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The Dance, by director McKay Daines
December 13, 2018
Film Review
The Dance, by director McKay Daines
Reviewer David A. Allred

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The Dance is the first film released from Flynn-Daines Productions, a new player in the Mormon cinema movement. Written and directed by McKay Daines, the film was produced by Michael Flynn, who also produced the well-received The Best Two Years (2003). Like the recent film Charly (2002), The Dance is a reworking of 1980s Mormon literature: it is adapted from Carol Lynn Pearson's 1981 novel Overheard at the Dance.

Set at a stake dance near the campus of Harvard University, The Dance follows three couples over the course of a single night and shows the development of their romantic relationships. As a Mormon romantic comedy, the film revolves around the concept of eternal marriage and what it means for people at various points in their lives. The recently returned missionary Cameron (K. C. Clyde) has asked out Zoe (Kari Hawker), his older brother's ex-girlfriend who is not a member of the Church. Howard (Scott Christopher), a wise-cracking day trader in his midthirties, invites Alyson (Monique Lanier), a recently divorced mother of two, on her first post-divorce date. Finally, Shakespeare professor and dance organizer Charles (Michael Flynn) chaperones the dance with his wife Laura (Joyce Cohen), and they spend the night confronting a nagging and persistent sense of distance in their relationship.