When I Started Dancing – Shall We Dance?

Film:  Shall We Dance?
Year:  2004
Screenplay:  Audrey Wells & Masayuki Suo
Role:  Paulina
Actor:  Jennifer Lopez
Length: approx. 30 seconds minimum




MR. CLARKE
Careful, you don’t want to spill it on your new coat.

PAULINA
Old coat, new colour. I had it died. Yeah, my Dad did it. He’s a Dry Cleaner, as is my mom, my brother, my two older sisters and me.I told you I knew about stains.

MR. CLARKE
You’re a Dry Cleaner?

PAULINA
Well, I was. Until I was about 8. Actually, that’s when I started dancing. I was helping out in the store one day after school when my mom asked me to go in the back and get an order. It was this incredibly delicate sequin thing held together by a gold thread. Well, I carried the costume like it was gonna break… and then I saw the customer. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever laid eyes on. She invited us to see her dance that night… and my mother said yes. It was like the whole world had suddenly gone from black and white to colour. The beautiful woman and her partner stopped right in front of us and did a waltz pose. She tilted her head back and she winked at me.. and I felt like she was trying to tell me something. I took it as a sign, and from then on I knew that ballroom dancing would be my life.  It wasn’t the kind of dream my parents had in mind.

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