Patrick Swaye will be remembered by residents of the North Carolina community where he filmed the movie that made him famous.

Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, but he’ll be best remembered for his breakout role as Catskills resort dance teacher Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing, a low-budget 1987 film that would become a cult classic.


The town of Lake Lure will remember Swaye during a memorial service at 7 p.m. Saturday at Firefly Cove, a housing development that was Camp Chimney Rock when Dancing was filmed. Many of the film’s outdoor scenes were filmed there, as was Johnny’s cabin.

Visitors who attend the public service will be asked to make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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