Some things never go out of style: table manners, denim, birthday parties, little black dresses…..and dance! You may have noticed that recently, television and movie producers have been uniting generations by remaking classic, popular dance movies. Today’s top stars have joined these casts and crews, making these revivals relevant and exciting to younger audiences, while still giving more mature viewers a healthy dose of nostalgia. Summer provides some extra downtime to revisit these dance-centric films that have withstood the test of time:
- Grease is the word: In January, FOX coordinated “Grease: LIVE”, a live television broadcast of the classic movie-musical that featured stars including Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Mario Lopez. The 1978 American musical romantic comedy film was reimagined, but the style stayed largely the same. The bright red lipstick and black leather outfits wow-ed audiences of all ages and the letterman jackets stayed exactly as we remembered them. If you weren’t able to catch the live broadcast, check it out on Netflix!
- No one puts baby in the corner: ABC is working on a three-hour musical version of the 1987 hit “Dirty Dancing,” the much-loved story of how good girl Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman falls for – and learns some serious dance moves from! --Johnny Castle, the dance instructor at her family’s Catskills summer resort. The host station of “Dancing with the Stars” will recreate the movie’s iconic dance lift that made everyone trust their dance partner. The cast includes Debra Messing, Nicole Scherzinger and Abigail Breslin.
- Whatever you feel, just dance it: Lifetime is creating a sequel to the beloved 2000s classic “Center Stage.” This time around, the American Ballet Academy is tasked with incorporating more contemporary styles into its ballet repertoire, and Peter Gallagher will return as the stern director everyone loves to hate. The sequel will include “Dance Moms” alum Chloe Lukasiak, who stars as a young ballerina vying for a spot in the company. These cast choices will make new and old viewers excited to watch just how modern the classic art of ballet can get.
- Kick off your Sunday shoes: Catch “Footloose,” the 1984 American musical drama turned 2011 contemporary movie, proving any generation can appreciate a good rebel. Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald take on this small town with a big city attitude.
With your downtime this summer, consider reconnecting with old and new timeless favorites that remind us dance is a universal language that stretches across generations. Who knows, you just might get inspired to whip out some classic dance moves or choreograph to a retro song!