Will You Watch? Black, Gay Dance Troupe Prancing Elites Get New Reality Show
You may remember a video of an all male majorette style dance troupe that caused quite a buzz a few years ago when the clip of them performing on the bleachers went (something like) viral.
The video of the Prancing Elites garnered so much attention, the Oxygen network felt like they would make a good reality show.
As you might imagine the dancers, being gay, have faced intense obstacles in pursuit of their dreams to dance.
One of the cast members summarized like this: We have three strikes against us. We’re Black, we’re gay and we live in Alabama.
Naturally, the new show, “The Prancing Elites Project” will follow the troupe as they navigate the intolerance of others and work toward achieving their personal and professional goals.
Oxygen released the statement describing the show.
This African American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team comprised of Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Timothy Smith is challenging societal norms while overcoming several obstacles with passion and wit on their journey to be their authentic selves. The series delves into the personal lives of these five best friends in Mobile, Alabama as they fight to be accepted in the female-dominated dance culture of J-Setting.
Currently excluded from competitions and banned from participating in several hometown and national parades, The Prancing Elites seek other ways to showcase their talent from dancing in the stands at college football games to performing on a boat cruise. Despite professional rejections, family disapproval and tensions, personal health crises and heartbreak, the group won’t let anything stand in their way as they continue to lift one another up and band together in the face of adversity. Hoping to build a name for themselves outside the walls of Mobile, this dream team is determined to see their name in lights and go wherever the music takes them.
You can watch a sneak peek in the video below.
I think this will be interesting. The new series will air on Wednesday, April 22 at 10 PM ET/PT on Oxygen.