Jo Buffery is moved by movement - even when the knives are flying
I cried at Mad Hot Ballroom, which is about New York kids learning ballroom dancing for a competition. To me, competitive dancing has a jarring note, but this didn't. You saw the children grow in poise and posture and grace.
It was incredible. I liked Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. There wasn't really a story; what held you was the intimacy of people talking.
You almost felt your clothes would smell of smoke and you'd had too much caffeine by the end. I saw House of Flying Daggers around the same time. My son asked if I'd found it violent, and I realised I'd watched the whole film as a huge dance, partly because it was all so staged but also partly because there was an aesthetic to the fighting.
Roddy Doyle, particularly The Commitments. Maybe because, though I don't share the characters' lifestyle, I can identify with that sense of pulling together to achieve something. Making music together, dancing together, putting a show on, against the odds of poverty or wider relationships or people being too drunk or too tired.
The New Art Club: two men dancing with a lot of humour, but still something serious going on. CandoCo (pictured), a mixture of able-bodied and disabled dancers, who I think have pioneered a new choreographic language.
Treat in store
I'm doing outreach work in the spring on a new English National Ballet production based on Oscar Wilde's story "The Canterville Ghost". It has an exciting choreographer, William Tuckett, who's making his name in ballet for young people.
I like using Christopher Benstead's music because he's made CDs for the kind of work I do: making dances with people that often explore a theme or an issue. I use the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Michael Nyman film music, Australian traditional music. I downloaded Peggy Lee's "Fever" because it's in Mad Hot Ballroom. I still sing along to music, and if I'm on my own I dance. Even with no curtains in the house. I think that's what it's for.
Jo Buffery, 44, is a freelance creative arts specialist and part-time creative arts teacher at the Red Balloon Learner Centre for bullied children in Cambridge.