“Dirty Danc­ing” turns 30: Film be­ing feted in Catskills

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HURLEYVILLE, N.Y.» The 30th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of “Dirty Danc­ing” is be­ing cel­e­brated near the for­mer Catskills re­sort that in­spired the film.

The Hurleyville Arts Cen­tre is hav­ing a “Dirty Danc­ing”-themed Satur­day. The events in­clud­ing a fash­ion show set to the 1987 film’s sound­track, a talk by for­mer re­sort dance in­struc­tor Jackie Horner and a screening of the movie.

Horner taught dance lessons to guests and en­ter­tain­ers at nearby Grossinger’s, now aban­doned. The fa­mous Catskills ho­tel served as the in­spi­ra­tion for Brook­lyn na­tive Eleanor Berg­stein’s screen­play about a Jewish girl nick­named Baby who spends the sum­mer of 1963 at an up­state re­sort and falls in love with dance in­struc­tor Johnny Cas­tle.

Berg­stein’s fam­ily va­ca­tioned at Grossinger’s in the 1950s, when Horner was the dance in­struc­tor. Many of Horner’s ex­pe­ri­ences wound up be­ing part of the film.

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