A Brief Guide to Reliving Dirty Dancing While at Work

xoJane does a good job of outlining why Dirty Dancing is a subversive masterpiece. The classic film tackles abortion, class politics, and sexual agency. It's also THE dance movie, a boy-meets-girl tale rife with montages and steamy scenes of rhythmic coordination. Of course, it's hard to honor the film's 27-year anniversary by watching it at work (unless you enjoy listening to it as an audiobook), so we've come up with tidbits that will conjure up the movie sans completely distracting you from Friday's tasks. Let's spice up this afternoon.


First get the actors in your head. Young, muscled Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances "Baby" Houseman.

Now turn this song on: (I've Had) The Time of My Life

Remember the lake scene (during which apparently the actors' lips turned blue).

After that swim, feel the heat.

And remember the final scene (also on YouTube if the still isn't enough).

To keep the dance theme going, watch Misty Copeland's ballet story and her soul-lifting spot for Under Armour.   

And get active with Ana 'Rokafella' Garcia, a pioneering breakdancer.  See her story here.