John Clark is a middle aged Chicago estate lawyer. He loves his family, which includes his wife Beverly, but their combined busy schedules and getting caught in a rut after two decades of marriage has left him feeling unfulfilled. While taking the el train home every night, he notices the same young, beautiful contemplative woman staring out of one of the windows of Miss Mitzi's Dance Studio, which specializes in ballroom. He is intrigued enough with her beauty and sadness to go in one evening on his way home. He learns that she is Paulina, one of the instructors and a former world class ballroom dancer. Because of her, he signs up for beginner group dance lessons, regardless of them being taught by Miss Mitzi herself, and not Paulina. As time progresses, John gets caught up in the lives of those at Miss Mitzi's: his two fellow classmates - overweight Vern who wants to learn to dance for his upcoming wedding, and Chic, who wants to impress the ladies - and two of the studio's ...
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Did You Know?
The filming location was moved to Winnipeg from Toronto because of the SARS "scare" in early 2003. See more
In the first ballroom lesson Miss Mizzie teaches standard slow waltz mirror-inverted: she teaches "left foot forward, right foot side, right close..." which are ladies 2nd part steps. Men's are "right foot forward, left foot side, right close". See more
So why did you all start dancing?
I'm getting married in September. My bride said she'd like to see me lose a few pounds, thought the dancing might be good exercise. I told her it wouldn't work.
[waitress gives him a hamburger and fries
I think you're gonna win that bet.
I'm here for the ladies, you know what they say about guys that can dance...
Yeah, that they're great in bed.
Where do you hear this crap?
Everywhere, everywhere the guys that can dance get the pick of the litter.
Shall We Dance?
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Produced and Arranged by Paul Rabjohns See more