#tbt: Kevin Bacon Did Not Know What He Was Getting Himself Into With Footloose
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In the March 1984 issue of Dance Magazine, we went behind the scenes of Footloose. The film follows Ren, a teenager from Chicago who finds himself in a small town where dancing is banned.
Lori Singer, Kevin Bacon and director Herbert Ross on the set of FootlooseCourtesy DM Archives
Choreographer-turned-director Herbert Ross described his latest Hollywood venture as "a kind of Off-Broadway film: It relates strongly to dancing and...it uses dance as a metaphor for personal liberty and freedom." That theme comes to the fore when Ren expresses his anger and frustration through an athletic, dramatic solo—but Kevin Bacon didn't quite know what he was getting himself into when he first auditioned for the film.
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"I knew Herb Ross was a choreographer and came from a dance background," Bacon told us, "but if you read the script all it actually says is that we go to a dance. It says nothing at all about choreography. All it says about what turns out to be my big solo number is that Ren...drives along, parks his car, gets out, and dances. Little did I know..."
A page from the December 1944 issue of Dance Magazine
Sometimes we find absolute gems in the DM Archives. And sometimes we find things that are so bizarre we couldn't have made them up if we tried. Take, for example, the opening lines of an article that appeared in the December 1944 issue of Dance Magazine:
If everyone seems a bit obsessed with tidying up right now, blame the trendy Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo. Her uber-popular book-turned-Netflix-show has so many people purging their closets that thrift stores can no longer keep up with the donations. The reason? Fans are falling in love with what Kondo calls "the life-changing magic of tidying up."