Little Charlie Takes on Big Challenge – Match Patrick Swayze in ‘Dirty Dancing’

“Dirty Dancing” is a beloved 1987 romantic drama film directed by Emile Ardolino. Set in the summer of 1963, the movie follows Frances “Baby” Houseman, portrayed by Jennifer Grey, as she embarks on a life-changing vacation with her family at a Catskills resort. There, she falls in love with the resort’s charismatic dance instructor, Johnny Castle, played by Patrick Swayze.

Patrick’s preparation for the role involved intensive dance training, as he needed to embody the charisma and skill of a professional dancer. Despite already having a background in dance, Swayze committed himself to learning and perfecting the intricate dance moves required for the film.

To prepare, Patrick trained extensively with choreographer Kenny Ortega, working long hours to develop the necessary strength, agility, and technique. His dedication and discipline paid off, as Patrick seamlessly executed the demanding dance sequences, showcasing his natural talent and stage presence. His commitment to the role and the authenticity he brought to his portrayal of Johnny Castle contributed significantly to the film’s success and cemented Swayze’s status as a versatile actor and talented dancer.

And into those giant shoes steps Charlie, whose ability to keep up with Patrick as he dances with Baby in the final dance scene has earned him over three million views on YouTube. Check out Charlie has he executes a near-flawless mimicry and shows he was definitely up to the challenge. Watch the full video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!

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