September 12, 2003
if you can't dance....

Martin's ass getting jitterbuggy with it in Tune in Tomorrow - thanks Rhonda for the pic

I love watching Keanu dance. He's got such a natural rhythm and grace of movement that it's not suprising how he took to the choreographed fighting in the Matrix films (I offer the Tea House fight with Seraph as a prime example).
I was a little suprised to learn that he needed dance lessons for Sweet November, maybe he just needed a little brushing up.
The jail scene in the Replacements always makes me smile, but I think my favorite Keanu dancing is as Winston getting funky in The Night Before. Oh baby boy....

And this segues us into the next track for the K-mix:

Spice Girls - If You Can't Dance (right click and save please, don't stream)

If you can't dance, if you can't dance.
If you can't dance. if you can't dance
If you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby
If you can't dance, if you can't dance
If you can't dance. if you can't dance
If you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby

Now we got the flavour, the bad behaviour,
the rhythm the melody, the juice for you to savour,
rockin' and vibing somebody is jivin',
You need to take a tip, sort it out,
Get a grip whenever I go out wherever it may be,
There never is a Keanu but a dweeb lookin'at me
but even if I did score he's a loser on the dance floor,
Take a deep breath count 1 2 3.

Even when his eyes met mine
his slamming shoes were out of time,
Can't you just feel the groove
why don't you move,
it's easy can't you see,
take my hand and dance with me

If you can't dance, if you can't dance.
If you can't dance. if you can't dance
If you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby
If you can't dance, if you can't dance.
If you can't dance. if you can't dance
If you can't dance to this you can't do nothing for me baby.

Hey macho
Te vi el otro dia
Me dio mucha, mucha alegria
Eschucha la musica
Ay, madre mia
Hey chico, tu no tienes nada
Que susto, que sueco, que polla, que tieso
Oh, no me toques
Ay, que me lo follo
Venga, venga, marcha salida
Toma esta musica, me encanta deprisa
Cuidado, cuidado, que chico, que loca,
Toma mi ritmo
Me voy contigo
Hey macho te quiero
Quiero un hombre, necesito, si pero no tu nombre
Hey macho, Hey macho
Si no bailas esto no puedes nada conmigo.

(repeat chorus)

k-mix , spoony | from inside the mind of krix at September 12, 2003 10:29 AM .

I wonder how that notation in some of his bios which states that he "loves ballroom dancing" came to be - a joke on his part? An early padding of his resume? Otherwise why would he need the coach for SN. I believe someone (Nettie?) was told (by John Gaeta?)in Cannes that "Keanu doesn't dance." I would imagine he does dance off-screen, when the opportunity presents itself (not just horizontally) but in a romantic, private situation. You know, in the shower. ;)

PS: If the Cannes story is inaccurate, I apologize.

Posted by: Chianti on September 12, 2003 10:46 AM

Yeah, in a romantic, private situation with my dreams.

Sorry but I am not getting today's it from a film? It's sorta blurry on my screen... I haven't seen Sweet November yet, is that what it's from?

Bad Keanu fan. Bad, bad, bad.

Posted by: bakednudel on September 12, 2003 11:11 AM


Keanu said in a bunch of interviews (especially around the 'Speed' era time and before) that he was taking ballroom dancing lessons. It might have been for a movie role (did Dracula have dancing scenes or was that just so the actors got to know each other better? I remember reading that Francis F. Coppola had the actors do a series of improvs and things of like ilk (hot air ballooning, horseback riding etc...) to get better acquainted). Or maybe it was to have more grace as an actor? I guess only Keanu knows. He hasn't mentioned dancing in awhile (as one of his favorite things to do), but I know in earlier interviews that he did. Just full of useless info. aren't I? :O) LOL I think the boy has some rhythm and can get down when the occasion calls for it. ;O)

Posted by: Natasha on September 12, 2003 11:14 AM

bakednudel, It's a screen capture from the movie
Tune in Tomorrow.

I wanted to see if I could find a few pics with both dancing and ass for today, but was too tired by the time I got home last night.

Posted by: krix on September 12, 2003 11:16 AM

which film does that pic come from? i've never seen him dance.

Posted by: Dinah on September 12, 2003 11:18 AM

Thanks, Natasha. The Speed era was before my time of enchantment, so I really didn't see any interviews with him from then. That makes it even more weird that he would have to have lessons for the little bit of dancing in SN.

Posted by: Chianti on September 12, 2003 11:31 AM

WINSTON!!!!!! Weehee, I LOVE the move when he drags her on the dancefloor :-D Hahaha, that's not excactly graceful :-)
And OH! The dance-scene in Tune in tomorrow is a hoot, too! - and called 'Aunt *Julia* & the scriptwriter' in Europe which is even better. I actually always find his dance-scenes funny instead of graceful, but maybe that's just me -
Ok, you can all smack me now :-)

Posted by: Julie on September 12, 2003 11:50 AM

Thanks, krix, for giving us the Dancing Ass today!
BTW, Winston getting funky is on a par with Nelson singing... makes me wanna reach for a glass of wine to drown my laughter in drink...

Posted by: Niobe on September 12, 2003 01:04 PM

Same here Julie. Funny. But he's always graceful, just not in the he's-a-good-dancer sort of way. Although he did dance very well in The Night Before. My favourite dance moment.

Posted by: Zen on September 12, 2003 01:05 PM

Yeah, I probably shouldn't have used the word "grace". But he's got amazing physical control and awareness, whether it's dancing or fighting or a kind of physical comedy.

I hope he gets to exploit his knack for that in one of the upcoming films, maybe Thumbsucker.

Posted by: krix on September 12, 2003 03:34 PM

I think grace is the right word - the Wachowskis used grace to describe his movements on the roof with bullet time. It didn't look right with his stand in (Chad? Darko? don't know) but when Keanu did the backward movement it was graceful and it worked.

Posted by: Chianti on September 12, 2003 06:33 PM

Yes, grace...he does this kungfu thing with his hands in The Matrix that just turns me into a puddle. Guys that have graceful hands without being swish (not that there's anything wrong with that) just...argh...speechless.

I'm sure that if he wanted to dance he could pick it up easily. The man is graceful. Of course I love to watch his jock-ish running too...argh.

Posted by: bakednudel on September 12, 2003 06:46 PM

I LOVE the running too. I'm guessing "swish" means effeminate ?

Posted by: Zen on September 13, 2003 04:47 AM

Yeah, sorry I wasn't tactful. What I was trying to say is straight men who have graceful hands just do something weird and wonderful to me. I like a combination of masculine strength and grace. Does that make sense?

Posted by: bakednudel on September 13, 2003 10:44 AM

Horizontal dancing....

ummmmm I'll have to try that some time...;)

I think Keanu is an excellent dancer too! I just wish he did it more in his movies.

Bring back the days of Fred'n'Ginger.

Posted by: Jen on September 13, 2003 05:01 PM

I got you bakednudel. I just wasn't familiar with the expression "swish". Is it British?

Posted by: Zen on September 13, 2003 08:19 PM

Zen--maybe. I worked in London for 9 years (in the 70s), but I'm American.

Posted by: bakednudel on September 13, 2003 08:28 PM

“Dance, dance, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, you see!
I live in you, and you live in me
And I lead you all in the Dance, said he!

...from Hellblazer story, “Dire Fates”. Lord of the Dance'S pub is in London. Known for its happy, contagious mood of contentment and joviality by both the inspired past genius of this world (such as Shakespeake, DaVinci, Einstein) as well as the other-worldly characters that John Constantine typically encounters.

I’m gonna dub Kanu my Lord of the Dance...for the grace and charm (SN and TiT), rhythm (Watcher and Hardball, and pure get-down fun (Go Winston!) he brings to the dance floor.

Posted by: phoenix IX on September 14, 2003 03:54 PM

BTW, cool spice girl lyrics!

Posted by: phoenix IX on September 14, 2003 03:59 PM
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