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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Herself - Host
'West Side Story' dancer
Tony Mordente ...
'West Side Story' dancer
'West Side Story' dancer
Eliot Feld ...
'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 <>

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Release Date:

18 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That's Dancing  »

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A multitude of well-known players, such as Ann-Margret, Joan Crawford, Betty Grable, Cary Grant, Jack Haley, June Haver and Gene Nelson, James Stewart, Joan McCracken, Esther Williams, Frank Sinatra, Tarita, Taina Elg, José Iturbi, Doris Day, Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Marge Champion, Gower Champion and the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) dancers, appear only in brief film clips behind the opening credits, and nowhere else in the film, leading one to believe that a great deal of footage intended to be included never made the final cut. 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 Tom Thumb (1958) See more »


Music by Michael Gore
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Sung by Irene Cara from the film Fame (1980)
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Great clips, poor presentation.
12 September 2004 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

When voting for this film, it is necessary to distinguish between the wonderful clips, which are the work of others, and the way in which they are presented, which is the work of the producer and director of "That's Dancing".

The majority of clips are excellent, although they do not always represent the stars' best work, presumably because certain excerpts had been used before or were not available for copyright or other reasons. For example the Nicholas Brothers' routine in "Orchestra Wives" is infinitely better than their appearance here.

The same cannot be said for the presentation. One expects to have to watch various presenters spouting a certain amount of bland dialogue, but do they really have to keep up the commentaries during the dances? Some are fairly unintrusive, but others, such as the one which punctuates "42nd Street", completely ruin the routines.

Film clips - 9, presentation -4.

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