Body Beat (1988)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Dance Film, Musical Drama  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - Italy, United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Remember all those 1940s collegiate musicals, where the finale came down to "Swing vs. the Classics"? Replace "Swing" with "Modern Jazz and Rock", and you've got Body Beat. A tradition-bound ballet academy is invaded by a bunch of free-form dancers. Rather than form a united front against these interlopers, the teachers begin taking sides! Outside of this little twist, nothing much new here. Originally titled Dance Academy, this Italian/American film features Julie Newmar in an extended cameo appearance.



stranger, ballet-dance, competition, dance [art], finances, friendship, jazz, love, music, rival, romance, student, teacher