Top 5 Awesome Dance Movies
With the remake of Footloose getting good reviews it got me thinking about other lauded dance movies. There’s the Step It Up franchise, Honey, which will soon spawn a sequel, and even the classic Flashdance. Still none hold the place in my heart like these five, which I’ve yet to finish without hopping off the couch and trying to match some of the moves. It’s safe to say I’ll be skipping any theater re-releases.
As the kids of Baltimore say, you can’t stop the beat. Musical-movies can always be counted on for giant dance numbers, and Hairspray had even more to live up to as its main characters’ greatest passion is dance. The best dance numbers aren’t actually the ones performed for the studio audience of The Corney Collin’s but the ones of the public bus and in detention. Spontaneity is the spice of dance.
I’m referring of course to the original because no matter how many good reviews it gets, Footloose without Kevin Bacon wouldn’t work for me. When Keven Bacon yells let’s dance, you dance. You dance with wild abandon in the face of the law and bad 80s tuxes. Never was dance so daring as in Bomont, where a little harmless jazz square can get the sheriff involved. Those kids managed to get pretty skilled though.
You know it’s really love when a boy takes you to the ballet. All the hours he spends teaching you to dance with a little more rhythm is just extra. The romance and the hip-hop in the movie are great, but Save the Last Dance makes the list for the second audition routine, the seamless integration of ballet, hip-hop, and chair jumping. It’s enough to make you forget the pointed parallel violence going down during the dance.
Almost as much fun as the dirty dancing in this dance classic are Baby’s painfully awkward dance lessons. It’s hard to imagine anyone with less natural grace, which speaks even more to Jonnny’s, ahem, special skills. Thank god he came back to give the final dance, because it would be cruel to have the nice folks’ final vacation memory be Lisa’s off-key hula girl.
In a true tale of cultural discovery little Billy Elliot discovers his passion for ballet by flipping though a book in a library cart. His desire to dance is so great his tough and manly dad contemplates crossing a picket line so he’ll be able to earn enough money to send Billy to a proper dance school. The final scene with his family watching him finally realize his dream as a professional dancer is enough to reduce even the toughest viewer to tears.
What did you think of the list? Are there any great dance movies I forgot?