That's Dancing! (1985)

G  |   |  Documentary, Musical  |  18 January 1985 (USA)
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The history of dance depicted on film.



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Credited cast:
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tommy Abbott ...
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Robert Banas ...
Himself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)
Herself (clip from "Flashdance") (archive footage)
David Bean ...
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Francesca Bellini ...
Herself (clip from "West Side Story") (archive footage)
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A documentary film about dancing on the screen, from it's orgins after the invention of the movie camera, over the movie musical from the late 20s, 30s, 40s 50s and 60s up to the break dance and the music videos from the 80s. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Dancing  »

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Did You Know?


The extended version of Ray Bolger's dance routine from "The Wizard of Oz" was first presented here. See more »


Title Card: This film is dedicated to all the dancers... especially those who devoted their lives to the development of their art long before there was a motion picture camera.
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Features Flashdance (1983) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Dick Powell and Chorus dancers from the film Dames (1934)
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That's Spectacular!!!!!
1 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a collaboration of copious dance scores that takes you through the entire historical duration of Hollywood producing movies!! "That's Dancing" is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining films that I have ever seen!! Hosted by Gene Kelly, he itemizes the complete scope of dancing brilliance throughout all of movie and television history!! Gene Kelly is a legend on his own right! Other greats such as Elenor Powell, Ann Miller, John Travolta, Donald O'Connor, and, of course, the ultimate dancing dream team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had dance routines which were depicted in this film.. Besides the all time classics, this film takes you through the myriad of talented dancers that Hollywood has manufactured with an utterly boastful showmanship!! This film ran the gambit from classical dance, to ballet, to tap dancing, to disco, and so much more!! This does include Busby Berkeley, he became a legend with his choreography in the 1930's, so much so that dance ensembles were never looked at the same way ever since!! The free expression of dancing represents a titillation with the audience, as well as with the performers who have nonchalantly made intricate dance numbers look like a total breeze.. The glamor, the fabulous moments of fame, and the recognition of raw physical talent, all bring on an exuberance that only professional dancing can provide!! There is a free flowing addiction to dancing which has consistently energized the silver screen!! Show business has always had the auspicious reputation to perennially cultivate a plethora of fame and applause as necessary affinities in it's industry for purposes of brandishing their high profile acting and dancing performances!! I for one, viewed this film "That's Dancing" with a pleasantly candid recognition of how dancing talent in Hollywood is one of the critical components to arousing the moviegoer's interest!! This compendium of dance numbers enhances the entire genre of flippant, yet intense talent in the existing cinema of yesteryear, as well as today!! Films like "Singin in the Rain" and "Swing Time" have scores that evoke an unprecedented amount of professional dancing talent!! Modern break dancing (Especially, very modern for 1985) illustrated how the legend of dancing prevails in present movie making times as well!! It is so wonderful to see this film, I can see it time and time again and never be bored!! I feel that the movie "That's Dancing"t is one of the best films I have ever seen, however, in making this film, I realize that it cannot receive critical acclaim, as it is just a matter of a snippet here and a snippet there... In so reminiscing about the remarkable dancing talent which Hollywood has provided it's movie viewers throughout history, it just simply astounds me!! I definitely recommend seeing this film!! I give it five stars, and, a totally perfect ten!!

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