Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1993 (USA)
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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Thomson ...
Peter Whitford ...
Les Kendall
Doug Hastings
Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger ...
Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ...
Charm Leachman
Wayne Burns
Leonie Page ...
Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ...
Armonia Benedito ...
Ya Ya
Jack Webster ...


Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Written by Rowena Young

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ballroom - Gara di ballo  »

Box Office


AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)


$11,738,022 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The film makers had to beg Coca-Cola to allow them to have the sign on top of the studio. The company ended paying a bit for the cost of the sign but not the whole price. See more »


Visible in the mirror at the end of Scott's solo dance. See more »


Barry Fife: There are no new steps!
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Love Is In The Air
Vocal by John Paul Young
Written by Harry Vanda & George Young
(c) 1978 J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd
by Courtesy of Albert Productions
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User Reviews

What A Way To DANCE!!
25 July 2002 | by (st. pete, fl usa) – See all my reviews

It's a love story. It's a story about being yourself. It's story of following your dreams and not giving up. It's a story with DANCING!!

A boy who loves to dance HIS WAY loses at the major dancing competition. Why or why can't he dance like the others. This is killing his mother. No one wants to be his partner now. He is TOO MUCH!

He works as an instructor at his parents dance studio. His mom wants him to dance again, but the right way. His dad doesn't say much. He is too busy reliving his old dancing days when he was happier. There is a girl who dances at the studio who wants to be his partner. She is too plain and clumsy to be taken seriously. Will she ever get the chance?? Will the boy ever make the world see his way?? Will his mom ever chill out?? Will his Dad end up in the Nuthouse??? For the answers to these questions, please get this film.

Seriously, you will love this film. Though it follows closely to the "DIRTY DANCING" story, it is much more than that. The characters are just so off the wall you will laugh your arse off. The love story is kind of sweet, but the DANCING is great!

8 out of 10

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