Footloose and Fancy Free with This Dance with Julianne Review & Giveaway

Footloose and fancy free. Oh yeah.

Confession: Erin and I are huge fans of Footloose. Like, I-bought-her-the-DVD-for-Christmas type of fans. There’s just something about dancing out your feelings and teenage fancy-footed rebellion that gets our little guilty pleasure hearts pitter-pattering. So when we heard that they were making a remake of the movie, we figured it couldn’t touch the original. But will we go see it when it comes out tomorrow? Most likely. For all of you who may be like us (or just like a good dance workout DVD), we’re reviewing Julianne Hough’s (aka Ariel in the new Footloose movie) newest dance workout DVD Dance with Julianne: Just Dance! and revisiting her Cardio Ballroom title, which Erin reviewed about a year and a half ago.

Oh, and guess what? We’re giving away three sets of both workout DVDs! Deets on how you can win following the reviews…Enjoy, Footloose-lovahs!


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  1. I CANNOT wait to see the new Footloose! I was in high school when the originals came out, and I still know the lyrics to the entire soundtrack. I’m looking forward to taking my girls to see the new version!

    Any workout involving dance should rock – the biggest problem being the music ususally. Since you gave it a good review on the music, I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out. I run, and am training for a marathon right now, but I LOVE workout dvd’s! My chiropractor told someone in her office that I’m the queen of workout videos!!

    I’ve just discovered your website and think it’s awesome!! Thanks for the reviews!!

  2. I will definitely see the new version to compare it to the first. It remains to be seen whether Julianne’s remarkable dancing skills will also translate into success– but the guy who plays her love interest is pretty easy on the eyes so it shouldn’t be too hard!

  3. I love Julianne- she is so cute! The remake of Footloose looks even better than the original. I’d love to win these DVDs!

  4. I loved the original Footloose movie, so I have low expectations for the remake (but will likely watch it when it comes out on DVD.)

  5. Having been a huge fan of the original Footloose, I was upset to hear about the remake. But then how many movies do I love now are also remakes from another era or country? I will be seeing the new Footloose to see how it compares to the old and also for the dancing! I’m sure that Julianne will steal the show with her skills and the dancing overall will be way better than the first!

    I usually workout outside in the warm months (biking, running, hiking), but now that it’s getting colder and we have less daylight, I will be going back to my workout DVDs. I love the variety of DVDs and would love to give Julianne’s workouts a try!

  6. I’m just a hair on the young side for the original movie, but I fell in love with Footloose the Musical in high school!! I canNOT wait to see the movie this weekend 😀 Julianne is such a great dancer, and you have to have a bit of acting ability to convey all the emotions and the story of a Dane, so I’m thinking/hoping she’ll nail the role of Arial!

  7. Oh, I will be seeing Footloose Saturday night! Cannot wait! I think Julianne’s dancing skills will translate to acting success – she was already in Burlesque with Christina Aguilera and Cher. 🙂 Acting, singing and dancing – Julianne is a true triple threat!

  8. I never go to the movies, so I doubt I’ll see it until it comes out on DVD. However, I LOVE dancing with the stars. I’ve wanted the cardio ballroom workout FOREVER! I would love to win a set! 🙂

  9. I loved the movie Footloose and am so excited to see the remake! More than likely I’ll have to wait until it out on DVD. Movies are so expensive these days. I love DWTS and Julianne! Her dancing skills are incrediable and will be great to see on the big screen. I loved her this week dancing to “Footloose” on DWTS. So much energy! I would love to win her workout video!

  10. My girlfriends and I are going to see it Saturday night. We are so excited, we are children of the 80’s and have heard that this remake will surpass the original. I think Julianne will do great acting, she looks great in the previews and plus she’s so likeable and so darn cute!

  11. I never saw the movie in the 80s, but I love Julianne and would love to see it today. I would love to have a body like hers, so I hope I can win this giveaway!

  12. Bum! What a shame I can’t enter, I’m not in the US!! I saw this movie on Saturday; here’s my brief review:
    Obviously, the storyline is the same, which to be honest drags a bit, but the dancing is awesome and it’s really, really well cast. I think the character development is much deeper in this version too. It’s a hard one to rate, but I’m going to give an overall rating of 3.5 stars, with 5+ stars for the dancing especially the drive-in scene, the solo factory dance, the ‘Cowboys’ bar scene, and the final dance scene.
    Sara from NZ 🙂

  13. Like both of you I love the original so I don’t think anything can touch it! I will still most likely see the new one but we will have to see if Julianne is as good and actress as a dancer! I’d love to have her DVD series!

  14. Cant’ wait to see the updated version. Julianne is going to rock the big screen and inspire the younger generation of girls to get off their smartphones and put on their dancing shoes. Would love to see her revitalize all the great dancing movies, such as Flashdance or Saturday Night Fever. Julianne and all the pros on DWTS are fast becoming stars themselves. Wishing her luck on her film debut.

  15. I think I’ll wait for it to come out on Blu Ray. I really hate to watch movies in the theater and be disappointed. I may just watch the Original Footloose instead. Remakes of movies are never better than the original. Kind of like the whole book made into movie issues. Never seems to measure up.

    We’ll have to wait and see if Julianne is multi-talented. Who knows, if she can act and maybe sing she could be a triple threat! ;o) Can’t really judge a persons acting ability from their dancing though.

    Either way, it won’t change the fact she’s a great dancer. Just like if this Footloose remake doesn’t measure up to the original, it won’t mean the original isn’t still awesome! :o)

  16. Wow a set of Julianne’s DVDs–hope I win! She looked great on this week’s DWTS show–I bet her acting is just as good. I’m collecting dance DVDs but have yet to get any of hers. I’ll wait until the movie comes to DVD and try not to see too many clips to spoil it for me. It’s a fun movie!

  17. Now don’t hate me but I’ve never seen the original Footloose. Tragic, I know! I will probably watch this new one because I love Julianne. She’s so talented on the dance floor and is always well spoken in interviews so I think both of those will translate well to a captivating on screen performance in the new Footloose movie.

  18. I haven’t seen the first one either! But the release of the new one is making me think I need to watch them both, and see for myself what I’m missing. And I think that if her dancing is great, Julianne will be totally watchable!

  19. YES I am going to see the movie!! When I was in 9th grade in high school we took a school trip to NYC and we saw Footloose on broadway. My friend, Ashley, and I fell in love with it and bought the soundtrack. We promised to go together to see the movie…which would be 13 years since we saw it on stage! I cannot wait for the new movie but the music as well. It brings back fond memories!

    Julianne seems to be a good actress in the previews. I think she will be good in it and of course, her dancing will be awesome! I hope to win the DVD’s to do with my friend Ashley. She has never been an active person and I got her to walk with me this summer for an hour at a time. Maybe seeing the movie will inspire her to try something new again and do the dancing workout dvds!

  20. I love the original Footloose and hope the new one is just as good! Any dance workout always is a great time, I never think of it as a workout!

  21. I am a huge fan of Julianne, so I will definitely check out the movie. I’m not sure how her acting will go, but even if it’s bad, I figure the movie will still at least be worth watching because the dancing is guaranteed to be good.

  22. I like the original so I plan on seeing the new one. I plan to try not to match it up to the older one, but try to enjoy it for the dancing and music and b open to the rest. I think she has alot of time on camera and has the energy for acting – she is also a singer which I think requires some performance. I look forward to seeing it. I imagine this will actually have more dancing that the oiginal!

  23. I haven’t been to a movie theater in over 10 years so the chances of me seeing it in a theater are pretty slim. If I did go, it would be for the music and dancing, not for the acting. I doubt that Julianne will become a terrific actress because of this movie but she is cute and she can really dance.

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  24. I will probably see Footloose. I don’t think Julianne will be a good actress…she should probably stick to dancing!

  25. I’m not sure if I’ll catch Footloose at the movie theater, but will definitely see it when it comes out on DVD.

  26. I love the original Footloose & can’t wait to see the new one! The workout sounds amazingly fun! I love to dance!

  27. I would LOVE to have these, but if I see the new Footloose movie, my husband would divorce me for violating some unspoken moral law. LOL He’s so mad that it was remade. I may end up going with a friend incognito. Like Michelle Obama with her trip to Target. LOL
    ANY of you ladies in MID-FL on the WEST SIIIDE wanna go? LOL

  28. I can’t wait to see the new movie! I tried to convince my husband to go last weekend but he wasn’t too into it…I need to get some girlfriends together for a trip.
    I don’t know if great dancing will make great acting, but she seems to be an all-around talented gal, so I’m thinking it will be great!
    Would love to win the dvds! I’ve always wanted to take dance lessons…the dance workout dvds are a good alternative I suppose! 🙂

  29. Oops. I posted before I was finished. I will not be seeing the movie in the theater, but will watch it when it comes out on cable most likely. I don’t know if dancing success = acting success, but I guess we shall see!

  30. I’m a fan of the classics: Footloose, Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing…. I’m not sure I’ll LOVE the new.version, but its not stop me atom seeing it! I think Julianne is adorable, her songs are great, so I’m what she can bring to the movie! I’ll also have to check out her dancing vids, I’m intrigued!

  31. I am SOOOOO planning on watching the new Footloose!! Julianne will do just fine as an actress!!! It doesn’t matter if you can dance or not! Any little girl who watched the original footloose and LOVED it, “played” footloose and knew the words by heart!!!! I would love to win the DVD’s so I can freshen up my skills in time to start “playing” Footloose again – after I watch the new movie. 🙂

  32. If there is dancing I am so in! I loved any movie with dancing and music so needless to say yes I will see footloose!

  33. I really like Julianne and her ability to take a novice and really make them shine. That is a real gift.
    Since this is the first time on your website I must tell you I really like it. I am looking forward to trying your eggplant recipe tonight and I will be back for more info.
    Thanks, A fat bottom girl