One Last Dance (2003 film)

One Last Dance is a 2003 American-Canadian romantic drama film about three dancers in New York City. The film was directed and written by Lisa Niemi, wife of actor Patrick Swayze. One Last Dance starred both Swayze and Niemi, who also jointly produced, alongside George de la Peña in a major role. It was filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

One Last Dance
Directed byLisa Niemi
Produced byLisa Niemi
Rhonda Baker
Patrick Swayze
Screenplay byLisa Niemi
StarringPatrick Swayze
Lisa Niemi
George de la Peña
Music byStacy Widelitz
CinematographyAlbert J. Dunk
Edited byClaudia Finkle
Distributed byEagle Pictures
Release date
  • April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States

One Last Dance was choreographed by Patsy Swayze, Niemi's mother-in-law and the mother of Patrick Swayze.[1] Niemi, who also wrote the script in addition to directing the film, drew its content from the real-life experiences and struggles of performing artists.


The story revolves around three dancers who are forced to reconcile their differences and pasts. Travis (Swayze), Chrissa (Niemi), and Max (De La Pena) were three students of master choreographer Alex McGrath, but they had a falling out many years ago over a particularly difficult piece that Alex had choreographed specifically for them. Unexpectedly, McGrath dies. This reunites the three, who agree to attempt the dance piece once more to save his company. In the process, however, they all reopen old emotional wounds that had never properly healed. Travis and Chrissa have a daughter together, Bree. Bree wishes to follow in her mother's footsteps of dancing and even takes any opportunity to steal her mother's Pointe shoes and dance around the house in them. It is realized that Max should be the new head of the company. Travis, Chrissa and Max each want to quit for good at some point. But finally all grudgingly follow through and come full-circle as dancers.


  1. ^ Kelly, Devin (2013-09-18). "Patsy Swayze, mother of Patrick Swayze, dies at 86". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-06.

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