Wednesday, September 16, 2009

One Last Dance

On Monday September 14, 2009, Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away. Known for his many film and television roles, Swayze was an icon in the industry. His most notable role being the 1987 film, 'Dirty Dancing.' His influence lasts to this day...

Last spring semester, I took PED 288: Rhythms and Dance. This classes was loads of fun and I had a great time. One day, a few of us got together and decided to watch 'Dirty Dancing' as we were in a dance class and figured it would be funny. Not expecting it to be very good, I went in with low expectations. And when it was over, I loved it. The dancing was such a crucial element and it looked so much fun. Patrick's knowledge of dance from when he was a child through his life is captured perfectly and you can see his devotion and enjoyment. Seeing dance as a fun recreation tool, I valued the class even more and wound up being a teacher's assistant for it this year. While very different from the 'dark horse dancing' in the movie, the content of the class is just as fun as ever. And the movie still inspires me to this day.

Patrick Swayze was an excellent man and stellar role model. He fought he disease to the end and never showed any reason or desire to give in. His legacy will continue to endure for years to come.

Click right here to view the iconic dance scene from the film.

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