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DANCE FLICK

About The Production
The idea for "Dance Flick” came from a combination of suggestions from the younger Damien Dante and Craig Wayans and their uncle, Shawn, the latter often credited with starting new Wayans concepts. "Shawn is like a start-up engine,” says his brother Marlon. "When it comes to coming up with ideas, he's like an idiot savant. Mostly idiot,” he laughs teasingly.

Ideas for Wayans projects come from the strangest places and at the strangest times, Marlon says. "Shawn will call me up at some weird hour in the morning with an idea, and I'll just go, ‘Oh, that's funny,' and then we'll start building from there.”

So why a send-up of dance movies? "We had just come off a stream of really good dance movies, like ‘You Got Served,' ‘Step Up' and "Stomp the Yard,'” says producer Rick Alvarez, a longtime partner of the Wayans brothers. "But they were all starting to tell the same stories. They were all doing the same kinds of dances and everything started to feel the same. We just knew it was time.”

"Dance movies are incredible,” says comic actor Affion Crockett, who plays A-Con, an aspiring convict, in the film. "But the acting is usually atrocious, and there's no story line. It's like you find a couple of kids that are down and out and have no direction, and all of a sudden dancing saves their lives.”

It was not only the preponderance of dance movies in movie theaters, but also on TV shows like "Dancing with the Stars” and "So You Think You Can Dance” that inspired the Wayans to action. "‘Dancing with the Stars' has all these B movie stars and singers,” notes Damon Jr. "I mean, Heather Mills – everybody wanted that leg to fly off. I was watching, just hoping, ‘Come on, just once, just let it slide on the floor and turn it into a dance move.'” He adds, simply, "There's been so much dance involved in our culture lately that somebody needed to make fun of it.”

Send-ups are, it seems, a way of life for the Wayans. "They notice trends and things that have passed their prime, that are at a place where they have almost become parodies of themselves,” says Alvarez. Damon agrees. "They just see a trend and then act accordingly – ‘Somebody should make fun of that.'”

Adds Crockett, "The Wayans have a way of taking movies that you would have seen in the theater, ones where you might have watched a scene and said to yourself, ‘Wow, that was corny – but what if this would have happened? That would have made it funnier.' They have a way of tapping into that and translating it to the screen and bringing the jokes forward.”

Once a project is underway, team Wayans gets to work, starting with selecting the movies to send-up, classics like "Flashdance” and "Fame,” as well as most of the recent crop, including "Save the Last Dance” and "High School Musical.”

"We look for the best story that will fit the genre,” explains Craig. "A lot of other parodies, they just take whatever the biggest movies were, period, and throw them in and say it's genre when it's not. We pretty much just load up on the genre and go for it and have fun.”

As one might expect, a gathering of Wayans all watching movies and looking for moments to take-off on isn't an event anyone would want to miss. "It's like going to a movie with a bunch of teenagers,” describes Craig, "and a bunch of Monster energy drinks and candy, and you hear people talking in the background and making fun of what's on the screen.”

The environment is a far cry from the standard writer's room. "I've seen other writer's rooms and they're boring,” he adds. "With us, it really doesn't seem like work. I'm with my family, my best friends, and all we do is laugh, crack jokes and put it on paper.”

The crew gathered at Keenen's or Shawn's house, or wherever was convenient, to review potential parodies. "If somebody had a sta

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