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Dance With Me

After his mother's death, Rafael (Chayanne) leaves Santiago de Cuba for a job in Houston doing maintenance at a dance studio owned by a man who doesn't know he's Rafael's father (Kris Kristofferson). There Rafael meets Ruby (Vanessa Williams), who was once competitive in international Latin ballroom dancing and assumes he has two left feet because he can't follow her studied technique. (Of course we know from an earlier sequence that there's dancing and there's dancing.) Ruby is predictably ambivalent about a relationship with Rafael, whose father is predictably ambivalent about the news that he has a son—only Rafael is blandly constant. The dance scenes are gimmicky, but they're better than the leaden dramatic ones. Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God) directed a screenplay by Daryl Matthews, who choreographed with Liz Curtis (1998).

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