My own research says mostly no, in regards to dragon myths in China. “as their ability to fly (and control rain/water, etc.) are mystical and not seen as a result of their physical attributes.” But since the name of the book we base our show on is called “Legend of the Chinese Dragon” I defer to the author, who says they do. Though it’s a good example on how much detail kids regard what they see.
4) Are any of the dancers from China….or Mexico?
I laughed at the child‘s attempt to frame the question in a politically correct format. One of our AB dancers is ethically Asian, and we used the opportunity to get them to find “Saipan” on the globe back in their classrooms. The smart alec in me wanted to point out our very Caucasian Bosnian and say “why yes, yes he is”…..but I digress.
2) Do you work out with weights?
For an answer, “All Abs” sports his guns to the thrill of every sighing girl and sexual confused boy in the audience.
The Follow-up question? Can he flex his muscles again?
Really, this question is asked at EVERY kid’s performance, sometimes multiple times in various forms. Their minds are suddenly opened to the possibility that what they perceive and what is actually possible might not be the same thing. So they guess that there is something incorrect in the perception. They note who can do what: Who can leave their chair and sit on the floor. Who can do a handstand. Who can move a foot. Surely if one can do THOSE things, then the chair isn’t a “necessity”. Even when our director thought to BEGIN the Q&A with the answer, it was still their number one query. I think their tenancy to wonder isn't so different than when adults do it, the real variable seems to be their reason for asking. Children wonder the why of things without real prejudice.
Sometimes the children phrase the question more along the lines of “Does it hurt?” It is the nature of a child to think that the unknown, in this case, being handicap, might be painful. We reassure them that we rehearse each move until we can perform it without injury. We also point out that like all dancers, seated or standees, sometimes we fall. And just like anything else in life, the important thing is to get back up and keep moving.