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Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp

A young man risks a life of obscurity unless he can overcome the walls his family has put up that force him to stay in the closet and not pursue his passion to dance.



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The chance of a lifetime, or the expectations of family–your choice. One means the future of dreams; the other, soul-crushing submission to monotony. The decision awaits.

A sixteen-year-old boy with a passion to dance burning in his soul finds favor with a local dance instructor, who takes him under her wing. She hones that passion, shapes it into something incredible. But all along, the boy struggles with the certain knowledge that his Old World grandfather will never relent for him to follow his dream. With the desire gnawing at his soul, the boy must choose: duty to family, or his passionate dream. The pressure mounts until the boy can take no more. The consequences of his actions leave his life in ruins, but the boy seizes inspiration from an extraordinary expression of human fortitude and rebuilds his shattered dream into a sum greater than he could have ever imagined.

Movies like “Billy Elliot” and “Strictly Ballroom”, powerful, timeless, transcendent tales of young men finding their coming of age in dance, are my inspiration for “Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp.”

“Dancing Under a Buzzing Streetlamp”, Finalist in the Coverfly 2022 Pitch Week and Quarter-Finalist in the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition, will yank at your heartstrings, punch you in the gut, and make you cry. The rousing and powerful dance set pieces will make you stand and cheer. The images will resonate in your soul long after the words fade.

Submitted: January 21, 2019
Last Updated: January 12, 2023

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The Writer: William Parsons

"Do not fear death; fear the unlived life." Ever since I read that advice given by Pa Tuck in Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, I have thought of that as my rallying call. I do not want to come to the end of my days (at 52 years old, still—so I hope—a ways off) and look back and realize to my horror, "Wow, what a waste!" A product of a bad childhood, I have stumbled through my adulthood, always though managing to keep on the path of my own happiness. The one constant through all of it has been my writing, which has lived in symbiosis with my meandering that path. My writing has served as my journal of that journey, and my journey has provided me the well of emotions and experiences to... Go to bio

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