Welcome to the Dance Movies page
Mad Hot Ballroom
A charming, charming, CHARMING
and delightful "feel-good" movie that you'll want to take the
whole family to see... EVERYONE should see this movie, whether you're
married or single or have kids or not. You'll cry and laugh hysterically
all at the same time. Now available on DVD. Watch the trailer by visiting
Classes in "Red
Hot Ballroom", including Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Disco/Hustle
classes are ongoing for 5th graders and up on Saturdays at 10:30am and
11:15am (with the adults at 11:15am), Sundays at 1:00 & 2:00pm (with
the adults at 2pm)Wednesdays at 5:30pm and 6:30pm (with the adults at
6:30pm) and Fridays at 5:30pm at the Chevy Chase Ballroom.
Contact: Terry Chasteen, TerryChasteen@hotmail.com or 202-462-0870 for
details. These class times are randomly selected and are subject to change
if there are other earlier times that will better fit the kids' schedules.
Click here to print a one-page flyer
of Red Hot Ballroom classes for the kids
Most of the following dance-related movies are
available on video tape and/or DVD and should be easy to find for rental
or purchase. Ratings are from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 star being the lowest
rating and 5 the highest. If you know of a great dancing movie that should
be on this page, send an e-mail to: TerryChasteen@yahoo.com.
Destined to be the next dance and music phenomenon of the Silver Screen,
starring John Travolta in drag as Edna Turnblatt, Queen Latifah, Michelle
Pfeiffer, and more...coming to the Silver Screen on July 20th (I will
be the first in line) and CD Soundtrack coming out on July 10th. I saw
this on Broadway with Harvey Fierstein and in my 50+ odd years at the
time I had never before sat and laughed at a performance from beginning
to end as I did with this one. Hopefully the movie will be the same. Visit
my "Hairspray" Photo
Dreamgirls 3 Golden Globes, including Best Picture plus 8 Acadamy
Award nominations with 2 wins, including Best Supporting Actress for first-timer
in a major motion picture, Jennifer Hudson (I saw it four times within
the first 3 weeks in the theatres. Am now wearing my DVD out for the choreography,
which was done by the same choreographer as in my own debut onto the silver
screen in a major motion picture, Head
Of State). Visit my "Dreamgirls"
At The Museum Not a dance movie until
the very end when everyone danced to one of my favorites of all time,
"September" by "Earth, Wind and Fire". This is an
incredibly fun movie that never slows down for ALL ages and worth seeing
again and again...the kids will LOVE it!).
Yard Incredible, INCREDIBLE dancing!
NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD.....
Starring Richard Gere (John Clark), Jennifer Lopez (Paulina), Susan Sarandon
(Beverly Clark) and more. A workaholic lawyers life and marriage takes
an unexpected twirl when he follows a beautiful woman to a Chicago dance
studio and becomes a clandestine ballroom dance competitor. (Click
here for the movie synopsis
Head Of State (2003)
Starring Chris Rock, Bernie Mack and TERRY CHASTEEN! OK,
so it wasn't really a dance movie...nor did I actually
star in it, though I did get two VERY
front-&-center cameo performances with two different dance partners....PLUS
plenty of face-time throughout the 'Electric Slide' segment of the film
as we all dissed Presidential candidate Chris Rock for putting the moves
on the pretty young waitress at the black-tie fund-raiser just before
the dancing began. Actually the best part of the whole picture, according
to EVERYONE, including CHRIS ROCK, as
he stated on OPRAH, was THE DANCING!...which
actually DOES include "yours truly"
as well as 14 other Chevy Chase Ballroom dancers in numerous segments
of the film, in almost all of the promotional TV ads that played on every
TV and movie screen across the US for 1 1/2 months and in the MOVIE
TRAILER! (which ends with Sharon, one of my dance partners, and
me....don't they always save the best for last?) and in the MOVIE
CREDITS! Not so bad for a 'more-sophisticated' (as they called
us during the casting call) 56-year-old black-tie fund-raiser type Hip
Hop Dancer! Plus it included as many of my Ballroom & Latin-dancing
friends from the Chevy Chase Ballroom as I could get in at the last minute
on short notice. AND we're actually still getting RESIDUALS!!...(so
watch it on HBO and pay TV and buy all of your friends and loved ones
DVD's for their birthdays, anniversaries and during the holidays and we'll
get EVEN MORE!).
Click on the above graphics to visit the "Head
Of State Photo Gallery" to see some of the best photos
and and watch the movie trailer. Also visit our Head
Of State page of IMDB, the Internet Movie Data Base which also includes
the movie trailer at www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=head+of+state&x=14&y=8
"It's getting Hot in here...so take off all your clothes. I am getting
so Hot...I'm gonna' take my clothes off!"... (This has to be one
of the most fun and rewarding gigs that I have ever done. I cannot WAIT
until my second 15 minutes of fame comes along...and hopefully that, too
will be caught on tape and used in another major motion picture!....).
the Last Dance (2001)
Starring Julia Stiles. A Ballet dancer who rediscovers her love of dance
(Ballet and Hip Hop).
Starring Amanda Schull. A story of a young Ballet dancer.
the Floor (1999)
A dance spectacular. A combination of ballroom and modern style dance.
A must see!
Dance With Me (1998)
Vanessa Williams, Chayanne, and Kris Kristofferson star. A Cuban boy who
looses his mother comes to America to meet his dancer father, who has
no idea he exists. Incredible dancing by 5 of the top world class International
Latin professional couples, all of which have been personal coaches of
ours at one time or another at the Chevy Chase Ballroom. Reader ratings
on Movies.com are 100% 5 stars. Purchase
your copy of this 1998 classic
motion picture of Ballroom Dancing at Amazon.com.
Shall We Dance? (1997) Also known as Shall
We Dansu? (1996) in Japanese.
Starring Koji Yakusho (hohei Sugiyama), Tamiyo Kusakari (Mai Kishikawa),
Naoto Takenaka (Tomio Aoki), Eriko Watanabe (Toyoko Takahashi), Akira
Emoto (Toru Miwa) and more. Overworked accountant Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho)
sees a beautiful woman in the window of the Kishikawa School of Dancing.
Despite being married, Sugiyama is compelled by the image of the woman
to investigate. Soon he's taking dance lessons at night, and when he comes
home late smelling of perfume, his wife gets suspicious. Sugiyama becomes
quite good at ballroom dance and enters a dance competition with the woman
he saw in the window, Mai (Tamiyo Kusakari).
This is the original version of the Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez movie
in Japanese with English sub text. You start out thinking that the subtext
will be annoying, but the movie is so entertaining, that you don't even
realize it's there. Definitely a fun-filled "must see".
Dirty Dancing (1987)
A classic with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray and now out AGAIN in a
20th anniversary ultimate edition DVD. Great Mambo dancing. Be
prepared to have the "Time of your life"... AGAIN!....
Visit the Dirty Dancing Photo Gallery.
To Sea (1997)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star as con artists bent on dancing their
way into the hearts of rich widows aboard a cruise ship.
of a Woman (1992)
A story of a blind man showing a young college boy the ropes. Al Pacino
has a great Tango scene.
There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't. "A
life lived in fear... ...is a life half-lived". A hilarious
movie about a man taking a daring stand against the norm as he gets into
Competitive Ballroom Dancing and how he and his shy and untrained wall
flower admirer and eventual dance partner make their mark. A "must
see" and a true classic!
Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the
chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in
dancing "his own steps". His funky and improvised moves cause
his dance partner, Liz (Gia Carides), to leave him. His unorthodox manner
upsets his mother, herself a former ballroom dance champion and the Dance
Federation chairwoman. Scott doesn't care and auditions potential new
partners, hoping to find someone who'll get what he's doing. A mousy and
shy ugly duckling named Fran (Tara Morice) believes in Scott and finally
gets up the courage to try out, but he's offended at her nerve …
that is, until he sees her potential and passion. Together, these two
misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the
Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there
are no new steps!". Visit the International Movie Data Base at http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi148504857/
to view the trailer. This film is definitely a "must see"!
for anyone involved in competitive Ballroom & Latin
Paul Mercurio .... Scott Hastings, Ballroom Champion
Tara Morice .... Fran, Scott's partner
Bill Hunter .... Barry Fife, Federation President
Pat Thomson .... Shirley Hastings, Scott's mother/cosmetics consultant
Gia Carides .... Liz Holt, Scott's partner
Peter Whitford .... Les Kendall, Scott's coach/Dance Studio owner
Barry Otto .... Doug Hastings, Scott's father
John Hannan .... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger .... Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade .... Charm Leachman
A group of boys living in World War II Germany rebel by listening and
dancing to Nazi-banned American Swing music. Their days of fun are numbered,
as the chaotic world in which they live tears them apart. The movie, itself
somewhat depressing...the dancing; out of this world.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Starring John Travolta (Tony Manero), Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie), Barry
Miller (Bobby C.), Joseph Call (Joey), Paul Pape (Double J) and more.
The movie that almost single-handedly popularized disco music stars John
Travolta as Tony Manero, a 19-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., kid who lives with
his family and works in a paint store. But at night, Tony transforms himself
into a dancing machine, and the combination of his polyester suits and
wicked disco moves makes him a nightclub legend. The soundtrack features
songs from The Bee Gees and other '70s icons.
A great movie for any time of the year, and another "must
see" classic starring Bing Crosby (Bob Wallace), Danny Kaye
(Phil Davis), Rosemary Clooney (Betty Haynes) and Vera-Ellen (Judy Haynes).
Wonderful dancing and singing by all four.