Choreographers talk about the remake of the iconic film that had the youth grooving in the 80s, making (I've Had) The Time of My Life an anthem
Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze created magic in the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing. So the announcement that a remake is in the works, is arousing interest among moviegoers and dance lovers. The film shocked the people of it's time by introducing dance moves that were deemed 'inappropriate.' Kenny Ortega, who choreographed the original's iconic numbers, has been called in to direct the remake. Desi choreographers react to the news.
Getting experimental on the dance floor
Choreographer Longinus Fernandes aka Longi says, "I am thrilled to know that they are remaking Dirty Dancing. I would love to see more elaborate dance styles like the Pasodoble, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Tango in the dance sequences. They should raise the bar and get dirtier on the dance floor, but it should be shot aesthetically." Choreographer Bosco adds, "Dirty Dancing was about attitude and sensuality. I hope the remake embodies that. I would love to see Salsa and Contemporary dance in the remake, with a fusion of Hip Hop and Latin American for the finale."
Just up the antenna
Choreographers Remo D'Souza and Vaibhavi Merchant advocate sticking to the original script but introducing Latin American dance styles with a twist. Remo says, "The movie had chemistry and sensuality because of the ballroom dance format, which was an intrinsic part of the film. I think they should continue with that and go with a Tango and a mix of Swing for the final song."
Vaibhavi agrees and adds, "Dirty Dancing got its name because of its dance moves... they were seductive and sexual. I don't think they should drastically change the dance styles as they are in keeping with the overall tempo of the film. However, what they can do is up the antenna by introducing Latin American dance styles with a contemporary twist."
Choreographer-turned- director Farah Khan has her reservations about the remake. She says, "Dirty Dancing was an iconic film. While the script wasn't great, it worked because the dances created magic and the music was very good. I don't think they can recreate that magic today. Besides, the film worked with the youth because they identified with what the lead actors were going through. Apart from this, the dance sequences had shock value, which is no longer the case. The current brand of pop divas and actors have pushed the envelope when it comes to shock value. I don't see how it can get dirtier than that."