DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: The Dance

Touching, Top Notch, Positive Family TV

When Calls The Heart - The DanceWhen Calls the Heart: The Dance

Release Date: June 5, 2014
Format: DVD, 85 minutes
Inspired By: The novel by Janette Oke
DVD Contents: When Calls the Heart Television Series, Season 1, Episodes 5 and 6 (The Dance, These Games)

Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Chelah Horsdal, Andrew Walker, Derek Hamilton, and Lori Loughlin

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New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep an eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy’s relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy’s motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.

My Review

With this, the 3rd two-episode DVD compilation of When Calls The Heart, I again marvel at the skill of the show’s writers. There are four subplots here: Carla Noonan largely pregnant with child and taken in by Abigail; smooth-talking new-to-town miner Billy Hamilton and his attentions to Elizabeth; humble new miner Dewitt Graves creating waves with young Caleb Dunbar as he tries to get close to Caleb’s widowed mother Mary; and Jack’s investigation and pursuit of a thief. None of these strands competes with the others or predominates. Rather, all are fluidly pieced together to sustain your attention throughout. The Dance 3

I have seen all twelve episodes of Season 1, but it’s always a joy to revisit them with each DVD release. I love the continuity that the writers build into episodes, even with small mentions: Wendel Backus, former town drunk, is now a proud teetotaler, Elizabeth still burns to a crisp everything she cooks, Young Albert is seen fishing alongside Caleb, and Reverend Anderson is again preaching in the clearing in the woods.

Each subsequent episode of When Calls The Heart expands viewers’ knowledge of the townspeople of Coal Valley, planting the town and its inhabitants deeper into our hearts. This time we get better acquainted with Mary and Caleb Dunbar and Carla Noonan. And we see new miners arrive in Coal Valley to replace those killed in the mining accident that left so many widowed and fatherless. Two big town functions occur as a result of these men coming to town: The Miners Dance, and The Miners Games. Watching the dance in the saloon and the games on the town square, you’ll be transported to the old West (albeit, this time, the Canadian West), and what a romp it is!The Dance 4

We are reminded of the character of those who live in Coal Valley: brave, strong, resourceful, kindhearted, generous people. These were harder times in which to live, but they were also simpler. The simplicity of life depicted on screen casts important things into relief: community, family, and loving one’s neighbor. Thematically, the focus centers on how our brokenness can be our greatest impediment to building relationships. As Caleb and Dewitt Graves come to terms, and as Elizabeth learns a lesson, the importance of and development of trust is explored.

And, yes, thankfully Elizabeth and Constable Jack make continued inroads.The Dance 5

As always, these episodes are full of humor and pathos. You’ll enjoy your respite in Coal Valley, and when you walk away, you’ll find your burdens lightened and your heart better for having spent time in this little mining town.

— Dawn Teresa



5 of 5 Hearts. Touching, Top Notch, Positive Family TV.

When Calls The Heart: The Dance continues the high-caliber work of this Hallmark Channel original series. Thankfully, Season 1 (which contained 12 episodes) garnered a devoted following and the Hallmark Channel has committed to a second season which will begin airing in May of 2015. 

*Giveaway Alert* 

Open to residents to US ages 13 an up.


Closes July 13th, 2014, 11:59 PM ET

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received the above DVD for free from Edify Media in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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6 thoughts on “DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: The Dance

  1. Judy Yaron PhD July 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM Reply

    One word – JEALOUS and I am not a jealous person by nature, Dawn, What awesome adventures you are having! Love it! I love TV. I love series and I love Hallmark. But, alas, I don’t get it … HUGS ❤


    • Dawn Teresa July 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM Reply

      Alas, dear Judy…there is always Netflix or Amazon Prime? I may do another DVD giveaway, too so keep your eyes peeled for that.


  2. Laurel Regan July 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM Reply

    My mom is a huge fan of Janette Oke’s books – if she hasn’t already seen this series, I’m sure she’d love it! Thanks for the review.


    • Dawn Teresa July 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM Reply

      That would probably all depend on whether she gets the Hallmark Channel. If not, sounds like a gift idea to Mom from you!


  3. Mary July 8, 2014 at 2:43 PM Reply

    I agree this is quality television. I enjoy watching the episodes on Amazon Prime – and also purchase the DVDs so that I will always have access. The Heartie community on Facebook keeps Coal Valley alive as well!


    • Dawn Teresa July 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM Reply

      They sure do. I wonder if perhaps I should have mentoned The Facebook Hearties Group in my post.


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