Shall We Dance? is a 2004 American film. It is a remake of the award-winning Masayuki Suo 1996 Japanese film, Shall We ダンス?. The film made its US premier at the Hawaii International Film Festival.[1] Parts of Shall We Dance were filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in a dance studio located on campus at the University of Manitoba.

Directed by Peter Chelsom
Produced by Simon Fields
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
James Tyler
Written by Audrey Wells
Masayuki Suo (original screenplay)
Narrated by Richard Gere
Starring Richard Gere
Jennifer Lopez
Susan Sarandon
Stanley Tucci
Lisa Ann Walter
Richard Jenkins
Bobby Cannavale
Omar Benson Miller
Mya Harrison
Ja Rule
Nick Cannon
Music by John Altman
Gabriel Yared
Cinematography John de Borman
Editing by Robert Leighton
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) October 15, 2004
Running time 106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million
Gross revenue $170,128,460

John Clark (Richard Gere) is a lawyer with a charming wife and a loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home through Chicago, John sees a beautiful woman staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for ballroom dancing lessons, hoping to meet her.
At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), but the older Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and John proves to be just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates (Chic and Vern, Bobby Cannavale and Omar Miller respectively) on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. But the more time John spends away from home, the more his wife Beverly (Susan Sarandon) becomes suspicious. She hires a private investigator to find out what John is doing, but when she finds out the truth, she chooses to discontinue the investigation and not invade her husband’s privacy.

John is partnered with Bobbie (Lisa Ann Walter) for the competition, although his friend Link (Stanley Tucci) steps in to do the Latin dances. Link and Bobbie do well in the Latin dances, and while John and Bobbie’s waltz goes well, John hears his wife and daughter in the crowd during the quickstep, and is distracted by trying to find them. He and Bobbie fall and are disqualified, and John and Beverly argue in the parking structure. John quits dancing, to everyone’s dismay.
Paulina, having been inspired by John to take up competing again, is leaving to go to Europe, and is having a going-away party at the dance studio. She sends John a letter, but he’s not convinced to go until his wife leaves out a pair of dancing shoes that she bought him. He goes and meets her at work, convinces her that while he loves dancing, he still loves her just as much, and they dance. They go to the party and John and Paulina have one last dance before she leaves.

The end scene shows everyone afterwards: Link and Bobbie are now together; Chic, who was actually gay, dances at a club with his partner; Miss Mitzi finds a new partner, and they are happy together; John and Beverly are back to normal and dance in the kitchen; Vern, newly married to his fiancée, dances with her at their wedding; the private investigator that Beverly hired, Devine (Richard Jenkins), starts up dance lessons; and Paulina, with a new partner, competes at Blackpool, the competition that she had lost years before.

“Sway” – The Pussycat Dolls
“Santa Maria” (Del Buen Ayre) – Gotan Project
“Happy Feet” – John Altman
“España Cañí” – John Altman
“I Wanna (Shall We Dance)” – Gizelle D’Cole
“Perfidia” – John Altman
“Under The Bridges Of Paris” – John Altman
“Moon River” – John Altman
“Andalucia” – John Altman
“The Book Of Love” – Peter Gabriel
“The L Train” – Gabriel Yared
“I Could Have Danced All Night” – Jamie Cullum
“Wonderland” – Rachel Fuller
“Shall We Dance?” – Gotan Project
“Let’s Dance” – Mýa