As the weather turns winter-ish and the Holiday season is in full-swing, we look to indoor activities with family and friends. Movie theaters bring in the majority of their business during the months of November thru January, capitalizing on this concept. Although there are many other fun, exciting activities families and friends can enjoy together (such as board/video games, holiday baking, etc.), heading to the cinema can be a fabulous treat. Especially when there are dance films on the big screen!
Currently, Footloose and Happy Feet 2 are out in theaters everywhere. On their opening weekends, Footloose brought in $15,556,113 and Happy Feet 2: $21,237,068. Footloose was choreographed by Jamal Sims, who has choreographed for Step Up, Step Up 2 the Streets, Step Up 3D, Hairspray, Teen Choice Awards, and the new film, Jack and Jill. Happy Feet 2 was choreographed by Wade Robson, Dein Perry, and Kate Wormald. These choreographers also performed the dancing in the film. Wade Robson is best known for his work with So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, various Music Videos and Tours, and numorous awards shows. Dein Perry is an accomplished tap dancer and choreographer and was made famous for his film, Tap Dogs. And finally, Kate Wormald was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Australia in 2008.
Great choreography meets fabulous story-line on both of these movies– must see if you are a dancer or dance parent!
Also, many cinemas around the country live-stream professional ballet performances into their theaters. Here is a link to find one near you!
~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD