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The Dirty Dancing sequel has its detractors, but the pre-revolutionary Cuban setting is totally captivating, even if the plot mirrors the original closely. The gorgeous setting is tainted with danger, though, as the country becomes increasingly hostile, putting the English/Cuban couple at risk.
Choreographer JoAnn Jansen’s experiences of growing up in Havana influenced the plot and a number of details, lending credence to the film’s claim of being based on a true story.
A penniless writer falls in love with a dancer in 19th Century Paris, and gets swept up in the decadence of the Moulin Rouge. Behind the glamour of the stage, the beautiful Satine is hiding consumption and is caught between her love for the writer and her employment as a sought-after courtesan.
Yes, like the dancers at Kellerman’s Hotel, working to entertain the wealthier classes creates an underworld that’s hidden from the clientele. Alright, it’s glitzier than Kellerman’s, but you get the idea.
Kevin Bacon plays a city teen whose family move to a small, rural town. He finds out that dancing to rock music is banned, and leads a rebellion against the law, which happens to be upheld by his love interest’s father. Are you singing the title song already? I am, much to the lament of my neighbours.
This retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story moves the action to New York, where the Jets and Sharks are rival gangs divided by race. A boy and girl from opposite sides of the divide fall in love, setting off a dangerous chain of events.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the lyrics to the Oscar-winning musical, and while it’s older than the other movies on the list, I think it definitely covers the same ground. Tough storylines centring on social divides definitely feel familiar, and both movies somehow leave you with a good feeling. Just how do they do it? Well, in West Side Story’s case, I’d say it’s the swirling late-1950s dresses and vivacious choreography.
Dirty Dancing overlaps with the Brat Pack thanks to its stars, coming of age theme and status as a classic ‘80s movie. So it’s only fair that we include these other movies, even if they aren’t dance themed.
A suburban town is split between two rival gangs, so a love affair that crosses the social divide is bound to spark problems. The Brat Pack adaptation of S. E. Hinton’s beloved original story (find more great similar novels here) sits halfway between nostalgia and tough drama. While it’s got a darker tone than Dirty Dancing, fans will feel at home thanks to the presence of Patrick Swayze in the line-up.
Yes! There is definitely a memorable dance scene in this one! If you don’t know what I mean, look out for some cool ‘80s shapes.
A group of students from different cliques are stuck in Saturday detention, and throughout the day they waver between being enemies, conspirators and confidantes. Like our mismatched dancers, the question hanging over the students is whether they can cross established boundaries, and if they can, how long will it last?
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