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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...

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