Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) short review

Not as bad as you might think… but not great either. A “reimagining” of the original, this time set in 1950s Cuba. Okay, I’m an American female of a certain generation so of course I saw the original… this is very different in tone. Romola Garai is a straight-laced American, who moves to Havana with her well-to-do family during the lead-up to the Cuban Revolution. She meets a boy who works in her hotel, who teaches her how to dance — and in the process she learns to loosen up and to fall in love. Selma Ward as the mother has some really nice 1950s dresses (great evening wear especially). Romola Garai in the lead role wears very normal teenager wear.


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.