When DIRTY DANCING came out in 1987, it changed my life.
As I breathlessly watched Baby and Johnny stun the country club set to the soaring notes of "Time of Your Life," I realized that dance had the power to change things! Dance could overcome social and racial barriers; it could break down prejudice; it could even transform a really annoying person like Baby into someone awesome! Thanks to DIRTY DANCING, I came to understand the power of dance, and consequently discovered my favorite genre of film: the dance movie.
Baby and Johnny paved the way for future silver screen amalgamations of love on the dance floor; in other words, without DIRTY DANCING, there would be no STEP UP 2: THE STREETS (a horrifying thought, I know). With such a monumental legacy, DIRTY DANCING deserves our utmost respect, as well as a high amount of romantic mega-sighs. Obviously, there's no better place to celebrate it than Girlie Night, where chair dancing is encouraged and absolutely no one will be put in the corner.