Fajardo: The Beat Goes On by D.C. Copeland | Script Revolution

Fajardo: The Beat Goes On

The true story of a poor Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx with a rap sheet a mile long who grows up and revolutionizes Ballroom Dancing.

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The libretto for the stage musical.
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Based on the true life story of Billy Fajardo, it begins with his growing up in a "hard knock life" in the Bronx and his early success as a teenager who formed the famous "Dance Dimensions" with teenage friends from the hood.

Discovered by nationally syndicated columnist Earl Wilson, he makes it known to his millions of readers that these young Puerto Rican kids are tearing up the disco dance floors all along Broadway and disrupting the status quo, i.e, the dances they're bringing down from the South Bronx to Manhattan are couple centric and require the learning of dance steps, something that had been forgotten during the freewheeling world of popular dancing at that time.

Unknown to everyone, however, is that they're all underage and uncarded. The youngest, a girl named Sandy, is barely 13-years-old.

Their discovery leads to them becoming the house dance troupe for Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Never having left the Five Boroughs, the kids suddenly find themselves shooting a hit TV series in Hollywood.

Unfortunately, sudden wealth at such an early age and a need to get high to handle the pressures that come with running the dance troupe, turns Billy into a junkie.

Fired from the show, he becomes a dealer too and is ultimately caught and sent to prison. It's there he discovers he's HIV Positive from sharing needles.

Upon his release from prison, he fights his way back to regain his position in the dance world. With choreographer Katie Marlow's help-- whom Billy soon falls in love with-- and his "five year plan" which involves a lot of pain, suffering, and bruised egos, they become world champions in ballroom dance, revolutionizing it with over-the-top audacious physicality and sensuality.

Now a competitive dance team for nearly 20-years, they also produce two of the most highly recognized social dance events in the world today -- the International Hustle Salsa Congress and the World Salsa Summit.

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Billy Fajardo, now in his 50's at this performance, with Katie Marlow.
Submitted: November 6, 2017
Last Updated: January 19, 2022

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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