A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

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Baz Luhrmann

Writers:

Baz Luhrmann (original idea), Baz Luhrmann (earlier screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Mercurio ... Scott Hastings
Tara Morice ... Fran
Bill Hunter ... Barry Fife
Pat Thomson ... Shirley Hastings
Gia Carides ... Liz Holt
Peter Whitford ... Les Kendall
Barry Otto ... Doug Hastings
John Hannan ... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger Sonia Kruger ... Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade ... Charm Leachman
Pip Mushin Pip Mushin ... Wayne Burns
Leonie Page Leonie Page ... Vanessa Cronin
Antonio Vargas ... Rico
Armonia Benedito Armonia Benedito ... Ya Ya
Jack Webster Jack Webster ... Terry
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Storyline

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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A life lived in fear... ...is a life half lived See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The first scene filmed was the big finale at the dance competition. It was filmed at a real dance competition during the 1-hour lunch break. See more »

Goofs

Fran's hair changes during her conversation with Scott outside her shop. See more »

Quotes

Wayne: What's wrong with you?
Scott: That's what I've been trying to find out for the last three weeks, Wayne! What is wrong with me? What is so wrong with the way I dance?
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the end credits is the note: This film is dedicated to Ted Albert See more »

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Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Dance Battle Scenes in Movies (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Rumba De Burros
Vocal by Ignatius Jones
Lyrics by Baz Luhrmann & Juan Carlos Walshe
Music by David Hirschfelder
(c) T.W.O./Polygram Music Publishing
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What A Way To DANCE!!
25 July 2002 | by timmaukSee 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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Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strictly Ballroom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,977, 15 February 1993

Gross USA:

$11,738,022

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,749,595
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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