Alive and Kicking

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Born out of the Great Depression, swing dancing elevates the human spirit beyond one's circumstances as dancers can move to the beat for the sheer joy of it and disappear into something bigger, something dazzling, a space without a critic or a judge or an analyst. ALIVE AND KICKING gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern American society.

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  • Though it adheres to documentary convention by picking out a few competitive swing dancers and following them throughout the film, "Alive and Kicking" keeps dancing off into other areas, and we just hold its hand and follow.

    Apr 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Glatzer captures the love and support of an intergenerational community, one in which nonagenarians cut the rug alongside up-and-comers.

    Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Glatzer captures the visceral charge of moving wildly in tandem with another person, often in improvised bouts that forge strong bonds between partners, if only for a few minutes.

    Apr 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Although it's been used repeatedly as a movie title, Alive and Kicking perfectly captures the joyous enthusiasm of Susan Glatzer's debut documentary, which presents swing dance as a vibrant, living art form.

    Apr 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Though its cinematography is nothing to write home about, the action Alive and Kicking captures is so transfixing, one marvels that dancers can keep it up for five years, much less five decades.

    Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It is fast and exciting and I could watch it all day!

    Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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