Amy Sherman-Palladino on Using Dance in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

A scene from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel where Mrs. Maisel is doing stand-up comedy
Amy Sherman-Palladino on Using Dance in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been stealing hearts and making us laugh since it first aired in 2017. For those new to the show, here’s the quick recap: the story follows young Miriam Maisel with her perfect life and husband in the late 1950s. After four years of marriage, he leaves her for his secretary, and Miriam “Midge” has her life turned upside down. That’s when she discovers her talent for stand-up comedy, a groundbreaking idea for a woman with a provocative sense of humor in those times.

Amy Sherman-Palladino, who you may know from her work on Gilmore Girls, recently talked about the role of dance in making the show as iconic as it’s proving out to be.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — Where Dialogue & Movement Meld Together

A scene from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that includes dance
Amy Sherman-Palladino on Using Dance in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

In creating the show, Amy’s style has long included her signature dance preservation movement. Her preferred master shot filming style makes it possible for her to show the idea that choreography on television can make for a shimmering, transformative experience without necessarily including a dance in a scene. Many of Mrs. Maisel’s scenes are fast-paced, almost as if there is an invisible dance between the characters in a rhythm you can feel.

There Was More Dance in Season 3

The opening dance number in season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amy Sherman-Palladino on Using Dance in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The third season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel opened with a spectacular U.S.O. number which was crucially important for Amy. She says that dance can speed up and slow down a visual story both in conventional and unconventional ways. For example, when there is a slow dance scene in the middle of a fast-paced outdoor environment, it’s a transcending experience that lets the viewer feel somehow immersed in the story.

Mrs. Maisel doing group gymnastics
Amy Sherman-Palladino on Using Dance in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

Amy, who was a dancer herself for many years, works with professional choreographer Marguerite Derricks on emphasizing the power of dance on the show. Derricks herself says that there is a lot of dancing behind the camera as well. Sometimes, something as simple as background dancers spinning over their shoulder requires meticulous planning and choreography.