Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dirty Dancing (1987)





NOBODY puts Baby in the corner.  And who'd want to?  Bright-eyed and Peace Corps-bound, she could move to the beat AND carry a watermelon with ease.  If she was out of Patrick Swayze's league, she was definitely out of mine.  

It's the summer of 1963, even though the hair, wardrobe and music departments missed the production meeting, and Baby Houseman and her family head to Kellerman's Mountain Resort for a summer of horseshoes, croquet and Thursday night bingo.  Baby's summer really heats up when she catches the staff kids doing tasteless and vulgar dance moves that Miss McGee warned her Rydell students about in Grease (1978).  Enter Johnny Castle, the coolest cat this side of the Ho Chi Minh trail.  He shows Baby the time of her life ;-) dry humping her six ways to Sunday in this timeless cumming-of-age flick.  

Dirty Dancing was a hit upon release and became a pop culture phenomenon. It's soundtrack spent 18 weeks atop the Billboard charts producing several hit singles, a touring live show, dirty dancing courses in every studio and was even a b-story on The Golden Girls (1985-1992)!

Dirty Dancing was filmed in Pembroke, VA and Lake Lure, NC

Location: Kellerman's Mountain House
Address: 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA

The Clubhouse



























This area was seen earlier when Baby first sets her eyes on Johnny...



When Baby discovers the dancers' hang out she passes this dumpster?, which is located behind the clubhouse.  The staff quarters sign was still there up until a few years ago...



This area is seen again later when Baby and Johnny duck after seeing Mr. Houseman...






Also in this area is where Johnny and Baby drive off after a tense dance lesson...




The Gazebo






The lake has completely dried up...









A nice tribute to Patrick Swayze...




The Houseman Cabin (The Virginia Cabin)




The stairs have been removed and a ramp was built on the other side...













"He listens when I talk now."  Riaaer! Hiss Hiss!















Other Points of Interest...



The chains, located across from the main lodge, were installed by production and still remain today...




The Kitchen Door



The Beach






Lift Practice




Patrick Swayze's Room 

During filming, Patrick Swayze stayed in room 232 in the main lodge...




Jennifer Grey's Room

Jennifer Grey stayed in Room 513 in Chestnut Loge...







When the cast and crew checked in, the computers were down, so they hand wrote where people were staying...




The Dirty Dancing Remembered Cabin

Mountain Lake Lodge is very proud to be remembered as the main filming location for Dirty Dancing.  They built a tribute cabin filled with promotional and behind-the scenes-photos, a Dirty Dancing timeline and a self-guided map.  And the staff is very welcoming and informative to fans and location junkies.  No "get off my lawn!" crap to worry about.
































I hope you had the time of your life looking at these photos.  You'll notice some key locations are not included, such as the dancers' cabins, Baby's bridge and stairs, the dance studio and the finale auditorium.  Those locations were filmed in Lake Lure, NC and were either demolished or burned down.


Locations Visited: February 2017

2 comments:

  1. Nice pictures. I especially like the tribute stone. SW

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, the tribute stone was a nice touch.

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