Dirty Dancing has come to Singapore! I can still remember the first time I watched it on television when I was in secondary school. From the first electrifying dance number, I was hooked. It was my first exposure to the many beautiful expressions the human body is capable of, and I was awed. I felt the same way yesterday during the gala premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage.
For those of you still unaware, Dirty Dancing revolves round one unforgettable summer at Kellerman Resort on Catskill Mountain. Baby Houseman, a bright-eyed and idealistic 17-year-old who dreams of joining the Peace Corps, is there on holiday with her family. What seemed like a regular family vacation transforms into Baby having the time of her life, as she stumbles (quite literally) into the heady, sexy and occasionally gritty world of the working-class staff of Kellerman’s.
Through a series of events, she forms a friendship with the ridiculously sexy Johnny Castle, leader of the entertainment crew. With a few come-hither gazes and well-timed swivels of those magical hips, Johnny soon has Baby eating out of his hands. But it’s only when he sees her fearless side that he loses his bravado and starts falling for her too.
To me, Dirty Dancing will always be the ultimate coming-of-age tale. It traces Baby’s path of naive idealism to something that resembles more of resolute determination. Simply put, Baby leaves girlhood behind and steps into the self-assuredness of womanhood.
And of course, what could be more evocative of a blossoming woman than her first experience with romantic love?
The scenes between Baby and Johnny will have you fondly reminiscing about your first love – the sweet moments, the poignant moments and oh, most of all, the sultry moments. Whenever Baby and Johnny dance, you can almost feel the heat emitting from the stage. Every single dance move was executed flawlessly, but as Johnny says, “It’s not just about the steps. You have to really feel the music.” And boy, did I feel it. Each of the dance numbers dripped with sex – the heart-pounding thrill of foreplay that leaves you with hungry eyes, flushed and eager for more.
When the musical reached its climax – Baby running into Johnny’s arms and being lifted high into the air – it’s clear the audience felt the same way as I did, with their loud whoops and cheers. I rode out of the theatre on waves of pleasure, and was still feeling high as a kite when I got home. I may or may not have been gyrating to Time of Your Life when I got home (this cannot be confirmed.)
Dirty Dancing – The Classing Story on Stage is currently playing till 16 June at MasterCard Theatres – Grand Theatre. Get your tickets at Sistic now.
Note: The author was invited to the gala premiere of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage by Base Entertainment. All opinions are the author’s own.
About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.
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