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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 www.MadHotBallroom.com

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.

Hairspray 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 Gallery.

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" Photo Gallery.

Night 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!).

Stomp The Yard Incredible, INCREDIBLE dancing!

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!....).

Save the Last Dance (2001)
Starring Julia Stiles. A Ballet dancer who rediscovers her love of dance (Ballet and Hip Hop).

Center Stage (2000)
Starring Amanda Schull. A story of a young Ballet dancer.

Burn 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.

Out 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.

Scent of a Woman (1992)
A story of a blind man showing a young college boy the ropes. Al Pacino has a great Tango scene.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

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 dancing.

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

Swing Kids (1993)
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.

White Christmas (1954)

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.