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Chance To Dance For You:

Questions for Teachers and/or Book Clubs

  1. Each of the chapters of Chance to Dance for You is based on a song title or lyrics from a song.  In a scavenger hunt involving Google and YouTube, listen to and identify the song Sobat alludes to in each of the eighteen chapters?  Why do you think the title was chosen in each case?
     
  2. What (and why) do you think Ian’s main issue is:  his infatuation with Jess Campeau?  his know-it-all sanctimony?  his gaydom in a conservative suburb?
     
  3. Chance to Dance for You is, in part, a criticism of suburban life.  Do you think this critique is justified?  Why or why not?
     
  4. Do the cliques and groups that Sobat identifies in the fictional Whitleigh High School exist in your school or one that you know of?  If so, why do such groups form and how do they marginalize or segregate students?
     
  5. Chance to Dance for You explores the consequences, sometimes dangerous, of intolerance, bullying, and cyber-bullying.  How accurate is the portrayal?
     
  6. Instances of gay bashing and gay youth experiencing bullying have been in the news lately.  How is Ian’s story similar to or different from recent news accounts?
     
  7. Do you think it’s important to consider the First People who lived on a particular part of land or your city or town?  Why or why not?
     
  8. At one point, Ian speaks up against his high school’s administrators, even whistle blowing information to the press.  Do you feel he is justified?  Why or why not?  Is your school administration, or that at your son’s or daughter’s school, supportive of students who are different, whether because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation?  What might you as an individual do to support those who are marginalized within the school system?
     
  9. Should Ian have chosen to speak to Jess after the final attack?  Why or why not?
     
  10. Do you think Ian will have the chance to dance again at the National Ballet School?
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