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‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ starring Gena Rowlands, Cheyenne Jackson opens

Cheyenne Jackson and Gena Rowlands star in the new film, ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.’
Cheyenne Jackson and Gena Rowlands star in the new film, ‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.’

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring two-time Oscar nominee Gena Rowlands and gay heartthrob Cheyenne Jackson, opens Friday in South Florida, where the comedy-drama is set.

From the news release:

Two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Gena Rowlands (The Notebook) stars as the crusty 75-year-old South Florida matron Lily Harrison, who unexpectedly develops a remarkable, life-changing friendship with her much younger, gay dance instructor, Michael Minetti, played by the multi-talented movie and stage star Cheyenne Jackson (Behind the Candelabra). Frustrated that his Broadway career has been reduced to teaching old ladies to dance, Michael is ornery and disrespectful when he arrives at Lily's spacious, ocean-view apartment for her first lesson. Tempers quickly flare and Lily orders him out. Michael knows he was out of line, and really needing the work, swallows his pride and asks Lily for a second chance. Surprisingly, she says yes. The film also stars Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story), 2-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Julian Sands (Leaving Las Vegas).

At first, Lily and Michael see each as stereotypes - a conservative, judgmental older woman and an immoral, untrustworthy scam artist. But as they work their way through the dances - the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance - and get to know each other, Lily and Michael discover how far from the truth their initial impressions actually were. Their trust and respect grows, and by the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion. A poignant comedy filled with music and dance that also addresses the serious issues of intolerance and ageism, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks is the story of two people experiencing one of life's greatest joys, the enduring love and friendship of another human being.

The film is unrated.

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS opens February 27th at the following South Florida theaters:The Classic Gateway Theatre (Fort Lauderdale), Cinema Paradiso-Hollywood*, Last Picture Show in Tamarac, Living Room Theaters (Boca Raton), Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth.

*There will be a skype Q&A with director Arthur Seidelman on Saturday, February 28 with the 6:45pmshow at Cinema Paradiso-Hollywood.

SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS Opens Miami March 6 at Bill Cosford Cinema.