Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer (2005)

Genres - Culture & Society, Dance  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Dance Film, Gender Issues, Jazz & Modern Dance  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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The lives, dreams, and tireless hard work of three Toronto women are captured on camera as filmmaker Elizabeth St. Phillip documents their intense struggle to become breakout hip-hop dance stars. Michelle has a promising career in medicine, but all she really wants to do is dance. Likewise, single mother Linda is working hard to get noticed, and talented Toronto dancer Tracy fears that she will never be accepted into the American industry. Now, in between working on their moves and participating in cattle call casting sessions, these three determined dancers do whatever it takes to get noticed by freelance agents. But while black women in the hip-hop industry are often portrayed as powerful and sexy, behind the scenes they are forced to contend with occasionally misogynistic record producers, video producers, and casting agents who seem entirely incapable of seeing the beauty behind the booty.

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behind-the-scenes, Black [race], dancer, dreams-of-success, hip-hop-dance, misogyny, music-industry