He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' is a 1983 American documentary film directed by Emile Ardolino about Jacques d'Amboise, a noted former American ballet star who had dancing roles in such films as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Carousel, and who later founded the National Dance Institute, a dance school. Kevin Kline and Judy Collins make appearances as themselves. It aired on television on the NBC anthology series Special Treat.

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'
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Directed byEmile Ardolino
Produced by
StarringJacques d'Amboise
Distributed byDirect Cinema[1]
NBC (television)
Release date
  • November 1983 (1983-11)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States


John J. O'Connor of The New York Times stated that the production "captured splendidly the key point of Mr. d'Amboise's efforts: Doing your best is what counts."[2] In the educational magazine Media & Methods, Marion Bue called He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' "engaging" and wrote that the film "captures the intensity of rehearsal and the excitement of performance."[3]

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[4] After it was shown on NBC, He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' won the 1984 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program and a Peabody Award. It is one of the few theatrical films to win both an Oscar and an Emmy. It was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Special.


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Oscar and "Roger & Me"". Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1983-10-25). "TV: 'BAY CITY BLUES' BEGINS ON NBC". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  3. ^ Bue, Marion (December 1984). "Film". Media & Methods. pp. 45–46.
  4. ^ "NY Times: He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2008-11-16.

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