''Flashdance'' is a dance movie you need to see
Think Batman... if he wore a thong and danced on a chair. Oh, never mind. Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a welder by day and stripper by night. But don't get any ideas. This Pittsburgh steeler demands r-e-s-p-e-c-t. And she received it when the film was a smash and America unsheathed its sharpest scissors to replicate her diced sweatshirt/cozy leg warmer wardrobe. A chart-trouncing soundtrack (700,000 copies were sold in two weeks) made Flashdance a certified Reagan-era classic. Its sweaty, sultry dance numbers have also been channeled by such pop luminaries as J. Lo.