Shall We Dance

Synopsis: John Clark is a middle aged Chicago estate lawyer. He loves his family, which includes his wife Beverly, but their combined busy schedules and getting caught in a rut after two decades of marriage has left him feeling unfulfilled. While taking the el train home every night, he notices the same young, beautiful contemplative woman staring out of one of the windows of Miss Mitzi's Dance Studio, which specializes in ballroom. He is intrigued enough with her beauty and sadness to go in one evening on his way home. He learns that she is Paulina, one of the instructors and a former world class ballroom dancer. Because of her, he signs up for beginner group dance lessons, regardless of them being taught by Miss Mitzi herself, and not Paulina. As time progresses, John gets caught up in the lives of those at Miss Mitzi's: his two fellow classmates - overweight Vern who wants to learn to dance for his upcoming wedding, and Chic, who wants to impress the ladies - and two of the studio's competiti
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Peter Chelsom
Production: Miramax Films
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Excuse me.

May I help you?

The sign said

"Feel free to watch."

Are you here for lessons?


- Mr...?

- Clark.

Are you registering

as a couple or as a single?

Single. I mean, not that I'm...

Single. Yeah, just me.

Single privates are $45 an hour. If you buy

six at a time, the price per class drops $5.

- Have you ever danced before?

- No. No. But I'm a fast learner.

We're starting a new intro

ballroom series for singles.

I recommend that beginners start with that.

There's still room in the class.

It meets every Wednesday

at 7:
30, for eight weeks.

All right.

Right, Wednesdays, 7:30. Great.

Great. Well...

- I'll come back then. Thank you.

- Mr. Clark?

Where are you going?

The class starts tonight.


Oh, right, yeah.

Wednesday, 7:

You can wait over there.

We'll begin shortly.


Hey. I'm Vern.


- You beginning ballroom?

- Yeah, looks that way. Yeah.

- Chic. Hey.

- Hey.

So, you dance much?

High-school prom.

"Stairway to Heaven."

- You?

- Not even a prom. I didn't go.

Anybody see any girls?

I mean, I'm here for the babes, right.

I mean, it can't be just us, can it?

Guys dancin' with guys ain't my kinda

thing, you know? No offense, sir.

None taken.


See the slinky one with the eyebrows?

That's me - if you don't mind.

I know you won't mind.

- Be my guest.

- All right.

Work the goods.

Oh, yeah. Here they come.

Come to Papa.

Here they...


Memories of high school, huh, boys?

Good evening, gentlemen, and

welcome to the beginner's ballroom class.

My name is Miss Mitzi. I am the owner

of this dancing establishment,

and I am going to be your teacher.

Disappointed that I'm older?

Yes. I mean, no. I mean...

Hey, you look... experienced.

Forward, side, closed...

Back, side, close.

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Audrey Wells

Audrey Wells (born April 29, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer.Wells was born in San Francisco, California, and worked as a disc jockey at San Francisco jazz radio station KJAZ FM. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and UCLA. She has written a number of successful screenplays and has directed three for which she had created the script. Among her notable works is The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), both of which she also produced. Her works to date have been primarily comedies and/or romance films. Her 1999 film Guinevere was entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.Wells co-wrote the script for the comedy The Game Plan. more…

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