Posted by Alia Haddad on October 11, 2012 at 9:55 am
There’s nothing like a good ‘ol dance scene to get the chills flowing. Seriously, think about it. Who doesn’t get chills when watching Ducky move to Otis Redding and his high pitched notes in Pretty in Pink? Or what about watching Ferris Bueller inspire all of Chicago while singing and dancing to the John-Lennon-led “Twist and Shout” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Or, to choose from a non John Hughes movie (as good as they are), how about watching the Usher-dictated school-wide dance in the prom scene in She’s All That? There is just no denying it: these scenes simply inspire chills–and hopefully smiles–even in the most stoic of us.
In this vein, I proffer Emile Ardolino’s Dirty Dancing and its most memorable scene for this same category. An 80′s movie if there ever was one, Dirty Dancing tells the ever-so-swoon-worthy love story that occurs one summer in 1967 at a family retreat in the Catskills between Baby (Jennifer Grey), a wide-eyed, big-hearted soon-to-be college freshman at Mount Holyoke, and Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the retreat’s bad-boy dance instructor who has spent one too many nights fending for himself. Key to the film and, not to mention, the love story is the fact that Baby must learn the dance moves to a very hard dance routine from an incredulous Johnny when his regular dance partner becomes indisposed (with child). Just who is this wide-eyed Baby if she doesn’t offer to help? And so, while spending the time, tears, and frustration to lean the moves from a somewhat volatile instructor(on Baby’s end) and to teach the moves to a person who appears to have two left feet (on Johnny’s end), I suppose it wouldn’t be appropriate if they didn’t fall in love. And fall in love they do. A magical story!
Anyway, back to the task at hand, the chill-inducing scene in question comes at the very end of the movie, when Johnny returns to the retreat with his pride in tact after being fired on false accusations of stealing. Johnny arrives, and Baby’s parents be-damned, announces the one statement that I have, since hearing, lived my life by: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (Swoon!) And with that simple statement, Johnny takes Baby to the stage to perform the routine they had worked so hard on for the entire resort, her family included. Downright chills!
Watch the scene below (in two parts):