ABC’s “Step into the Movies”: a leap into the past


Photo by Jake Hoffman

The Maryland basketball team plays earlier this year at the Baha Mar Hoops tournament.

Audiences didn’t know what to expect when the trailer for ABC’s “Step into the Movies” was launched. The ABC special dances down memory lane, looking back on iconic performances in cinematic history.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further if you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want it to be spoiled.

The special was set to premiere on ABC on Mar. 20, and stream on Hulu the next day. It was hosted by Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, world-renowned professional dancers who have appeared in shows like “Dancing with the Stars.” In addition, they added a behind the scenes portion on how each performance was put together.

“Step into the Movies” pays homage to the most iconic moments of dance on film. In addition to revisiting these dances, the Houghs included their own modern twist on all the numbers while still keeping their originality. There were performances from “La La Land” all the way down to “Dirty Dancing.”

The cast list was extensive and full of stars – all dancers, singers, actors with performance backgrounds such asJohn Stamos and Jenna Dewan, and Charli D’Amelio and Tate McRae. This special also had a wide variety of demographics, and people of all ages can find something to enjoy about this work of nostalgia.

The first major performance of the special was a rendition of John Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever.” This was performed by Hough and Dewan, who used to work together on the dance competition show, “World of Dance.” They also got a famous choreographer, Tovaris Wilson, to create it, along with a multitude of extras to join in.

Toward the middle of the special, the Houghs reimagined and performed the song and dance “Roxanne” from “Moulin Rouge”. Hough was able to dance with girlfriend Hayley Erbert and two other female extras. He also was able to talk to the creator of “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann, and get “Glee”’s Amber Riley to do the vocals. Hough and Riley met when she was his celebrity partner on “Dancing with the Stars”.

Toward the end of the special, the Houghs paid tribute to some of the iconic duos in cinema. The Houghs recreated Elvis and Ann Margret with Stamos, as well as Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse with McRae. The Houghs even recreated the iconic pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to top it all off.

They ended with a rendition of “Dirty Dancing,” lift and all. This was performed by the Houghs, D’Amelio and a bunch of incredible extras to give it a nostalgic touch. The Houghs even got choreographer Kenny Ortega to come watch rehearsal, spread his wisdom and attend the live taping in the audience.

The special has received great reviews and viewers enjoyed stepping back into the past world of dance. Anyone who watches it is bound to feel a great sense of nostalgia and joy. Fans can’t wait to see what the Houghs have left in store. Let’s hope it’s another dancing TV special.