When a bored-with-life English teacher meets a West Coast Swing champion dancer, they have an instant connection. Both feel that the other can fulfill what was missing in their lives. Jake and Jessica must try to elude all obstacles, romantic or otherwise, to stay focused on the goal - winning the World Title and winning each other. Will they give in to the pressure or come out like champs?
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When do you get when you have a man that believes everything is about business engaged to a woman that feels neglected and bored with her life, mix in a dance instructor that is a dork everywhere but the dance floor, a gay cowboy, an over the top lesbian, and a bunch of dancing? You guessed right, it all adds up to Love 'N Dancing.
Myself, and about 15 other members of the Atlanta Swing Dancers Club, had the privilege of attending the April 30, 2009, premiere of Love 'N Dancing at the Regal Cinema located in Johns Creek, just outside Atlanta, GA.
I don't want to speak too much about the plot of the movie, but I encourage you to see it if you have the opportunity. The movie had some great dancing (the Jordan and Tatiana scarf piece definitely is the best dance routine in my opinion), the characters were developed enough to make the movie work, and there were some really interesting supporting characters that provided comic relief. The message I picked up from the movie was listening to your partner is the only way that you can create a connection. This message was delivered in two different ways in Love 'N Dancing, one way it was delivered was through the relationship of Jake (Tom Malloy) and Jessica (Amy Smart) as dance partners, and Kent (Billy Zane) and Jessica as an engaged couple.
After the movie there was a question and answer session with Tom Malloy (writer and actor), Amy Smart (actor), Robert Royston (producer and choreographer), Jordan Frisbee (actor), and Tatiana Mollman (actor). It was interesting to hear all of them speak about the movie, but one thing that Tom stated was, "I wanted the movie to be about ability, not disability. See me about what I can do, not what I can't." It is a great message, and while I didn't find it as the most predominant message in the movie, I understand how it relates to the movie.
As a dancer, it is exciting to see other dancers that you know on the big screen. I think the movie is really exciting for all dancers (especially those that know people in the movie), and it should be an enjoyable evening out for non-dancers as well.
I encourage you to get the word out and make the trip to the theatre on opening weekend.