Dance With Me

Synopsis: Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn't know he is Rafael's father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Randa Haines
Production: Sony Pictures
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Your attention, please.

This is your final boarding call...

for bus service to Antonio.

- Hi.

- Daddy!

It's so good to see you!

Did you have a nice trip?

I'm a little tired.

Dan, over here!

Bye, Matt!


Do you speak English?

You should hear my French.

Here we are.

I'll see you around.

I got a lesson to teach.

Ruby, thank you.

Oh, sure.

- Hey, sugar.

- Rafael's here.

Steve, I'm just gonna go change.

Hey, Rafael. Welcome to Texas.

I'm Lovejoy.

Oh, nice to meet you.

John should be here soon.

Can I get you something?

No, thank you very much.

You must be tired, so we'll do your

paperwork and everything else tomorrow.

Oh, that's me.

As you can see,

this place needs a lot ot work.

You'll have plenty to do.

Excuse me.

Excelsior Dance Studio.

Take a look around it you want to.

Hello? Oh, you silly goose.

Look up. Slow.

Who's that tall drink of water?

Maybe the new handyman?

Now, Bea, concentrate.

Step, step.

And one, two...

I'm sorry.

This place is talling apart.

How many classes

have you taken?

I just started,

but Ruby seems like a great teacher.

I just started,

but Ruby seems like a great teacher.

I know.

Don't even say it.

This ain't no meat cooler.

Turn that damn air oft.

You know what the bills are like

around here?

Libby Grant canceled.

Oh, that's Ratael.

Well, hello there.

I'm John Burnett.

Ratael Intante.

Mr. Burnett.

John's tine.

Looks like you got here in one piece.

Later on, I wanna hear

about your mother and everything.

Excuse me a second.

All right, you guys. I expect

you all to do me proud in Vegas.

One day down.

- We're never gonna be ready.

- We'll rehearse later.

Let's have some tun.

Steve, I didn't see your name

on the competition list.

I wouldn't get your hopes up too high.

I've only had four lessons.

Hell, you only compete

against your own level.

What are you scared of?

I'll have to talk to Ruby

about it.

Good. You'll be goin' then.

Stefano, put on some music.

This is supposed to be a dance studio.


- Cha-cha time.

- Let's go get you settled.

- Ready.

- Remember torward on your lett.

Two, three, cha-cha-cha.


- And turn and turn.

- Any new business today?

What do you think?

Get on that phone. Make sure everybody's

coming to my party Friday night.

I already did.

Nobody is.

- Bye.

- Ciao.


He's cute.

John, thank you tor helping me.

There wasn't much to it.

Don't mention it.

I was really sorry

to hear about your mother.

She was a beautitul woman.

So, is your tather

still in Cuba?

He's long gone.

Well, hell...

Berta's son in Texas.

Truly amazing.

Bus stops at the corner.

It'll take you right to the studio.

Thank you.

Wow, what a big house.

It was my parent's place.

- Do you have a tamily?

- You just met 'em.

Enough whinin' and carryin' on

goes on there...

to give me all I ever want

of a family.

Here's an advance

to get you to payday.

I'm gonna take the rent

out ot your salary.

We'll both make out

better that way.

We should go

and have a drink together.

I'll have to take a rain check.

I gotta get back. Come on.

Bring your suitcase.

You'll be stayin' up there.

When my folks were around,

I used to go there to be alone.

It's a great little place.

You'll find

everything you need.

Lovejoy'll fill you in

about work tomorrow.

You just enjoy your tirst night

in the U.S. Of A.

Lock's a little sticky.

John, thank you.

Glad to be ot service.

And two and three...

And two and three...

and kick.

And here.



- Michael.

- I'm sorry.

It's okay.

Let's do it again.

- Crossovers here. Cross. One.

- Two, three, four.

And one, two, three, four.


- I'm sorry. You all right?

- That's a pertect place for it.

The step or the butt?



Michael Michaels.

Telephone, honey!

Thank God.

Here you are, lover boy.

- Three times today.

- Geez.

It's going all right.

I can just pick it up

on the way home.

- I'm going out tor a smoke.

- Okay.

You smoke too much, baby doll.

How do you dance

with no music?

It's choreography.

I see.

That's cha-cha-cha?

I compete protessionally

in the Latin dances.

I've never seen a Latin dance

that looks like that.

Stick around.

How do you dance without music?

It comes from the music.

I'm sure that's why

you look so stitt.

You should play some music.

You would feel better.

I would?

And what do you know about...

protessional, international-style

Latin dancing?

I'm Latin,

but I never heard ot that.

Then I wouldn't talk

to professionals about it.

Keep your heads up.

Finalists trom the U.S.D.C.

Thought you might want to see.

Thank you.

See you next week.


I'll shut that otf.

I can handle it.

Maybe I'll steal

some ot his moves.

They broke up.

She's dancing with Gino now.

Good tor her.

Ot course,

she hasn't won anything since.

Son ot a b*tch has always been too good

for his own good.

Michael is really coming along.

Yeah, he's lookin' better every day.

Six years is a long time.

I gotta come back this year.

Right here.

I'm gonna drop these in the mailbox

and make a deposit. Order me some food.

No problem.

Let's go eat.

We could sure use some decoratin'

tor the party tonight.

There's some more stutt

in the closet.

It starts at 9:

Thanks, sugar.

Did anybody hear me?

- Comin', Ruby?

- No, I gotta run.

- Thanks. See you next Tuesday.

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Daryl Matthews

Daryl Matthews is a medical doctor and a Professor of forensic Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii. Matthews has served as a Psychiatric consultant to the US Army. Matthews has been called in to give advice about the Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba, where suspects in the global war on terror are held in extrajudicial detention. more…

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