Who can forget the most popular dance movie–of the 80’s–of all time? Celise told me she had “the time of her life” seeing this movie 10 times! Sad to say, this movie came out two years before I was born (1987), so I never got a chance to see it on the big screen. However, The Girls (Ren and Mici) and I had frequent Girls Night In parties and rented it.

So, you all remember the plot, right? Frances “Baby” Houseman spends the summer at a holiday camp with her family and ends up falling for hunky Johnny Castle, the camp’s dance instructor. Personally, I’ve never considered Patrick Swayze a hottie, but I really loved him in this movie. I remember the scene where she was learning the dance steps for that dance demonstration. It was the three of them, Johnny, Baby and Johnny’s partner, Penny. Baby was sandwiched between the two of them as they danced around the room. Mici, Ren and I were foolish enough to “try that at home” and nearly crashed to the floor. LOL. Apparently, we weren’t coordinated enough for that type of dancing. But we had fun trying.

Like last week’s movie, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, this movie also promotes dancing with a partner, which is why it’s become another favorite. I liked “Girls” because it’s so close to what Jarek and I did for Dance Jam Productions. I love this one even more because the dance style was different and you saw Baby struggle to learn something new. Not to mention the other stuff he taught her after hours. Yow!

Favorite scenes:

~ Baby practicing her moves across the bridge and how she kept messing up before she finally got it.

~ I call it The Water Scene, where they’re practicing the overhead lift in the lake.

~ The end dance scene–OF COURSE–right before he says that corny line,”Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

From what I’ve been hearing, it’s the 20th Anniversary of this movie week and they’re re-issuing the movie again. Celise told me they’re showing it in the theaters again, too, but only for one day; including never-before-seen footage. Never-before-seen footage that’s probably on the original DVD. Or if you buy this 20th Anniversary edition you see here=> dd2.jpg

Next week, I’ll talk about the other Dirty Dancing movie.

So, what’s your favorite dance movie?


{April 14, 2007}   Aspiring Drama Queen

We’re all about supporting the talent of youth around here. In checking out recent posts from Celise’s blog, I stole this and put it up on here.


She was born the year I graduated from high school. 

She’s smart, talented, funny and has a great sense of humor.

She’s the inspiration for my YA series.

She wants to be an actress/photographer when she grows up.

This is my niece and she needs a favor from you. If you can help in any way you can, we would greatly appreciate it.


Hello. My name is Takenya Mayberry. I’m 17-years-old and I am an aspiring actress trying to get discovered. I have attended and currently am attending a performing arts high school were I get to do what I love everyday…act!! I recently went to an audition, like I have been for about five years, and I got my first callback from A.C.T. (Academy of Cinema and Television)! A.C.T. is a private school that teaches young actors how to perform in front of the camera, as well as teach you everything you need to know about the film industry. You can only attend A.C.T. by invitation. They hand select unique, talented, and dedicated youth to come and “experience” A.C.T. I have been blessed enough to be one of the few teens chosen to attend A.C.T.! At this private school I am guaranteed an audition every week with casting directors who represent 20th Century Fox, MGM, Disney, Nickelodeon, and many more! The casting directors come to A.C.T. looking for fresh faces and pure unique talent. I am more than positive that this is my time and my chance to get discovered, and I am not going to let ANYTHING get in the way of my future! This is an opportunity of a lifetime!!


Due to the fact that A.C.T. is a private school and not a talent agency, the tuition ranges from $1,950-$11,900 for 20 weeks-3 years. I must admit that my family cannot fund my journey through A.C.T., but it’s only a temporary roadblock. The amount must be paid in full, so I am doing all I can to raise enough money to attend in September 2007. I am not here to beg you for money. I am here to find someone who is willing to invest in me and take a chance. My family believes in my talent and I have faith that I will go far with A.C.T. I know we can make this happen one way or another, no matter what! I know that this is my time to succeed!!

If you would like to help in any way, please contact my father, David Mayberry, at (602) 349-3836.

Thank You
God Bless
Takenya Mayberry


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?

et cetera