Rafael Infante (Chayanne), a Cuban native who never met his real father, immigrates to America. Taking up residence in Houston, he begins searching for his illegitimate father and takes up employment as a superintendent at the world renowned Excelsior Dance Studio run by John Burnett (Kris Kristofferson). While working as a lowly handyman, Rafael meets Ruby (Vanessa Williams), a striking dancer. Together they enter into the Las Vegas World Open Dance competition and embark in a heated romance.
DANCE WITH ME is a warm heartfelt film. It exhibits Randa Haines' knack for suspenseful, romantic storytelling (she worked as a director on HILL STREET BLUES in the early 1980s). Kris Kristofferson departs from his standard role of grit-iron tough guy to play the effeminate dance instructor. Chayanne is striking and dapper. He demonstrates that dancing is both a sexy art form and a mode of expression for confident and empowered men.
Kris Kristofferson - Singer/Composer/Actor
Kris Karson - Singer/Composer/Actor
Beth Grant - Star, HARD SCRAMBLED (2006)
Fred Murphy - American Director Of Photography
Joan Plowright - British Actress, ENCHANTED APRIL
Vanessa Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Vanessa L. Williams - American Singer/Miss America/Actress, ERASER (1996)
Randa Haines - Director
Chayanne - Actor/"Dance With Me"
Joe I. Tompkins - Costume Designer, SPECIES (1995)
Joe Tompkins - Costume Designer, SPECIES (1995)
Jane Krakowski - Actress/"Stepping Out"
Waldemar Kalinowski - Production Designer
"...Exhilarating..." - 05/??/1999 Sight and Sound, p.44
"...The sight of these two cavorting to effervescent tropical tunes is [worth the price]..." - 01/22/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.110
"...Colorful and kinetically edited musical numbers..." - 08/21/1998 USA Today, p.3E
"...It's a heartwarming tale, and the music's infectious beat gets audiences dancing in their seats..." - 10/01/1998 Box Office, p.54