Dance With Me - Movie Synopsis & Plot
A Story of Hearts in Motion.
A broken-hearted former dance champion working as an instructor at a faded Houston dance studio struggles to revive her career. Miles away, in Cuba, an enterprising young man leaves for Texas, equally determined to make his dreams a reality. Fate brings this unlikely twosome together in Dance With Me, where their passions ignite to the rhythm of a hot Latin beat beneath a glittering world spotlight.
When the handsome young Cuban, Rafael Infante (Chayanne), arrives in Houston, his energy and enthusiasm immediately breathe new life into the Excelsior dance studio, a shabby local favorite on the verge of exhaustion. Though the studio's owner, John Burnett (Kris Kristofferson), has grown weary of the daily one-two-cha-cha-cha grind, the establishment manages to stay afloat, buoyed by the Texas-sized dreams of its students and teachers. Though Rafael signs on only as the Excelsior's handyman, it isn't long before he has endeared himself to the studio's patrons and reinvigorated their aspirations. They begin to take to heart the words that hang on the studio wall: "Dancing is my dream."
But one studio regular isn't won over so easily. At the Excelsior, Rafael meets the beautiful but emotionally cool Ruby (Vanessa L. Williams), a dance instructor determined to recapture her standing as a top Professional International Latin Ballroom competitor. A tough customer who knows all the moves, Ruby fights her attraction to the handsome newcomer, whose vibrant, soulful, but unschooled Cuban salsa dancing style seems too spontaneous-and somewhat inferior to hers. But soon, the amateur is teaching the professional how to loosen up her disciplined method and feel the music. Afraid of what Rafael's honesty and sensuality stir in her heart, Ruby heads for the World Open Dance Championship in Las Vegas with her former partner and lover. But Rafael follows her, and in the heat of international competition the romance between Rafael and Ruby finally blooms. Ruby learns what Rafael has known all along- sometimes the most important thing to follow isn't a partner, it's your heart.