Five Dances

Synopsis: FIVE DANCES is a creatively adventurous narrative feature film set in the New York 'downtown' modern dance world. The story follows the rocky emotional journey of an 18-year old dancer with talent to burn, who must choose between his responsibility to his broken family in the Midwest, and forging a life and career for himself.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Director(s): Alan Brown
Production: Paladin
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

That's the first performance

I saw when I came to New York.

It is, two years ago,

in the fall festival.

Oh my god, I remember your solo.

You were amazing.


- Is it only the three of us?

- I think there's supposed to

be another dancer.

- Hi!

- Hi.

- I'm Katie.

- I'm Tho.


And you are?


We're on the opening night

of the festival.

Which is a big deal.

It's about ten minutes.

It'll... it's going to be the first

piece of the program.

You'll all be dancing it.

I'm going to be dancing in it too.

Umm, first off, I'm going to need

you all here everyday,

Fill the spaces later as we need,

so we'll be working some evenings,

but we'll figure out the schedule

as we go along.

Any questions?

Right, let's get started.

Did you hear me?

I said I have to move out

at the end of the month.

What am I gonna do?

Can't you just go stay with Grampa?

No, I can't!

You have to come home.

You have to come home

and help me, Chip.

- I can't, I have a job here.

-I have nowhere to go.

No, I know.

-I'm losing my house, baby,

all our things...

I know.

- I don't know what to do.

You have to come back here.

- I can't.

I'll just throw all your things

on the street if you don't come home.

I can't.

- They'll all go in the garbage.

I'm serious, Chip.

- I know.

Into the trash.

- Fine.

I have to go.

- Bye.

...the seconds...

the hand solo now...

Foots are here...

Then it gets to there and this

corner the hand just trails out...

Let's try and synch this off.

Let's do two armswings...

one, two...

And can I have Theo for a second?

- Could you just come into the space?

- Yes, boss.

- Can you just... pass,

just pass on... arm thing.

You've got a nice figure,

range of motion here.

Yeah... I got it.

And I used to take a plate,

I put the ragout sauce on it.

I would microwave it...

- Omg, you made it?

-My husband. No big deals.

- Good Morning.

- Hi.

Chip, do you want some frittata?

It's really good!

What's a frittata?

It's like an omelette.

- Is there meat in it?

- Eggs and dairy.


- Tastes good. Thanks.

- How old are you?

- 18.

Do you have parents?

Of course.

Where do they live?

My mother lives in Kansas and

my father's in Indiana.

When did you come to New York?

In the summer,

for the Joffrey programme.

- They gave me a scholarship.

- And that's where Anthony saw you dance?

Your parents must be so proud of you.

I should get dressed.

So it's not so much about stepping

forward for an arabesque...

as much as it's about...

You know, so that's the head is

headed somewhere.

For our dance history lectures,

someone likes Merce Cunningham or

Eric Hawkins who had that idea that...

If you actually just go over to the corner...

And just face, face the back door.


Thank you.

So, it's just that, going,

rather than "Chip!" "-Yes?".

You know, so you just have, here, here,

and in yeh, so it's not, er...

- Ok, breathe in.

Nice and deep, and out.

Is it, um, beach?

Is it all icecaps?

It's like, it's like South Pole, right?

Not that far under!

It's like the ocean down there.

Are you hungry?



What's your middle name?


Chip Daniel.

It's time to go home, Chip Daniel.

Get some rest, yeh?

Goodnight, Chip.



- Tea.

- Thanks.

Careful, it's hot.

It's herbal tea. It's good for you.

I like coffee.

I used to like coffee too.

Not anymore?

My ex-boyfriend was a barista.

You spent the night here?

Just last night?

Are you going to tell Anthony?

You should put this away.

Everyone's gonna be here soon.

I'm not shy.

Did you go to military school?

Just for two years.

How come?

My mom sent me to live with my dad,

but he didn't want me.

I bet you haven't had breakfast.

I have a yogurt and an apple.


I have this man in my mouth.

- What?

Thank you Katie,

that you been so nice to me.

You are very nice person.

I like something to eat,

if you don't mind.

That's so weird!

How do you do that?

- Do what?

- Ok, stop it.

Please! Get me outta here! Please!

He's gonna swallow me! Help!

Too late.

- Chip.

- Yeh?

- Theo.

- Yes, boss?

Let's see the recital, the solo.

Chip? You try it now.

Nobody wants to join

for a movie?

No thanks.


- Another night. I'm going home

and have a bath.

Walk me to the subway,

on Broadway?


- Have fun!

- Goodnight.

- Enjoy your bath.

- I will.

You don't have to stay.

How many nights have you been

sleeping here?

Since last week.

- I got kicked out of my apartment.

- What happened?

It wasn't really my apartment.

It was this guy's...

I didn't know where else to stay.

I have a sofa, it's pretty comfortable.

Just for a few nights, only 'til

you can figure something else out.

My boyfriend and I broke up

a few months ago.

Seven years.

It's longer than my parents

were together.

- Do you have a cat?

- No.

- I'm allergic.

- I don't have a cat.

I can make you dinner.

You can cook?

I can make spaghetti.

Some other night, ok?

You ready?


Talk normally.

- Sorry.

And don't forget your sleeping bag.

I don't want to have to wash extra sheets.

I don't want the others to know.

It's just for a few nights.

I don't have a lot of room.

I don't take up a lot of room.


What do you want?

Do you know what time it is here?

You just stop calling me all the time.

I can't talk to you when you're

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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