Alive and Kicking film
Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one’s circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE AND KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.
Alive and Kicking movie Cast
John Paul Helveston
Alive and Kicking review
Now THIS was just a whole lot of fun. So much, in fact, that I have already watched this film three times in less than 24 hours!!!
Alive and Kicking movie is the story about the Lindy Hop, Big Band music, and just having fun! If you do not know what the Lindy Hop is, I suggest you check it up. What started in the lat 20s in Harlem, New York City. It was prominent through the 40s, and then it suddenly died. Different reasons are explained for its then demise. I sure am glad people are trying to “kick” it back!
This story follows several story lines of both individual and couple dancers. They LIVE to dance. They dance because of the feeling it gives them. Having grown up around “Big Band” music, I can understand why they wanted to dance. You just can’t listen to this music without it having a huge AFFECT on your mind, body, and even your soul.
The dancing is nothing short of phenomenal. I could watch people dance like this for days on end and never be bored. The movie takes you through many competitions, and it is the Lindy Hop international competition where the dancing completely blew me away. Where today’s kids think if you stand on dance floor and grind yourself against one another you are dancing, this film demonstrates the pure joy it is to connect with someone on the dance area.
Very lovely and very refreshing, “Alive and Kicking” gets 10 HUGE kicks from me. Unrated, but contains a little salty language and brief nudity, this is for the dancer in ALL our souls!