Have been fascinated and will forever be fascinated with this movie, truly the first movie about ballroom dancing. First watched it on a LD (laser disk, no longer available as this technology is now obsolete) when Robin was trying to chase after me by inviting my group of social dancing freaks to a home theater movie show. Well, it worked wonders and now we are husband and wife dance movie freaks!
This Australian movie was the country's 1992 screen hits. It employs a narrative method to tell the story which gives a very refreshing feel. Do not pay too much attention to the actors' execution of the dance techniques nor the fact that Paso Doble is not an un-approved dance form in dance championships.
It starts with a big bang with Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio), all of 17-18 years old, competing with his long time partner, Liz (Gia Carides) in a very prestigious championship dancing the Samba with vibrant music. He starts to express his personal feelings and choreographs his own dance steps on the fly, flipping his partner all over. Naturally his partner is shocked and the adjudicators decide to disqualify them due to unapproved variations being used.