6 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Dirty Dancing

We celebrated the nation's birthday yesterday, and DS is about to turn 15 (more on that in our September issue), but there's another big birthday happening this year: Dirty Dancing was released 25 years ago this summer!

To honor everyone's favorite '80s-tastic dance film about the '60s, I've compiled a bunch of fun Dirty Dancing facts. Did you know that...

...Val Kilmer was initially offered the role of Johnny, and Sarah Jessica Parker auditioned for the role of Baby?

...many members of the cast have serious dance and theater cred? Kelly Bishop (Marjorie Houseman) originated the role of Sheila in A Chorus Line; Jerry Orbach (Dr. Jake Houseman) started out in Broadway musicals; Jennifer Grey (Frances "Baby" Houseman) is the daughter of Tony- and Oscar-winner Joel Grey; and Patrick Swayze (Johnny Castle) studied at the Joffrey Ballet School and was a replacement Danny Zuko in Grease on Broadway.

...Swayze co-wrote and performed the song "She's Like The Wind"?

...choreographer extraordinaire Doriana Sanchez danced in the film? (Look for her "Letter to My Teenage Self" in our September issue!)

...Swayze really didn't like the line "Nobody puts Baby in the corner"? The director, Emile Ardolino, had to sweet-talk him into saying it.

...rehearsals for the movie always devolved into giant dance parties involving almost every cast member, non-dancers included?

And because it's just necessary, I'll leave you with Johnny and Baby having the "time of their lives." Happy 25th, Dirty Dancing!

Latest Posts


Photo by Brooke Fera

Enter the World of the Knicks City Dancers with 2 of Their Newest Rookies

Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer


Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search