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That's Dancing! (1985)

The history of dance depicted on film.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Himself - Host
Herself - Host
'West Side Story' dancer
'West Side Story' dancer
'West Side Story' dancer
'West Side Story' dancer
Bert Michaels ...
'West Side Story' dancer
David Bean ...
'West Side Story' dancer
Robert Banas ...
'West Side Story ' dancer
Anthony 'Scooter' Teague ...
'West Side Story' dancer (as Scooter Teague)
Harvey Evans ...
'West Side Story' dancer (as Harvey Hohnecker)
Tommy Abbott ...
'West Side Story' dancer


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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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That's Dancing  »

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Director Jack Haley Jr.'s credits are shown over a picture of his father, Jack Haley in the role of the Tin Woodman in The Wizard of Oz (1939). This also happened at the end of the earlier That's Entertainment! (1974) which Haley also produced. See more »


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References Dracula (1979) See more »


Broadway Rhythm
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Performed by Eleanor Powell and chorus from the film Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
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Hollywood talent in the form of dance
2 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Those who love dance of any kind and classic film will be thrilled with That's Dancing! Some segments are too short and some of the narration I agree is obtrusive(especially for the 42nd Street number)- there could have been much less of the talking over scenes- and not always necessary(the opinion on break-dancing, went on for a little too long and it did ramble a bit). The hosting is mixed, Gene Kelly is very engaging and informative and while he's not always easy to understand Mikhail Baryshnikov also says things of good value but didn't get a huge amount out of Liza Minelli. That's Dancing! is still splendid stuff though, it's skilfully filmed and the editing of the footage is done slickly and not awkwardly. The music of course is outstanding and of good variety, good that it showed more than one style or genre rather than just one without skimming the surface, and the dancing even better, especially in the Busby Berkeley, Nicholas Brothers, Flashdance, West Side Story and Fred and Ginger numbers. The scenes featured feature some deserved classics like Pick Yourself Up, Night and Day, Forty-Second Street(pretty much anything with Busby Berkeley's involvement in fact), Broadway Rhythm and If Only I Had a Brain/We're Off to See the Wizard(in an extended scene cut from the film), as well as the ballet sequence from The Red Shoes and the scene from Yankee Doodle Dandy. And of all the stars featured the ones that stood out were Fred and Ginger(obviously, it would be a crime really to miss them out), Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, Shirley Temple and Bojangles Robinson, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller and the Nicholas Brothers tap-dance(the Wizard of Oz extended cut scene was charming though if too long, you can understand why it was cut). In conclusion, a very good documentary with the best stuff splendid. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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