One Last Dance - Chicken Soup Version
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In the wake of tragedy, a renowned New York dance company is on the brink of collapse. After leaving the dance world for good, Travis (Patrick Swayze), Chrissa and Max are pulled in to resurrect the dance that shattered their careers. They have one last chance to save the company, re-connect with the passion and magic, and prove that miracles really can happen.
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I guess, if you take a step back, you could say that it was a life lessons movie, but I still wouldn't rank it very high.
If you have 2 hours to kill and you like Patrick Swayze, then watch this.
Yes, the plot is the stuff of soap operas, but it has heart, and the real-life love between Patrick Swayze (Travis) and his wife, Lisa Niemi (Chrissa), is palpable on-screen. Also, I can always empathize with someone who is experiencing a breakdown of sorts (read my Fred Luskin's "Forgive for Good" and Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" reviews for an insider's perspective on what an awful experience this is). In addition, I appreciate this movie's undercurrent theme: move beyond the negative voices we've picked up through the years.
Swayze and Niemi are no longer twentysomethings, yet they hold their own in this physically demanding art form. They dance beautifully.
In the behind-the-scenes special feature, Swayze said that this production hired four choreographers to represent the latest happenings in the dance world. I loved the choreography and the dancing--it was breathtaking and innovative. I was thrilled to see some of the very same dancers in this movie who have graced the covers of Dance and Pointe magazines. The dancers said that they felt like they really were members of the movie's dance company and that there was a spirit of collaboration and non-competitiveness as well as a suspension of ego during filming. One dancer said that he and the other dancers could easily and happily tour the movie's original dances to (he confidentally believed) great acclaim.
The next time we were there was for the "1st Annual Dirty Dancing Festival" in Sept. '10. We even stayed in the Lake Lure Inn, where all the cast & crew of the movie had stayed while making the movie. However, the old campgrounds had been sold, they were putting in a housing development, & it looked nothing like it even did in '97. (It made me wish I had gone sooner!!) It was sad, as I suppose I was expecting it to be the same. But, like life, nothing stays the same. But I'm glad I went the first time, and even the festival was nice....very hot, but nice. Since we live in VA, Lake Lure is only about a 5 hr. drive for us, so both trips was worth it!!!