Cheers: Season 5, Episode 12

Dance, Diane, Dance (18 Dec. 1986)

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Diane admits to the gang that she has been taking a ballet class at the local community college under the tutelage of world renowned Madame Lihkova. The final exam for the class entailed ... See full summary »



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Diane admits to the gang that she has been taking a ballet class at the local community college under the tutelage of world renowned Madame Lihkova. The final exam for the class entailed performing a solo to be videotaped for adjudication. The gang at the bar intercepts the tape and the critique before Diane has a chance to see it; the critique is negative as Diane truly has no dancing talent. To spare Diane's feelings, Frasier decides to write a glowing review for Diane instead thinking that this act of kindness will cause no harm. After reading the altered review, which states that she has "the soul of a dancer", Diane decides to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina, despite her advanced age. She crashes a closed practice for Boston Ballet, and is about ready to perform for the company when... Written by Huggo

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Diane's wistful, backwards glance at the ballet dancers at the Boston Dance Company is reminiscient of Sam's gaze out of the hospital window in episode Dark Imaginings. See more »


Diane: [to the dance coaches at Boston Ballet] I have a dream. To be a dancer. And for it to become true, you must see me dance. Oh yes, my technique is not quite as polished as it should be, but is that all there is to art, mere technique? Or is it not the passion and emotion and pain that lie deep with our souls, for I have that emotion. I have felt that pain. I am a feeling person, and I can communicate those feelings to you through dance. So judge me not by what my arms and legs are doing, judge me...
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Dance, Diane, Dance (#5.12)
21 May 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Diane has been taken ballet classes. The assistant of her teacher comes to Cheers to bring by the analysis of her dancing video. The guys take it but they don't want to upset Diane and rewrite the analysis to make it more positive. After this she thinks that maybe she should pursue her dream of becoming a dancer and goes to audition for Boston Ballet group, Frasier and Sam try to prevent this.

Another fun episode. Marilyn Lightstone who was Leeza did a great job, she had an actual Russian accent. And it was pretty funny how she said that Diane should not dance anymore. And of course how they were watching her video was very funny as well.

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