As I have said, I have a deep affinity for dance movies. I believe that it’s important to apply the skills of criticism and analysis to the things we love, rather than trying to mold our love around the criticism of others who are unceremoniously in charge of what is “good” and what is “art.” You can’t cement good or art. You can only discuss success and failure of intent.
To begin the Derby I want to examine what I consider to be one of the best dance movies of all time. I would also argue that it’s a very successful film in that it achieves what it sets out to achieve, handles problems, avoids extreme pitfalls, and is more complex than people give it credit for being.
Dirty Dancing depicts a meaningful relationship between two people separated by culture and socio-economic status. So, when you throw dance in as the medium through which they can connect, you have a classic dance movie. What is especially unique about Dirty Dancing is that the dancing is not just an arbitrary bridge, but rather a physical foundation for the characters to find themselves.