How to learn the dirty dancing final dance

Watch Choreographers Break Down the Final Dance Scene from Dirty Dancing | Movies in Motion

♪ 'Cause I had the time of my life ♪

♪ And I owe it all to you ♪

[upbeat music]

I'm Lauren Grant.

And I'm Christopher Grant.

And we are professional dancers and choreographers.

And today we're gonna break down

the Time of my Life dance in Dirty Dancing.

[Man] Mark.

[upbeat music]

We are breaking down Dirty Dancing,

which was released in 1987.

It takes place in 1963

at the Kellerman's Resort in the Catskills.

It was written by Eleanor Bergstein.

Choreographed by the amazing...

[Christopher] Kenny Ortega.

With assistance from Miranda Garrison.

When they went into making this film and even while shooting

no one really thought it was gonna be anything.

Jennifer Grey says it herself that she thought

no one would see the film.

She even saw a screening of it with her agent

and her agent was like, oh this is bad.

Fast-forward, it's like does

incredibly well at the box office.

There were even a group of women called the 100 Plus Club

that saw the movie in theaters over 100 times.

Eleanor Bergstein wrote the story of Dirty Dancing

and it was really based off of her childhood.

She grew up going to the Catskills, to these resorts.

She even based the Johnny Castle character

off of a teacher that she met

at one of the Catskill resorts.

So it was really near and dear to her heart.

We're gonna break down The Introduction of the Finale.

Johnny walks in.

He grabs Baby's waist.

She grabs his arm.

They set up for the first dip.

Brings her up.

Classic dirty dancing move.




Into full basic half basic step.


Step away.

Shoulder check.

Then basic.

♪ Had the time of my life ♪

♪ No I never felt like this before ♪

♪ Yes I swear ♪

♪ It's the truth ♪

♪ And I owe it all to you ♪

♪ 'Cause I had the time of my life ♪

♪ And I owe it all to you ♪


♪ I've been waiting for so long ♪

♪ Now I finally found someone ♪


You know that part of the film?

You know, remember that.


The director of Dirty Dancing was Emile Ardolino.

And he was a great appreciator of dance.

The choreographer of the film is Kenny Ortega.

He grew up dancing.

He was a musical theater kid.

He has some Latin roots.

One of Kenny Ortega's idols was Gene Kelly

who he had the great opportunity to work with

in the movie Xanadu.

Kelly would invite him back to his home

and they would literally dissect some of Kelly's films.

And discuss why he choreographed

and how he choreographed for camera.

Emile discovered Kenny Ortega, and auditioned him,

and loved his work.

And then Emile was like, okay, Eleanor like,

you have to meet him.

They flew Kenny Ortega to New York,

to Eleanor Bergstein's apartment.

And ended up dirty dancing in her apartment for hours.

And apparently it got like super sexy and hot.

He got the job.

He just had the right flavor and it reminded

Eleanor Bergstein of her childhood and that feeling.

It was like a feeling rather than the steps.

Kenny comes in to convince Patrick Swayze

to do the film, but Patrick wanted to make sure

that he felt safe with Kenny Ortega.

He was kind of done dancing, he wanted to pursue

more serious acting roles and he didn't want to be

completely known as a dancer.

Because he felt that that would be stunting to him,

moving forward as an actor.

And he would always be cast in all those roles.

And then he ends up doing Dirty Dancing,

which became-- Thank god.

[Christopher] This incredible hit and he was able to do

sort of both things.

He did what Gene Kelly did in his time,

where it was okay for a man to dance.

And you can look super masculine and strong.

And thank god for Kenny Ortega for convincing him

to do this film because ah, we wouldn't have

this wonderful piece of art.

Jennifer Grey, she was not necessarily a dancer,

but she's a mover, you know.

And I think she's an actress first

and she went into it knowing that

she was gonna have to carry the film as Baby.

She found the character first,

and that's what we fell in love with.

They purposely didn't teach her stuff,

and only taught it to her when they were actually shooting

to keep that realness alive.

And to really witness something truly happening

versus an actor pretending she doesn't know how to dance

and then discovering how to dance.

For instance, even just the opening into the staff quarters

where she first sees dirty dancing, they purposely

kept her out of that rehearsal space.

So that when they shot, that was really her

seeing it for the first time.

Let's break down the second section,

what we'll call The Turning Section.

So Johnny's holding the hands.

Baby's thumbs are pointing in.

We're gonna do a little twist.

Jump, pivot, turn.


Baby turns.

Johnny turns.

Half basic.

Crossbody lead.

Shoulder check.

It's hard to do slow.

Into a basic with a sidebody lean.

Into a basic step.

Crossbody lead.

♪ With passion in our eyes ♪

♪ There's no way we could disguise it secretly ♪

♪ So we take each other hand ♪

♪ 'Cause we seem to understand the urgency ♪


Your hair.

So this film is set in 1963.

And in the early 60s in America

it was definitely a little bit of a time of innocence.

In regarding dance there was like partner dancing,

but not a lot of touching.

And certainly not a lot of like

hip thrusting and hip movement.

And the style of dance at this finale scene

Kenny Ortega calls it Dirty Mambo.

Dirty Mambo.

So it's combining ballroom, it's combining mambo,

and it's combining street style.

Dances that he did as a kid that he remembers.

Some dancing that Eleanor Bergstein remembers as a child.

The beginning of the dance when we see the basic step

is mambo, also salsa.

Also ballroom.

Yeah, there's many different techniques.

And everyone has their own kind of

salsa on one, salsa on two, mambo on one, mambo on two.

But it's a blend.

We're just gonna call it a happy blend.

So now we're gonna break down the section

that we call The Carousel Section.

[humming] ♪ Open door ♪

So it's gonna start with a half a basic.

Prep for lift around.

Really supporting the lady.

We come down, we do a turn

to set up for half a basic.

Crossbody lead with a turn.

Wow, that was not it.

Let's do that again.

♪ 'Til I found the truth ♪

♪ And I owe it all to you ♪


You gonna do the woom, woom.

That's a dirty dancing move right there.

We got it.

The song, Time of my Life, was recorded

by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.

And it was composed by Frank Previte.

The song was such a hit it won a Grammy,

it won an Academy Award.

Yeah, it's such a classic song.

I think you hear the song and you think of the dance.

And when you see the dance you think of the song.

So it's really like so seamed together.

So the song, Time of my Life, is basically

teased throughout the entire movie

and played simply by a piano.

And we hear it in different scenes

as Baby makes her journey.

Until the very end we have it in the final scene.

We hear the whole lyrics.

[Christopher] The full connection.

The whole orchestration.

Let's break down the big finale epic Angel Lift.

She's carried down off the stage

and then she runs into Johnny.

She does a little assemble jump.

And then she just thinks about jumping

as high as she can, she arches her back.

Her right leg is on the bottom,

left leg is on the top.

And she just holds it.

So the important part for Johnny

he separates his legs to give him

a little support underneath.

Baby runs in.


Finds her hipbones to balance her perfectly.

And then press up through his strong space.

And then extend the arms right overhead.

Keeping the core tight.

And holding up Baby in the Angel Lift.

And then slowly bringing her down

to cap off the wonderful moment.

Let's see if we can do it.

Oh I slipped, sorry.

Not our best.

Yeah it was like.

It's like rocky, it's rocking.

That was a great jump though.

I'm doing the wrong leg.

She has her right leg forward.

Oh my god. I know.

Missed your hips.

Let me shake it off for a second.

I think I'm getting a little tired too.

You lift me next.


♪ I had the time of my life ♪

♪ Oh I never felt this way before ♪

♪ Yes I swear ♪ ♪ Yes I swear ♪

♪ It's the truth ♪

♪ And I owe it all to you ♪ Ta-da.

So that lift, we call it, we've heard it called

the Angel Lift, the Triumph of Baby,

just that big overhead press.

It's been such a pop culture reference.

You go on YouTube, you see about

one million videos of people's weddings

and them trying to do this lift,

or doing the lift.

Oh, the NFL commercial with Eli Manning

and Odell Beckham Junior, it's like.

There you do the lift.

The lift is also in Crazy Stupid Love

with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

In fact, we were just at a pool the other day

and there was like a little girl, she must've been around

the age of six, and she's telling her daddy,

Daddy I wanna do the Dirty Dancing lift.

So this lift is so iconic from every generation,

every age, it is like the classic dance step of all time.

Take it from the corner.

To the top. To the top.

Out of the corner to the top.

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

Nobody, nobody.

Favorite line.

Follow our step-by-step guide to recreate the classic Dirty Dancing scene without ending up in hospital

RECREATING the iconic Dirty Dancing lift would be the time of their lives on their wedding day .  . . they hoped.

But bride-and-groom-to-be Sharon Price and Andy Price ended up in casualty after their disastrous rehearsal of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s famed scene from the 1987 film.


This is the moment bride and groom to be try to recreate the iconic Dirty Dancing lift but both ending up in A&E insteadCredit: SWNS:South West News Service


The dancing couple - Sharon Price and groom-to-be Andy PriceCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

Images of unconscious Andy, 51, and 52-year-old Sharon lying winded beside him, went viral this week and the couple are now rethinking their first dance.

The pair from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, are not alone.

Groom Mike Snell, 36, needed a knee reconstruction after his wedding attempt in 2015.

He also missed his honeymoon to Jamaica and nearly died from blood poisoning after picking up an infection in hospital.

In the same year Scotsman Gary Mackay, 28, broke his leg in a bar when he and a woman tried the move.



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Actress Jennifer, who played Baby in the film, said in an interview: “I don’t know how all these people who re-enact it have the guts to throw themselves into the arms of anyone other than Patrick Swayze. It’s insane.”

So to help avoid any future injuries, we have enlisted the help of professional dancer and dance teacher Pip Amer, 24, from Chiswick, West London, to show us how it should be done . . .


Step 1


Step 1 - The couple needs to be separated with enough distance in betweenCredit: Oliver Dixon

COUPLE should be separated with enough distance between them for the female to run towards the male dancer.

It helps for the female to be elevated on a platform but it is not necessary.

Step 2


Step 2 - The female must run with speed and no hesitationCredit: Oliver Dixon

AS the female runs towards the male, she must go at speed. She who hesitates is lost.

Step 3


Step 3 - The woman must have a stiff posture and engaging her abdominal musclesCredit: Oliver Dixon

THEN the male will squat and grab hold of the onrushing woman’s pelvis to ensure he holds her with stability.

The woman must be straight and have a stiff posture, engaging her abdominal muscles.

Step 4


Step 4 - The iconic life should be held for a few secondsCredit: Oliver Dixon

TO complete, the male will then return to standing position and the female will extend arms to side and cross legs for balance. The lift should be held for a few seconds.

Finally the male will lower into a squat position with the female lowering her legs to the floor.

He will then release her.


The male will then return to standing position and the female will extend arms to side and cross legs for balanceCredit: Oliver Dixon


Finally the male will lower into a squat position with the female lowering her legs to the floorCredit: Oliver Dixon

The verdict


BRAVE couple Joel Stribley and Samantha Fisher from Basingstoke, Hants, who have been together for 18 months, volunteered to follow Pip’s instructions under careful supervision.

Road worker and dancer Joel, 25, says: “It was challenging. I’m sure if we had a few drinks in a pub it could end badly as you really have to concentrate.”

Model and dancer Samantha, 25, says: “You really have to trust your partner.

“I was definitely nervous.”

What the expert says about that viral pics...

PRO dancer and dance teacher Pip Amer offers her take on the ill-fated rehearsal, saying:

Andy and Sharon in the pictures went wrong in a number of ways. First of all, both their postures were hunched therefore providing no strength for lift or engaging their abs.

Andy grabs Sharon by her armpits so they are totally off balance.

When Andy executes the lift he must be braced. Holding his core together with a lunging stance will help to lift Sharon.

The couple must have complete trust in one another.

“The key to this lift is confidence. Dancers have amazing physiques and they are trained to engage their muscles at the right times in the right places.

"This lift normally lends itself to a man with a bigger-built upper body and a woman whose frame is small and muscular, as she will be easier to lift."

Dirty Dancing: Dance to the Heartbeat

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 cult American melodrama starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. social dances.

This is how sparingly and uncomplicatedly Wikipedia describes the film, after which the name of Patrick Swayze became the catalyst for red cheeks and stupid giggles among young ladies. Watched it in the late 80s and early 90's only in the circle of close friends and friends, hiding from their parents as far as possible. Now times have changed, but the goosebumps from Dirty Dancing continue to tickle your back.

Baby and Johnny are in the center of the audience's attention. Baby is a girl from a wealthy family of a doctor who personifies the American dream. Johnny is just Johnny. A free dancer who earns a living by entertaining the public.

What is Dirty Dancing?

Dirty dances in the film are dances performed at a service staff party in a small American boarding house where the main character is resting. There, Baby is faced with the other side of her own life: people who plow until they pass out during the day, and in the evening splash out emotions in dances. Half-naked, tart, very intimate. There she meets Johnny, who will become her partner, first in dancing, and then in life.

“Yes, I am afraid of everything, I am afraid that I will leave this room and not feel what I feel now. Dance with Me.

— Here?

- Yes.

In fact, classic dirty dancing is shown in only one scene - just at the very party in the boarding house. They are not tied to any of the styles, although they have much in common with Latin American genres. They were performed spontaneously, many movements were invented directly in front of the camera.

Everything that starts after the party - training and performance - is a Cuban mambo with a splash of salsa and other Latin American revelations.

Mambo in Dirty Dancing

Mambo is a Latin American dance brought to the New World by African-American black slaves. It was performed in stuffy rooms to rhythmic music (4 by 4) after a hard day's work. In the middle of the 20th century, it also spread among the white population, but until the end of the era of racism in America, it was customary to hide its social origin.

The name of the dance comes from the name of the militant deity "mambo", and some of the movements are references to the ancient ritual dance.

Dirty Dancing staging

Baby and Johnny's performances were choreographed by Kenny Ortego, the most famous Hollywood choreographer, who became famous not only for Dirty Dancing, but also for staging Michael Jackson's show tours.

The film's final dance, which is especially complex and especially intimate, used unique supports that are used in modern. These supports became the highlights of the production. The frame is rhythmic steps, rotations, hugs, characteristic of mambo, rumba, salsa.

Today the final dance was dismantled every second and put together again to be staged at weddings, festivals, dance studios. It is complex, but its beauty is worth working on yourself and your movements.

However, it is easy to create your own "dirty dance": it is enough to get acquainted with Latin American programs a little and memorize a couple of movements. Dirty Dancing is only possible when it comes from the heart.


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Top best films about obsessed dancers, modern, street and classical dances, about exhausting workouts, about self-confidence, and, of course, a little bit about love. On this list, Zac Efron will light up and John Travolta will suffer, Patrick Swayze will drive you crazy, and Channing Tatum will tease the imagination, Christina Aguilera will conquer the dance peaks, Catherine Zeta Jones will kill, and Jessica Alba will charge powerful hip-hop. In general, there will be music, cinema and dance, which not only make you twitch your foot to the beat, but also inspire with their devotion to art.

Baby is a good girl from a wealthy family. The heroine is going to study economics, her full name is a tribute to the first female US minister, and the girl’s career plans include work in the Peace Corps. The whole life is scheduled, and ahead of the heroine is a small family vacation with her parents and older sister in a mountain boarding house. This is where all thoughts about the economy and strong women instantly fly out of Baby's head, because, as is often the case with good girls, she falls in love. Hot and dirty. Okay, actually, not so dirty.

Baby's chosen one is an employee of the boarding house - an animator-dancer Johnny. His dance partner Penny gets a temporary leave of absence due to an unplanned pregnancy, and Baby, who is sincerely trying to help the unfortunate dancer, agrees to replace Penny on one of the evening's programs. Baby learns to dance, and a real talent opens up for her, but the girl fails to control herself when Johnny's hands are on her. Well, what will mom and dad say to their little princess now?


The film is beautiful not only for dancing, soundtrack and another great love that changes the sign of social inequality to "equal". The catch in this movie is that the holidays are over, Johnny is leaving, and Baby is returning to his pre-scheduled life. The drama was not overdone, and the summer adventures remain an exciting memory for both Baby and viewers.

Magic Mike, 2012

The protagonist works as a stripper and takes the young conqueror of the dance floor Adam as his padawan. Mike wants to teach the latter how to dance, work as a team, and use the power without going over to the dark side. And the temptations in the world of professional striptease are no less than in the Star Wars universe. This movie will not only show a lot of men hot as a grandmother's soup, but also talk about what real male solidarity and friendship are - Danny Ocean is not the only one familiar with the principle of brother for brother.


Chicago, 2002

Production: USA, Germany, Canada
Genre: musical, drama, comedy
Director: Rob Marshall (“Heys Memoirs”)
script (Suml. Breaking Dawn Saga)
Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere
MovieSearch rating: 7.7
IMDb rating: 7.1

Further in the top is the record holder for the number of prestigious awards. The tape received thirteen Oscar nominations and eventually took six statuettes of a man with a sword: for best film and best costume design, for sound and editing, as well as for best song, production design and best supporting actress (Katherine Zeta-Jones).

The impressive list of accomplishments may somewhat offset the fact that the film isn't all about dance. The events unfold in Chicago in the 20s, the main character, a housewife Roxy, dreams of becoming famous. Her idol is the daring cabaret prima donna Velma Kerry. This artist never stops playing, and her voice and movements delight the crowds of spectators. However, Roxy and Velma very soon find themselves on the same stage - in a women's prison, and not because you can't be so beautiful in the world. Both heroines are accused of murder, and they have to fight not for the love of the public, but for life.


The scenery in the film changes frequently: cabarets, restaurants, a women's prison, a courtroom. But no matter what happens, Roxy and Velma's show goes on: the music is on and the dance is on.

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Burlesque, 2010

Production: USA
Genre: romance, drama
Director and screenwriter: Steve Antin
Cast: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Cam Gigandet
MovieSearch Rating: 7. 5
IMDb Rating: 6.4

And again, the story of the cabaret artist is in the top, but now in modern times. The film is about neo-burlesque, a stage show genre that has returned from a banal striptease to its nobler roots. So there will be a lot of revealing costumes, daring numbers and luxurious vocals by Christina Aguilera.

But you should not wait for the original plot - again "Cinderella". Orphan Ali arrives in Las Vegas and proves to the owner of a popular burlesque club that her feet are worthy not only of glass slippers covered with sequins and feathers, but also of a big stage. It remains only to see what kind of princes live at club balls and what exactly this Cinderella will lose in her fabulous Las Vegas.


Golden Globe Award for Best Song for a Film ("You Haven't Seen the Last of Me").

Black Swan, 2010

Production: USA
Genre: thriller, musical drama
Director: Darren Aronofski (“Referee on Dream”)
Scientific Cast: Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
MovieSearch rating: 7. 7
IMDb rating: 8

Films about dancing are sometimes more than “dance helped me open myself and get rid of my complexes!”, And even more than dramatic kisses in the rain at the end of a powerful couples number. The Black Swan, for example, is as far from such melodramas as possible - it is a deep psychological thriller. So psychological that students of the Faculty of Psychology can use it to defend courses on Freudianism in the cinema or what illnesses come from childhood with teddy-pink bears and fanatical mothers.

The young ballerina Nina gets the main role in Swan Lake and begins to become paranoid: she doesn’t reach the previous prima, and the other ballerina is jealous and wants to take the role away, and the director still makes strange hints and calls her frigid names. Nina has many problems, and everything is in her head, and the main question of the film is which swan will prevail over the heroine's cockroaches.


The film was awarded the Venice Film Festival, and Natalie Portman collected an Oscar, Golden Globe and Saturn for Best Actress. By the way, Mila Kunis for her role also received "Saturn" as the best supporting actress.

Step forward, 2006

Production: USA
Genre: Drama
Director: Ann Fletcher ("27 weddings")
Scenario: Duan Duan 900
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
MovieSearch Rating: 7.6
IMDb Rating: 6.5

This film began a whole film-dance saga: now the Steps franchise has five films. But the opening tape differs significantly from the sequels: here the characters dance most of the time in the cozy hall of the art school, and the final performance looks more like a personal exam than a large-scale dance battle. Other parts of the series go deeper into hip-hop and feature dance teams and tournaments.

The main character is a petty bully Tyler. The guy is fond of street dancing and vandalism in the company of friends from the ghetto. One day, another prank gets out of control and Tyler is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at an art school. While sweeping the floor, the hero turns his attention to Nora, a senior student preparing for a big screening. Tyler can't admit to himself and his buddies (does everyone have Dud's voice in their head?) that Nora, with her classic moves and pink dreams, makes the hero sympathetic. Therefore, Tyler behaves according to the laws of the kindergarten: he grimaces, rebels and teases the girl. But soon the hero gets a chance to replace Nora's dance partner, and now Tyler realizes that he is capable of something more than petty hooliganism.


By the way, three years after the premiere of the film, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan (the actors who played the main roles) got married, so love on the screen can be called real - and this is not a musty epithet.

Dance with your heart, 2019

Production: France, Belgium
Genre: romance, musical drama
Director and screenwriter: Ladislas Cholla
Cast: Alexia Giordano, Ryan Bencetti
Rating MovieSearch: 6. 1

Thirteen years after the release of the first "Step Up", hip-hop and classics will unite again. This did not require bloody sacrifices, and no one has been waiting in Azkaban for these thirteen years. Just fresh French dance melodrama follows a proven storyline: a boy in love with a sharp and daring rhythm meets a fragile ballerina girl who seems to have just been taken off the Christmas tree. The guys decide to team up and enter a dance competition with their own style: hip-hop ballet. Or a balehop. Chipolet. Ballet pop.


In general, the name is not so important - movements and feelings are important.

Rumba, 2008

Production: France, Belgium
Genre: melodrama, musical comedy
Directors, scriptwriters and performers of the main roles: Dominic Gordon, Bruno Romi
Rating Cinema Ritual: 7. 3
IMDb rating: 6.9

This is probably the most unusual film in the collection. The main characters here do not look like a couple that Noah would have chosen to restore humanity, there are almost no dialogues, but the facial expressions, movements, scenery and costumes are so telling that everything that happens resembles a silent movie. Lively and bright, funny and awkward - almost insane in the best sense of the word picture.

Fiona and Dom work as teachers and devote all their free time to Latin American dances. The guys won all the local competitions, but they continue to enjoy the incendiary rhythms like for the first time, and the love of the couple for each other is just as indestructible. The sounds of the rumba, which have become the main soundtrack of Fiona and Dom's life, will not change even when the heroes have an accident and lose their home. The audience is increasingly uncomfortable laughing, the comedy is getting blacker, but Fiona and Dom continue to move forward in their favorite rhythm.

A touching film about how a kind aunt dancer tries to change the unhappy childhood of the guys from the streets with the help of dancing. Of the pleasant bonuses, there is Jessica Alba, who does a good job with the role of a dancer, a storyline with the work of the heroine as a choreographer on the set of clips for hip-hop stars, cute kids from the ghetto who have not yet received certificates, but have already contacted drug dealers, and a cute basketball player in love with the main character.

Many people have a box of painful trophies of youth at home: someone has a school medal or a diploma from the Olympics, which reminds you that working as a sales consultant is not the limit of intellectual capabilities; someone has awards and photos from a children's camp that whisper that office clerks are not about creativity and leadership qualities. The main character, the harmless fat man Bruce, has awards from dance competitions in this box. As a teenager, Bruce was forced to give up his favorite hobby due to an injury, and from that moment on, the whole life of the hero is a static bachelor swamp. But one day, a charming new boss comes to Bruce's company, who, it turns out, loves salsa.


The main character will have to throw off his gray mask (well, a couple of kilos) and shine again on the dance floor in a shiny shirt in order to conquer a colleague and reanimate his own life.

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Hold the beat, 2006

Production: USA
Genre: drama
Director: Liz Friedlander
Scenario: Dayan Houston (Michael Jackson: Neverland Search)
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Yaya Dakosta, Rob Brown
Rating Kinopoisk: 6. 6 9006. 900 6.6 900,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,AR 6.6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6,6 .2

The first film in the collection based on true events. Pierre Dulein, a well-known professional dancer and ballroom dance instructor, comes to work at a school where his wards turn out to be hooligans who are serving their sentences after school. These teenagers have come to think that ballroom dancing is a hobby for regulars of the toilet-soaking school watch, and tough guys and girls should wear snapbacks and dance closer to the floor. Pierre Dulain will have to teach children the lesson that the ability to keep your back straight sometimes means being able to take a punch and not bend under the difficulties of life, and to feel a strict ballroom rhythm means having self-esteem.


Hairspray, 2007

Production: USA, UK, Canada
Genre: musical comedy, romance, drama
Director: Adam Shankman (“Rock of the Ages”, “9005: 9008”) screenplay
Leslie Dixon (Overboard, Freaky Friday)
Cast: Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, James Marsden

Rounding out the top is a crazy, charming musical retro comedy with an indecently luxurious cast.

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