DIRTY DANCING COMES TO LIFE!
Are you ready to have the time of your life? Fans of the iconic flick Dirty Dancing can be transported to the Catskills in 1963 at Australia’s first immersive cinema! Not only will you be able to watch the ʼ80s cult classic on the big screen, but you’ll feel like you’re stepping right into the film.
“It’s something that no-one’s experienced in Australia before,” says Dancing With The Stars’ Jarryd Byrne, 32, who is choreographing the event – which will see The Domain in Sydney and Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne transformed into the world of Dirty Dancing for six very special nights. “It’s immersive – people get to feel a part of it and participate in whichever way they choose. Everything will look, feel and sound like the movie,” he says. “You’ll see Johnny, you’ll see Baby, you’ll see The Schumachers – who might be stealing stuff out of people’s bags – and you can take a cha-cha class with Penny in the gazebo.”
In fact, Jarryd tells NW “if you’re lucky enough” you might even be able to experience that famous scene in the flesh! “They’re rebuilding Kellerman’s Mountain Resort on a life-size scale [with Emmy Award-winning set designer Rolland Pike at the helm] and you might be in there when Johnny and Penny come in and perform their famous number as well,” he tells NW. “That scene is what everyone can’t wait for.”
But attendees won’t just be watching all the action – you’d better bring your dancing shoes! “The energy is going to be crazy. All those famous tracks are going to be playing and we’re going to be dancing up a storm,” says Jarryd.
And punters – who’ll be able to sip on themed cocktails and nosh on the American menu – won’t be missing steps while posing for selfies. “When you arrive your phones are bagged and tagged at the front, so you actually get to step back into the 1960s without the technology and the distractions,” says Jarryd.
It all sounds like so much fun – and the celeb dancer has already dreamed up the next immersive movie experience. “I think Grease would be incredible,” he says. Tell us about it, stud! We’re brushing off our leather pants as we speak... Dirty Dancing: The Immersive Cinema Experience plays March 15-17 in Sydney and March 22-24 in Melbourne. Tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com.au
If you go along, maybe you’ll meet Baby in the corner...