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When the movie came out I went to see it but thought it was pretty bogus. And I would know! I was a ballet and modern dance student and performer with companies all through grade school, high school and into college.
Also, in college in the early '70's when it was nearly impossible to find part time work as a student, I and many of my female friends worked as "go-go" and "exotic" dancers in the many clubs around Pittsburgh that offered such entertainment, like the Go-Go Lounge in McKees Rocks, the Red Onion in downtown's Market Square and the Electric Banana near the University of Pittsburgh campus.
That kind of work was actually pretty convenient for a student -- back when the minimum wage was only 1.60 an hour we could make 30 to 40 dollars (usually cash under the table) for 4 hours of dancing on the stage at one of these bars, usually from 10 pm to 2 am when they had to close. Due to the strict State Liquor Control laws in Pennsylvania, we were not supposed to fraternize with the patrons or even talk to them (a bar owner could lose their liquor license if a dancer did that -- the laws were intended to suppress prostitution). There were usually 3 or 4 dancers in any shift so each of us only had to perform for 15 to 20 minutes per hour, choosing our own music on the jukebox.
In between sets we could study and do our schoolwork in the dressing room. I was writing papers while sitting at a makeup vanity with a sweatshirt over a g-string and pasties! And since I worked in construction I new exactly what a blue collar gig was like. That work entails getting up before dawn and then spending 8 to 10 hours doing continual physical labor with one half hour for lunch and two 10 minute coffee breaks. NO WAY could somebody do that all day and then dance at a club until the wee hours. So the idea that "Alex" danced at a club was pretty ludicrous.
Besides the fact that "Alex" was shown as a full welder when she was allegedly 19 years old. She would have still been an apprentice and not likely to be welding unsupervised. And that job was prevailing rate -- either she was in a union or being paid the same wage, which at that time was between 15 and 20 dollars per hour. She would not have needed to work in a club to get by if she was taking home 600 or more a week in a city as cheap to live in as Pittsburgh.
I know the film was a fantasy, but it was a pretty ludicrous one. Another absurdity was to think that a panel evaluating a prospective dancer for a ballet company would be "impressed" by her presentation of what was essentially a gymnastics routine. Ballet companies require a specific set of disciplines which are taught over years of ballet training. Even with her lessons from the old dancer (Hannah) Alex would not have had company training and would not have known the terminology and protocols of choreography or rehearsals. The idea that they would hire her for the company because she could break dance would be equivalent to a symphony orchestra hiring somebody to play the violin because they demonstrated they were good at playing the conga drums.
It was also ludicrous to me that somebody with the opportunity to learn a lucrative lifetime trade like industrial welding would aspire to be an underpaid apprentice in a dance company. I was a professional dancer but realized early on that it was not only a demanding career but one that meant I would have to live in relative poverty (as in sports, few become stars in the dance world and most have short careers due to the physical demands of the work). I even had a college degree and could have followed into academia or science. But I lucked out and got into a skilled trade in my early 30's and found it to be challenging and interesting, kept me in physical shape and gave me a level of independence both in free time and in financial security that I never would have had in dance. I still dance, but on my own time and how I want to do it.
Anyway, though I liked seeing the Pittsburgh sites in the movie, overall I found the film silly and the correlations of the sites they showed never made sense if you recognized the locations. A better movie that shows Pittsburgh in a realistic way is "Dominic and Eugene" starring Tom Hulce, Ray Liotta and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The date of her application is January 1983. She lives on 7 Wood St in Pittsburgh, and was born in Altoona, PA (as was her father).
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
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