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Step Up To The Dance Floor

Step Up To The Dance Floor

Date: Oct 11 2006


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If you like to watch movies, eventually you’ll probably see a couple of dance movies.

Back in the day, Fred Astaire was always dancing on the big screen. In the 1970’s John Travolta brought a different style of dancing to the cinema in Saturday Night Fever. In the 80’s, Flashdance and Dirty Dancing heated up the screen.

A decade later, Japan made their own movie about ballroom dancing called Shall We Dance? It was so good that Jennifer Lopez starred in the American re-make of that movie.

But Julia Stiles had already grooved for Hollywood in Save the Last Dance. (That’s her in the picture! She’s so cute.)

Now, yet another dance movie has been released. It’s called Step Up. So far it doesn’t seem to be living up to its predecessors.

Logan was definitely not excited about it. Listen to him talk to Toby about dance movies.


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Toby:  So, um, I’ve noticed on TV lately that there are all these, like, dance competitions, and dance, I guess, is really hot, it’s really in, and… And I’ve also noticed there’s a new dance movie out, this movie called Step Up. Have you seen it?

Logan:  I’ve seen a preview for it. I’m not too pumped about it. I’m pumped up to make fun of it actually.

Toby:  Why? What bugs you about it?

Logan:  It just … it just seems so cheesy. I saw the preview. It looked like a janitor’s working at a dance school or something like that, and he comes in and says, “I’ll help out dancing,” and he’s just this master street performer slash hip hop dancer, he just comes in and just woos everybody and the girl obviously looks like she’s gonna fall in love with him ‘cause he’s a handsome devil. And she’s a young little, she’s a young princess herself.

Toby:  What was the movie that had… Oh, God, I’m not gonna be able to think of it. But it was, it was the interracial relationship, the white girl and the black boy, um, he was…

Logan:  Save the Last Dance?

Toby:  Save the Last Dance. That actually was kind of a good movie!

Logan:  It was a good movie. I als… I compare it to this too. That’s a good comparison.

Toby:  It’s the same, yeah, it’s the same genre.

Logan:  Same plot.

Toby:  Yeah. There’s… It’s funny because in movies there’s this whole dance thing. There was, like, Strictly Ballroom, um, Shall We Dance? which was the Japanese film and then, there was, like, a Richard Gere re-make. And I think that, like, the dance movie people saw that they were making money off of it and they’re like “How can we, how can we reach the younger audience?”

Logan:  They must’ve been because this movie looks horrible.



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Toby says that dance is in right now.

Logan saw a preview for Step Up and thinks it looks stupid and predictable. When he talks about the dude being a “handsome devil” he is being sarcastic. It’s his way of showing how cheesy he thinks it is.

When Logan says “slash” he means that the guy is a mix of the two things. This word evolved in English from the punctuation mark ” / ”. For example, if you are a student and also a tutor, you could say, “I’m a student-slash-tutor.”

Toby points out that there always seems to be a dance movie to see. She thinks Hollywood has figured out that they make money, so they keep trying to figure out new plots. But Logan says it’s the same old story.

What’s your favorite dance movie?

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

is that a very beautiful movie?i love that very much cause i love danceLaughing

06:28 PM Nov 20 2012 |




To say the Truth, I lovve dancing movies >> not the Dirty kind :D << But I don’t know HOW TO DANCE ! Embarassed

01:37 PM Sep 20 2011 |



United States

I think movies with a lot of dance are pretty good :) we can watch them and at the same time we can study it ! Great opportunities !

03:58 PM Feb 19 2009 |



United States

I think movies with a lot of dance are pretty good :) we can watch them and at the same time we can study it ! Great opportunities !

03:57 PM Feb 19 2009 |



I would probably like it :d b'cuz one of ma favorite movie as I mentioned is Step UP 1…I recommand this movie to those who likes dance movies ;)

06:20 PM Jan 07 2009 |





07:00 PM Nov 13 2008 |




I like dancing, so I like dance movies as well. Dirty dancing especially..:)

12:11 AM Aug 05 2008 |


ola3Super Member!


The best dance movie is “Flashdance”. There has been no other good dance movie to beat so far.

12:29 AM Oct 17 2006 |




I like dance movies, it is often joyful, lively, and sometimes erotic. Moulin Rouge starred by Nicole Kidman (I have seen twice), Dirty Dance (I love this movie, especially the erotic dancing in the club), Take the lead (Antonio Banderas, the sexy guy, who makes the classic ballroom looks great too, nice movie).

04:13 AM Oct 11 2006 |

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