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ALIVE AND KICKING

ALIVE AND KICKING

SUSAN GLATZER · USA · 2016 · 88 mins · NOT RATED
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Susan Glatzer’s film follows competitive swing dancers and sprinkles in some joyful history along the way. “Swing dancing is the pursuit of happiness,” says a sweetly earnest dancer early on in this irresistible documentary. As you watch beaming duos twist themselves into happy pretzels of movement, it’s impossible to watch this film without a tapping toe and a smile.

Everything about the movie has a labor-of-love feel to it. Though it adheres to documentary convention by picking out a few competitive swing dancers and following them throughout the film, “Alive and Kicking” keeps dancing off into other areas, and we just hold its hand and follow.

Dancers speak of how swing dancing saved them from depression, helped them recover from illness and injury, brought them a human connection in an increasingly digital world.

And oh, how they dance, in movements that look impossible — electric-quick whirling, skirts and bodies flying through the air, hips twisting, eyes meeting in a shared joy. It’s no wonder swing dancers tend to go on forever; if you could do this, why would you ever stop?  --Seattle Times

PRESENTS SWING DANCE AS A VIBRANT, LIVING ART FORM! The Village Voice
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