Two ballet teachers battle it out for students in competing mini-mall studios in Burbank. They eventually find love, and the meaning and purpose of the wacky world of ballet. LOW BUDGET. HALF MILLION BELOW THE LINE! 90% ONE LOCATION REDRESSED!
Myles Marlo was once the toast of international ballet. Now, he’s an overweight, over the hill, ballet teacher in Burbank whose ego can’t let go of his former fame.
Patrice Savoy once had great promise as a dancer. An injury ended her brief career, so she became a teacher -- a rigid, stick-banging taskmaster that dancers love to hate!
Betsy LaGrange is a young housewife looking for a bit of beauty in her dreary suburban life. The story unfolds from her point of view.
Myles and Patrice begin an all out war to attract the limited students available in the blue collar Burbank area. It’s fire and ice between them. As a teacher, Myles is more fun, but he doesn’t take his students seriously. Patrice is humorless, but she inspires her students with torturous hard work and dreams of artistic glory. She puts stars in their eyes with plans for a big performance at the Starlight Bowl (a fittingly cheesy locale)!
Myles’ students leave him for Patrice’s fanatical world, lured there by her promises of artistic beauty. Cheesecake and pizza loving Myles sinks into despair. Patrice wins. But then, she has a crisis. She loses her only male dancer!
Patrice swallows her pride and asks Myles to be the male star of her show. Myles is hopelessly out of shape, but Patrice’s sadistic training and deprivation diet finds the talent deep inside the pudgy Myles. She also finds an ego that makes Myles think he’s once again “the star.” He becomes demanding and melodramatic like in the old days. But he’s having fun again, thanks to Patrice. These two “artistic weirdoes” need each other.
As they rehearse for the big performance at the Starlight Bowl, the girls in Patrice’s studio become more and more disenchanted with Myles and Patrice. One by one, they quit.
Patrice is at her lowest ebb, and now it’s Myles trying to lift Patrice up from despair. Myles and Patrice are falling in love, but Patrice resists. Patrice’s cardinal rule is “no romantic attachments,” so debonair Myles’s early attempts at conquest are comically thwarted.
In the end, love conquers ego. Myles even makes up with his long estranged son, and overcomes his ego to help Patrice get her dancers back. Myles’s son is a ballet star in Paris. In a surprise ending, Myles gets his son to fly to Burbank to partner the girls in Patrice’s show. This, they can’t resist! All of Patrice’s dancers return just in time to put on the show, the highlight being housewife Betsy’s star turn as a very accomplished ballerina. It’s a small-town affair, but to the housewives, the waitresses, the lonely that seek artistic beauty, it’s the greatest show ever.
At the curtain, Myles and Patrice get married in a wedding with a beautiful ballet theme, and all their students as ballerina bridesmaids.