DANCE JAM PRODUCTIONS











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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?



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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?



This day is going to be dedicated to movies where the main focus is, well, dance. Sbreakin.jpgome of these might’ve been before my time, but there’s this wonderful invention called cable (yes, we even get it all the way out here on the island of Kahului). At some point in time, I have seen these movies.

So we’re going to kick it off with the movie, Breakin’. Did you guys ever see this one? Released in 1984, the basic premise is that a struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers and together they become the sensation of the street crowds. It features ICE-T in his film debut as a club MC.  It even received a nomination for the Young Artist Award in the category of Best Family Motion Picture-Musical and Comedy in 1985.

It’s about the meshing of two different genres of dance: break dancing and jazz . It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this movie, but it reminds me that we don’t see break dancing much anymore. It’s been reduced to the “cheese” factor. People do the Robot, the Wave, the lockin’ and poppin’ motions and we all think “Gah, that’s so 80’s.” It’s laughable, a genre of dance that’s pretty much made fun of now.

Every once in a while, I’ll see the progression of this type of dancing in videos or movies. And it’s good! The moves are more innovative, more dangerous. And so not 80’s.

So, I gotta question for you: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DANCE MOVIE?



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