I just want to talk real quick about the gender rolls in the dancing to this song: (I’m a bit rusty, so please forgive and correct any inaccuracies!)
Interestingly enough, it’s incredibly gender-neutral despite this being a male/female partner dance (which is traditionally very gendered, as the man is supposed to act as the ‘leader’ and the woman as the ‘follower’).
1. Pearl does actually take on the feminine role by placing her hands over Gregs, but they’re using what I believe is called “Open position,” which is used for more neutral partnerships (i.e. friends, co-workers, people of very different ages)–
which is very different from the more close/traditional/romantic position which the animators carefully avoided:
(His left hand goes under, her right hand goes over, his right hand goes on her waist and her right hand goes on his shoulder.)
2. When they move, they take turns moving forwards and backwards. In a waltz or something of the like, the man would lead by taking a step forwards and the woman would take a step backwards and they would move in a box before returning to neutral position. By taking out the side steps, Pearl and Greg effectively change who is leading the dance with each step. First it’s Greg, then it’s Pearl.
3. Pearl is the first to do an under the arm tern, which would only be done by the female dancer.
4. However, it is followed by her dipping Greg, which is something the male dancer would do (the female dancer would be the one who is dipped), thus ending the dance on a gender-neutral sentiment, and the two on equal terms.
I know it seems very picky, but please remember that dance is a very precise and intricate language of its own, and the fact that the crew took time to ensure that these little details were not overlooked really means a lot to me.
Shout out to everyone involved with this sequence. It was exceptionally well done.