30 Years And Counting, The "Dirty Dancing" Movie Has Made Its Way Into Pop Culture

Date December 20, 2017

Patrick Swayze alongside Jennifer Grey will be long remembered for their roles in the movie "Dirty Dancing." Unforgettable performances that has endeared the hearts of 3 decades of fans since the romantic dance drama hit the theatres in 1987.

© Dirty Dancing (1987) / Great American Films Limited Partnership

The dance routine that highlighted the final scene not only progressed into an all-inclusive invitation to the dance floor, but has also influenced movie/entertainment culture ever since.

"Time of My Life," which was composed by Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz, was used as the theme song for the film.

Dirty Dancing Original

The original routine begins with Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in dark-colored getup and Frances "Baby" Houseman (Jennifer Grey) in pink dress, in each other’s arms.

As the music begins, the two dancers swirl and twirl, moving fluidly to the enchanting lyrics of the song.

At some point, Johnny jumps offstage and is joined by a group of dancers who eventually make their way towards the stage, ushering Baby down the stage for the high point of the movie.

Baby begins to run towards Patrick, building momentum as she runs into the arms of Patrick as he then raises her mid-air for what has since been christened the “Lift.”

© Dirty Dancing (1987) / Great American Films Limited Partnership

Sweet Boy vs. Patrick

A viral YouTube video shows an enthralled young boy repeating as best as he can and quite impressively as well, the dance choreography of the final scene of "Dirty Dancing."

Evidently, a strong fan of the movie, the entranced boy was only bettered by the character of Patrick Swayze because he clearly had no Baby for the signature “Lift” dance move. It was refreshing all the same.

Star Troopers Version

Britain’s Got Talent favorite galactic dance group, Boogie Storm, always stun the audience with their out-of-the-box dance routines. They further win even the heart of Simon, as the group recreates portions of the classic choreography routine from the original motion picture.

They built the tempo until a fevered crescendo when two members of the group, playing the Patrick and Baby characters, perform the iconic "Lift" dance move.

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