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Here’s a thought experiment. Take any film you love, in any genre — “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “Eraserhead,” “9 to 5,” whatever — and imagine it reshot, nearly scene-for-scene, with a cast of new actors inhabiting the exact same story. Same location, same era, same characters, and frequently, even the same dialogue. Is it… Read more »
Who knew, when we were watching and re-watching “Dirty Dancing” decades ago in our teenage years that it would be the one slyly feminist VHS in our collection to stand the test of time?
Perhaps screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein had an inkling. “As my husband says, if I’m not happy about [the film’s longevity], I better make films on the moon,” she told The Huffington Post over the phone of the film’s 30th anniversary. Since its 1987 release, Baby’s unforgettable summer at Kellerman’s Catskills resort has been seen — and loved — worldwide.
It’s also one of the few films we can point to when looking for honest depictions of abortion on the big screen, through the character of Penny, a dancer who must miss a performance in order to undergo a back-alley procedure in 1963, a decade before Roe v. Wade. It’s this event that serves as the catalyst for the rest of the plot: The wide-eyed resort guest Baby (Jennifer Grey) offers to take Penny’s place and learn a routine with the mysterious and volatile dance instructor Johnny (Patrick Swayze), whom she’s undeniably attracted to. The classic rom-com back-and-forth ensues.
“It didn’t take a lot of space on the page,” Bergstein said of the film’s abortion plotline. “As it came to be, right before the movie came out, a national sponsor saw it and asked to take the abortion out. The studio came to me when the film was already shot and asked me to take the abortion out. I could say quite truthfully, ‘Well, I can’t, because if there’s no abortion in it, there’s no reason for Baby to learn to dance, to fall in love with Johnny — so the whole story falls apart.’”
”They didn’t really notice [the abortion plotline],” Bergstein said. “Sometimes, somebody noticed it and said, ‘Why is this here? You know, this is 1987. Roe v. Wade is in. It’s silly.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, but in ‘63 it wasn’t, and who knows.’ Nobody cared enough to even fight with me about it but they thought it was a little foolish to put it in. Now, of course we know that Roe v. Wade is hanging by a thread.”
In this way, a film that on its surface appeared to be a straightforward love story also portrayed the dark reality of illegal abortions — a big-screen reminder of the importance of rights that generations of women have fought to protect. In a frantic scene, Baby calls upon her doctor father when she’s learned Penny is experiencing complications from the shoddy operation. Another employee of Kellerman’s explains the unsanitary conditions to which Penny was subjected.
“One of the reasons I had that purple language in — ‘dirty knife,’ ‘folding table’ — was that young women, when the movie came out in ‘87, would have thought [having an abortion] was like, going to Planned Parenthood or having an appendectomy. They wouldn’t have understood exactly what would happen because they were in that little bubble of total safety,” Bergstein explained. At that point, a viewer of “Dirty Dancing” could have lived with the protections from Roe v. Wade as a given her whole life. While Bergstein said she’s happy to have been able to share this particular story, she said, “I have no pleasure over the fact that it’s an issue now.”
For some, abortion on screen can seem unremarkable. However, looking more closely, a storyline like that of Penny’s doesn’t often come along in Hollywood. Bergstein recalled going back and looking at other films that might have depicted an uncertain pregnancy, and being surprised that few addressed abortion frankly.
One film Bergstein does cite as portraying an abortion story realistically is 2014’s “Obvious Child,” where a broke stand-up comedian has to grapple with an abortion after having a one-night stand.
“What ‘Obvious Child’ does do is show how hard it is even to have a legal abortion,” Bergstein said. “How expensive, how painful, how emotionally difficult it is.”
“We went through them all, and it turned out that since ‘Dirty Dancing,’ all the radical feminist movies about unwanted pregnancies ended up with the woman deciding to have the baby after all,” she explained. “So there really weren’t any legal abortions in films in the last 30 years. And I was more surprised than anybody by that, ‘cause I thought, well we put it in and after that, it opened the doors.”
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Dancing Round the Handbags® is a more than a self-development book for hard-working women. It is a catalyst for balancing the way we work and live. Using the metaphor of the ‘handbag’ and the ‘dance’, it supports you to create clarity about dancing to your own tunes whilst maintaining balance between work and life. The Dance is a metaphor for what women do each day; dance to the tunes of others. The multiple roles of mother, wife, boss, friend, daughter, lover, cook, and colleague, means that a woman sometimes dances to too many tunes all at once, resulting in little time to explore her own music. The handbag in this book is a metaphor for being a woman and each item in the handbag represents a different facet of who she is. In this life-changing book, Lynne stops the music for a while, removes you from the dancefloor of life, opens up the handbag that is you, and encourages you to explore your potential and balance. By the end you will have de-cluttered, re-packed and renewed the handbag that is you, and be ready to step back onto the dancefloor of life to at last dance to your own music.
The nine stories are: My Dancing Grandmother *A teenage girl’s mother is getting married and she romanticizes about weddings and her grandmother.’My mother told me she was eighteen when she got married. It’s hard to believe sometimes she was ever that young. I wonder about things like that. And what I’ll be like when I’m old, if I’ve got glasses already and I’m not exactly slim or pretty.’The Girl in the Red Stockings *An old lady remembers her first love and how it felt.’The girl in the red stockings. Like wind through the trees, passes through my life. A mere sigh.’The Doubling BikeA teenage girl tries to learn a bike so she can accept a date.’My father used to ride a bike. When he first met my mother, before the war, he would double her everywhere. I like to imagine that. Both of them together and laughing. Her long brown hair all let loose from its usual steel pins, lovely and flowing. And him, his legs outstretched sideways as they flew down the hill from our house with him singing, ‘Off we go. Off we go like the billy-o’.’Along the Home RoadFamily roots and a summer in Greece are two skins worn by this woman.’Yiorgos was a waiter at a local tavern in a small bay just beyond Piraeus. I would go there in the early evenings and sit and drink a glass of Retsina and wait for him. The white light, passionate blue sea and heat breathed a life into me I had never known before. It was there I first danced with my feet bare.’Shuttered Summer *A steamy affair in Italy one summer long ago.’And the flies in the room at the top of the building in Rome where the sun shone and where I made love behind the shuttered door and windows.’Tea at the Dunedin Savoy – 1950 *Three children are taken for a treat at the plush hotel.’At home our kitchen table is covered with a plastic cloth and our Christmas fairy has hardly any hair and her wand is bent in the middle. My mother gave the fairy to Katy last year to hold while we were decorating the tree but Katy played with it instead.
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Delta’s story is told in the first person narrative coercing the reader to anthropomorphize, to empathize, and to put themselves in her shoes, so to speak. An Asian elephant whose family was killed in the 1930’s, she takes you through seven decades in the life of an individual who is normally not thought of twice: a performing elephant. Throughout the account are hints of time and history sugar coated by music. Character names are hybrids of real-life noted elephants and elephant-noted people, presenting the reader with a challenge to see and think beyond mere words. From the same children’s book author who was compelled to pen Tyke and the Elephant Angel, this fictitious memoir is designed for young adults and up. It may seem like ‘Black Beauty’ (Anna Sewell) meets ‘Forrest Gump’ (Winston Groom) with a twist of ‘love story within a bigger story’ formula.
Jennifer Lopez is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, and television producer. Jennifer Lopez is easily one of the wealthiest and most influential Hispanics in the United States. Her career has spanned more than two decades and today she is one of Hollywood’s biggest A-list celebrities. Lopez was raised in the Bronx and danced in nightclubs as a backup dancer before landing a spot as a Fly Girl on the 90s television show In Living Color. After going on to dance for Janet Jackson, Lopez made the transition to acting, playing minor roles on television and on film. Her breakout film role came in 1995 when she won the title role in the biopic “Selena”. In the movie, Jennifer played the late Tejano singer Selena who was gunned down by a crazed fan. Next, Jennifer went on to appear in Anaconda, Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, and An Unfinished Life, among many other films. In 1999, Lopez kicked off her musical career with her debut album “On the 6”. She has since recorded several studio albums, including a Spanish-language album. Both her songs and her albums have spent significant time on the Billboard charts.
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In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Burke revealed that for the upcoming finale episode of “I Can Do That,” she was tasked with performing signature choreography from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, pushing her flexibility to the limit.
“Even as a dancer I can’t do the splits, and they’re famous for that drop split,” she told host Nancy Redd. “Yeah, my back is super flexible, but I’ve never been able to do a drop split. That was a lot of pain.”
Watch Burke attempt to nail the drop split in next week’s finale episode of the NBC show, which airs on Tuesday at 10 pm ET.
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I purchased this fiddle tree 30 years ago. They call this a fiddle tree because the leaves are beautifully shaped like a violin. At that time, it was small enough to carry up my stairs into my newly-built bedroom, which I had just designed and built on the second floor of my house. I have nurtured, loved, watered and fed this child with its branches and perfectly-formed leaves all these years.
My bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and in that ceiling is a huge skylight, eight feet by four feet of clear glass, so that I can see the moon, stars, clouds, rain and sunshine. My room is solar heated by the sun through this skylight. My tree’s branches have acclimated themselves by growing gently against the ceiling. Then, because they can’t go any higher, they fan out over my bed, forming a beautiful canopy.
I’m in love with this tree and I can feel its response to my love by giving out energy. It returns my passion with its beauty and when a breeze comes wafting through my open French doors, its perfectly-formed leaves and branches dance to the song of the breeze. I can meditate for hours on this beautiful song.
This tree, with its branches and leaves, has now formed an enormous nest over my bed. We communicate in a magical way that I can’t put into words. I just feel it. My friend the fiddle tree has grown so and filled the cathedral ceiling. The only way to move it from its home, my bedroom, would be to either destroy the walls and doorways of the house or destroy the tree. Which of course I would never do. So this amazing tree will simply have to go with me to that other place and we will ascend wherever one ascends at the end of this divine journey, that we have had together.
This person, I call him my friend, watches me sleep, he watches me practice my yoga each morning and enters my dreams. And he listens to my songs. He’s part of my life and a major part of my meditation. Lying in my bed, I absorb his energy and warmth. He calms me completely, and allows me freedom from any and all distractions in my life. He listens to me.
Sometimes a leaf will turn yellow. I watch it until it falls to the floor. But I can’t bare to throw it away, so I keep all the leaves in a box. Am I strange, or what? This amazing tree gives birth to new baby leaves that grow like children and become grownups. Now they too, watch over me with unconditional love. I have lived with this tree longer than any person, dog or cat, and that’s a fact.
In spring, summer, fall and winter. Cold, hot, dry, wet; he thrives. In 30 years, not a sniffle. He is a powerful being. He fills my bedroom with beauty and peace. And he listens.
Now, who do you know that can fill that bill? A guardian angel.
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Dancing With the Stars went big for season 20, and so did Erin Andrews. Not only did she take more fashion risks (jumpsuits and crop tops, anyone?), but she also ditched her Gisele-like extensions and cut her hair the shortest we’ve ever seen it. Before the first half of this week’s two-night finale, Erin exclusively talked to Glamour about her favorite looks of the season, and the reason behind that majorly chic chop!
“The two looks that I loved the most were two pantsuits, because that’s so me” Erin says. “I was so pumped to be able to do that in a fun way that was proper for the ballroom. Wearing a ball gown is great, but I feel more myself when I’m in pantsuit.”
“I really loved the yellow Prada we did for Disney night. It was just so perfect, and kind of like a Disney dress,” she says. “I stood in front of the [step and repeat] and started spinning around and it just felt so princess-y. The show was so magical that night.”
“A lot of people have been so sweet about [this Monique Lhuillier dress],” Erin says. “[People] said I either looked like a Disney princess of Glenda the Good Witch.”
“The Stella McCartney one I wore the night of my birthday was a nice cream,” she says. “I cut my hair that day. We can all be honest, I’m obsessed with Gisele, but I was tired of the mermaid weave, and who was I really fooling with that whole thing after a while? I just wanted to change it up for a bit. It’s a different look and fun to play around with it.”
“The red Dolce and Gabbana I wore for Latin Night I really liked. It was lace. We did a fun side ponytail.”
“It’s been a major tease to be able to wear Martin Katz jewels this season because it’s the most gorgeous diamonds I’ve ever been able to wear,” she says. “I hate taking them off at the end of the night! The pictures and television don’t do it justice, but when I put it on in my dressing room, everyone gasps.”
“For tonight’s show, we originally weren’t into the dress I’m going to be wearing. But once I cut my hair, we tried it back on the other day and it looked great. I think for the finale, I’ve worn a little fancier, grander, ballroom gown, so we’ll probably do that again. Maybe the same color Rhianna wore to the Met Gala.” (Ed. note: Follow us on Twitter at @glamourmag for an exclusive first look at what Erin will wear tonight!)
So who does Erin think will win the special gold Mirrorball trophy tomorrow night? “Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis obviously have had the judges scores, but Noah Galloway is America’s sweetheart right now. People are pulling for him as they should for what he’s went through in his life and what he’s done for our country. I’m so excited. I’m honored that I got to know these three stars and everybody has been wonderful to work with. I think it’s going to be an emotional two nights.”
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Alissa Sizemore was playing outside with her siblings one night in May 2014 when a UPS truck ran over her right leg. According to KSL.com, the 7-year-old’s foot couldn’t be saved.
At the time, Alissa’s dance teacher told the local news outlet, “She’ll dance again.” Mom Heather Sizemore recalls Alissa’s determination to do so. When the mom took Alissa’s sisters to their dance studio last summer for dance team placements, the little girl handed her mom her crutches and started to dance. “She hopped to the middle of the room and gave it her all. She wasn’t going to let anybody hold her back,” Heather told PEOPLE.
Members of the dancer’s hometown raised enough money for the little girl to get a prosthetic leg in September 2014 — a big contribution came from an 11-year-old girl who sold her prize pig to donate $ 10,000 to the Sizemore family. After receiving the limb, Alissa started rehearsing for her dance studio’s recital.
“Dancing has been my favorite thing since I was 4. I don’t have part of my leg, but I can’t let that stop me. I still want to dance,” Alissa told PEOPLE.
In late February, the now 8-year-old took the stage to perform a beautiful and inspiring routine to Colbie Caillat’s “Try,” and received a standing ovation.
Successful businesswoman Tori St. John is haunted by the verse From whom much is given, much is required. Poised at the glass ceiling with sledgehammer in hand, Tori decides to do something with real impact. she and her husband Phillip adopt two children from a Bulgarian orphanage. At five, Lydia is sugar-coated dynamite. Two-year-old Gabe avoids eye contact, prefers a silver bowl over shiny new toys and fears the vacuum cleaner. His diagnosis of autism leaves Tori depressed, obsessed with helping her son and angry at God. She adores her quirky, charming son, but what will his future be like if Tori cant free him? Tori plunges into the special-needs world with the vigor that made her a business diva. This time the stakes are critical. As she struggles with Gabes disability, Toris world unravels. Schools not working for Gabe, their church rejects him, Lydias resentment escalates and a sultry co-worker is after Phillip. As she battles to save her family, Tori must learn how to balance a life she can’t control and embrace a different concept of normal.
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Alfonso Ribeiro may be forced to leave “Dancing With the Stars.” TMZ is reporting that Ribeiro injured his back in rehearsal Wednesday night overcompensating for the groin injury he suffered performing the famous Carlton dance. The injury is allegedly serious and may compromise his ability to continue in the competition. Sources told HuffPost Entertainment that Ribeiro was indeed injured during rehearsal and undergoing medical evaluation. His status for Monday’s show is unclear.
They say you should dance like no one’s watching. But if you actually don’t want anyone watching, you should make sure that no one is.
That lesson was learned the hard way by this poor soul in the video above, who was cleaning up after a Halloween party whilst dancing to the Sheena Easton classic “9 to 5,” according to the video description.
The dancing is great and this guy has nothing to be ashamed of. See for yourself above.
The pint-sized performer completely breaks it down to Major Lazer’s song “Jet Blue Jet” in a video uploaded this week by choreographer Tricia Miranda. And then he puts it back together and breaks it down again, just because he can. That is exactly how awesome this kid’s moves are.
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