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Elimination dances are illegal, because they cause uprisings of the people and governments just do not like that. The announcer reads, from cards, various embarrassing incidents and all ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Male Dance Partner
Female Dance Partner
Michael Turner ...
Maurice Oxford ...
The Voice
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valerie Buhagiar
Kirsten Johnson
Namir Khan ...
Chas Lawther
Natalie McDonald ...
Carole Pope
Anna Stratton ...
Bruce Stratton ...
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Madeleine Stratton ...
Alan Zweig


Elimination dances are illegal, because they cause uprisings of the people and governments just do not like that. The announcer reads, from cards, various embarrassing incidents and all those dancers who have experienced the incident must leave the floor, along with their partners. Disbelief must be suspended here because to leave the floor is to reveal, publicly, one's secrets. The reactions of those who leave the floor tell the story. Written by Tom Murray <>

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McKellar and McDonald's forgotten masterpiece
31 December 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

After the very acclaimed, very important Canadian independent film "Roadkill", the somewhat over-praised cult film "Highway 61" (which I still do enjoy on many levels), the memorable "Dance Me Outside", and the classic Canadian sitcom "Twitch City", Don McKellar, who achieved wider exposure with "Last Night" and "The Red Violin" among others, co-wrote one last Bruce McDonald project: this magnificent, magical short film.

Like the other person who wrote an IMDb comment for this, I had only seen this on Bravo several years ago and remembered loving it, and was surprised this morning with a link to it on youtube (it is also available on the Roadkill DVD, which I don't own). Seeing that the quality was high I decided to watch it and was blown away yet again. McKellar's sense of humor is unique and you either get it or you don't, much like, I suppose, "Kids in the Hall" as far as Canadian comedies that seem to turn a lot of people off go, not that the styles of humor in themselves are that similar. This short is a great showcase of the increase in McDonald's technical understanding of the medium, and light years ahead of, say, "Highway 61", and definitely as impressive as "Hard Core Logo". Of course it is only nine minutes long and takes place in a fairly closed setting, but the film is still very, very well-directed in my estimation, the acting is fantastic, and the script is vintage McKellar, loaded with wit, irony, satire, and just the right amount of tastelessness. A magical little short film, and in my relatively limited exposure to Canadian shorts, my favorite of the bunch.

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