Let’s have some ‘Dirty Dancing’ tonight

You’ve heard of sing-alongs. You can do that, but if you can already pat your head and rub your stomach and walk at the same time, do that a much more because even as the L.A. Film Festival is winding down, Dance Camera West is just starting out and they want us to get down and dirty for a “Dirty Dancing” Dance-along tonight, Friday, 22 June 2012 at Grand Performances.

This is a warm-up for the  11th annual Dance West Dance Media Film Festival, and tonight’s Grand Performance presentation of the classic uptown girl with hunky blue collar guy movie “Dirty Dancing” is in association with the Los Angeles Film Festival and Grand Performances.

The dance group Contra-Tiempo will give pre-show salsa lessons and that starts at 7:45 p.m. Let’s just say few people pick up salsa in 15 minutes, but whatever. Screening starts 8 p.m..

You can RSVP on their Facebook page.


350 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, California 90071

Of course, you want to go out dancing on the weekend or stop and see the films for the final days of the L.A. Film Festival, but next weekend is the official opening of the Dance Camera West Dance Media Festival, Thursday, 28-30 June  2012 in Los Angeles.

  • This year the festival opens at LACMA with the screening of its highly anticipated international screendance shorts program, which will include special guests, on Thursday, 28 June 2012.
  • The next day, also at LACMA, DCW pays tribute in the evening of Friday, 29 June 2012  to Soul Train with a screening of the 64-minute documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America” with special guests including Jody Watley, Damita Jo Freeman, Nieci Payne and Lula Washington, and a live Soul Train party hosted by Elvis Mitchell, as well as a longer shorts program during the day.
  • The festival closes too soon on Saturday, 30 June 2012,  with a panel discussion that explores the immediacy and impact of dance on popular culture from 3:00 – 5:00pm at the Westwood Library.  The 80-minute Wayne McGregor documentary “Going Somewhere” begins at 7:30 p.m.

All screenings and discussions are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Dance Camera West website.


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

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