Two-time Academy Award®-nominee and two-time Golden Globe® winner Gena Rowlands (The Notebook) stars as the crusty 75-year-old South Florida matron Lily Harrison, who unexpectedly develops a remarkable, life-changing friendship with her much younger, gay dance instructor in the highly-anticipated feature film adaptation of the beloved international hit comedy, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, written by two-time Writers Guild Award winner and Emmy® nominee Richard Alfieri.
Cheyenne Jackson co-stars as Michael Minetti, the 30-year-old teacher who is assigned to Lily after she calls to request private lessons from Cunard’s Dance Studio. Cunard (Julian Sands) has the best-looking staff of any dance studio in the state. Frustrated that his Broadway career has been reduced to teaching old ladies to dance, Michael is ornery and disrespectful when he arrives at Lily’s spacious, ocean-view apartment for her first lesson. Tempers quickly flare and Lily orders him out. Michael knows he was out of line, and really needing the work, swallows his pride and asks Lily for a second chance. Surprisingly, she says yes.
At first, Lily and Michael see each as stereotypes – a conservative, judgmental older woman and an immoral, untrustworthy scam artist. But as they work their way through the dances – the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance – and get to know each other, Lily and Michael discover how far from the truth their initial impressions actually were. Their trust and respect grows, and by the final lesson, Lily shares with Michael her most closely guarded secret and he shares with her his greatest gifts, his loyalty and compassion.
A poignant comedy filled with music and dance that also addresses the serious issues of intolerance and ageism, Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks is the story of two people experiencing one of life’s greatest joys, the enduring love and friendship of another human being. The film also stars Oscar®, Emmy®, Tony® and Grammy® award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story), 2-time Academy-Award®-nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Julian Sands (Leaving Las Vegas), Kathleen Rose Perkins (Gone Girl), Emmy® Award-winner Anthony Zerbe (American Hustle), and Simon Miller (“Gossip Girl”).