DANCE JAM PRODUCTIONS











{April 9, 2007}   Dance Movie Monday: ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’

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Plot: Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) is new in town, and soon meets Lynne (Helen Hunt), who shares her passion for dancing in general, and “Dance TV” in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey’s father doesn’t approve of that kind of thing.

Does this sound familiar? It should. Celise got the idea for my story, Dance Jam Productions, from this movie. It came out in 1985, so I was too young to see it. However, during a Girls Night In at my house one Friday night, me, Ren and Mici decided to rent it. We were rooting for Janey the whole time and wished her father would get the stick out of his you-know-what. It’s not like she was going to be dancing at a topless bar or something! I mean, c’mon.

Even though Celise liked the idea of a dance show hosting a contest to look for a regular couple, she added different elements to the story. Like, what if the show had two co-hosts instead of one? What if the show was involved in something shady? What if there wasn’t a disgruntled father, but a long buried secret? What if the show offered more than just couples doing dance routines? Besides “Dance TV”, there were elements of MTV’s “The Grind” (dance lessons) and a 80’s show called “Dance Party U.S.A.”–where incidentally, Kelly Ripa of “Live with Regis and Kelly”used to appear–(movie reviews and lip synch routines); My history, as well the history with Ty (my legal guardian at the time), came from a reoccurring dream.

So, what’s your favorite dance movie?

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