PBS Premiere: July 21, 2014
Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In Dance for Me, 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home and family to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark's most promising young dancers. Strikingly different, Egor and Mie bond over their passion for Latin dance — and for winning. As they head to the championships, so much is at stake: emotional bonds, career and the future. Dance for Me is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves.
Dance for Me (90 min.)
July 21, 2014
You think we're the only country that goes a little crazy for competition? Welcome to Denmark, where ballroom dance competitors import their partners.
— Robert Bianco, USA Today
Filmmaker Katrine Philp had tremendous access and captures Egor’s moodiness and Mie’s calculations. The teenagers are a duo to be reckoned with when they take the dance floor.
— Jacqueline Cutler, Zap2it
Philp brings a keen eye to this observational coming-of-age profile, perfectly balancing interpersonal drama with dance, and taking a sensitive approach.
— Basil Tsiokos, What (Not) to Doc
With sensitivity and insight Katrine Philp unravels the story in a poetic and aesthetic way.
A moving story of a young dancer that has left behind everything for his dream, and together with his partner faces great expectations, cultural challenges and a constant requirement to perform.
— Documentary Edge
The film is beautifully photographed and edited.
— Jack Lyons, Berkshire Fine Arts