show in question.
The show is not advertised as being a Brian Fortuna love-in, or a parade of his brilliance. It is supposed to be demonstrating the skills of wheelchair users.
3) If a shrieking camp prima donna floats your boat, then fine. But do us all a favour, and keep your facile comments within your own group.
4) As in the point about involuntary urination, fainting is, for some posters a real problem due to heart problems, blood pressure problems and other disabilities that would be beyond your comprehension.
It may not have occured to you that your remarks are tactless, purile and immature, but guess what? Within the environs of this board, they really, really are.
Posted by DavidG (U2600889) on Saturday, 30th January 2010
>> I love watching the regular dance shows <<
So ask yourself why no disabled participants there....
Posted by flea (U12948061) on Sunday, 31st January 2010
On Dancing With the Stars (the American version of Strictly Come Dancing) they have had Heather Mills and Marlee Matlin. They were both brilliant.
Posted by pinkcarys (U13641140) on Sunday, 31st January 2010
I can't stand Ms Mills but fairs fair, she's currently taking part in the bog standard Dancing on Ice. Although...the idea of Crips on Ice appeals somewhat!
Posted by DavidG (U2600889) on Sunday, 31st January 2010
>> On Dancing With the Stars (the American version of Strictly Come Dancing) they have had Heather Mills and Marlee Matlin. They were both brilliant. <<
True, but as far as physical disabilities and dance go, a lower leg amputation and severe hearing impairment aren't especially limiting. No wheelchair user, no wobblie with crutches, no CPer.... If the participants of Dancing on Wheels are worthy of that show, why aren't they worthy of being on one of the mainstream dance shows?
Posted by Nia (U14281774) on Tuesday, 9th February 2010
I don't think I'll be watching Dancing on wheels.
Personally I believe that its a shame we have to be singled out and given a separate different TV program.
I'm pretty sure everywhere I go I will be ridiculed because of this show by people thinking it's funny.
I wish I could feel the excitement like everyone else.
Posted by meridi (U13521523) on Wednesday, 10th February 2010
I agree Nia as a wheelchair user I already have been attacked several times, abused on the street, now I will be ridiculed and laughed at with regard to this show.
Does anyone here realise how bad it is out there for disabled people? how wheeelchair users are spat on, abused, attacked because we percived as getting special favours, this show will just encourage such views imo.
I love dancing and watching dancing but sadly I belive most who watch this show will be those who like 'freek shows' where disabled people are focused on in such ways.
I have said on another thread that this takes us back to the days of the Black and White minstrals, this show is just as offensive now and the BBC should know better.
Posted by Glistener (U5249510) on Wednesday, 10th February 2010
Posted by meridi (U13521523) on Wednesday, 10th February 2010
Hi Glistener, yes great dancing , beautiful as are all dancers
Dancing is not the issue, making a show just about wheelchair users with clebrities dancing is the issue.
Why not have intergrated show regardless of impairment?
beauty of dance and skill of dancers would be great as would the ethos of revealing disabled people with a variety of impairments or conditions can dance as can non disabled people.
Would you not agree?
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