Dance Academy: Growing Pains   First Watch 
May 16, 2016 1:11 AM - Season 1, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The perils of going through adolescence in a high pressure atmosphere with constant scrutiny and zero privacy.
posted by tel3path (3 comments total)
Every teacher and administrator in this show seems constantly shocked that they're in charge of adolescents who make terrible decisions. Constantly. Like they have literally never met teenagers before this month and have no idea why they don't behave themselves.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:05 AM on May 16, 2016 [4 favorites]

Sounds like pretty much every schoolteacher ever? At least during my schooldays in the 70s and 80s. I've noticed that today's teachers, and kids, have a lot more emotional control, but that could just be the small and biased sample I've encountered.

All the stuff like... if Tara's overdone it with the makeup, given that Miss Raine is her teacher at a BOARDING SCHOOL and, thus, is even more in loco parentis than usual... there has to be a better way of dealing with it than calling her out in front of the whole class, and over what is essentially a matter of personal taste.

Even just taking the discussion offline would be better, and Miss Raine never has any more constructive suggestion than STOP DOING $THING.

I'm sure she's not awash with time, nor is she a psychologist equipped to deal with such potentially serious issues as Abigail being ashamed of getting boobs (which, you know, Abigail's right, that magnificent rack could kibosh her professional career regardless of any other qualities that she has, so no wonder she's in distress). And she can't spend time giving makeup advice to every kid that's suffering breakouts and wants to hide her face. But these kids don't seem to have any dedicated sources of pastoral care at all! There's no matron in the dorms, or anything like that?
posted by tel3path at 7:40 AM on May 16, 2016 [1 favorite]

What I love about this show is that the teens are *teens*. They look like adolescents and they act like adolescents. Tara's pimple storyline was relatable.

I still can't decide if Miss Raine is meant to be a strict but somewhat reasonable authority figure or a bit of a sadist.

Poor Abigail. There's nothing wrong with having breasts and there's something wrong with ballet if it teaches women otherwise.
posted by daybeforetheday at 12:58 AM on July 13, 2017

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