Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, I find this amazingly heartfelt video. Although Swayze was clearly a fabulous dancer, he was also so much more.
Swayze was around dance from day one; his mother owned a dance studio and earned acclaim as the choreographer for the 1980 blockbuster Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta. Throughout school, he also indulged in other pursuits, such as ice skating, gymnastics and even football, but dance seemed to stick with him. After a knee injury ended his football career in high school, he moved to New York City in 1972 to complete his formal training in dance at the prestigious Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools. His first professional experience as a dancer was for Disney on Parade, moving next to the Broadway production of Grease, playing the role of Danny Zuko. He finally made his way to the silver screen as Ace in Skatetown, U.S.A.
Even more impressive than Swayze's dance moves and acting abilities was his unwavering love for his wife, Lisa Niemi. The pair met at his mom's dance studio while teenagers, married five years later and stayed devoted to each other for 34 years until his untimely death. Actress Kelly Lynch, who witnessed their bond up close and personal while filming Road House with Swayze, described their relationship well when she said: "Like any great marriage, they seem to move together as one person ... They're like a single organism. They love each other and it's apparent. The partnership is for life."