Jennifer Grey

For Jennifer Grey the Dirty Dancing Lift Was a One-Time Thing
Anyone who has watched the 1987 film dirty dancing, and many who have not, are familiar with the famous dance lift that took place between actress Jennifer Grey and her late costar Patrick Swayze. It is the most popular scene from that iconic film. An innumerable amount of fans have replicated that scene in different settings around the world.

Now, as the film nears its 30 year anniversary, 55-year-old Jennifer Grey is opening up about that dance lift. One thing that is a surprise to fans is that, according to Grey, there was little preparation before filming the dance lift.


American actors Patrick Swayze (1952 – 2009) and Jennifer Grey star in the film ‘Dirty Dancing’, 1987. (Photo by /Getty Images)

Grey stated, “I only did it on the day I shot.” She adds that, there was no rehearsal prior to the day of filming. After filming closed that day, she has never done that move again. She expressed her surprise and admiration of the number of her fans who are courageous enough to leap into the arms of someone who is not Patrick Swayze.

Jennifer Grey was a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She said that, while she is happy that so many of her fans enjoyed the lift in the movie, she had no plans to re-create it during Dancing with the Stars.

“It’s a non-starter,” said Grey. “It happened, enjoy it, watch it over and over again, but never ask me to do it again because I’m too ******* old … I have a family and I want to live longer [laughs].”