10 Best Dance Scenes In Movies

Tuesday, November 30 by Dahloan Hembree

Everyone loves a great dance movie, so here are the 10 best dance scenes in movies. There have been tons of awesome dance sequences in movies but in order to list them all, we would be here all day!  So let's limit our list to the ten most classic dance scenes in movies. Many of these movies have several memorable dances, but one stands out in each when the movie is mentioned. Whether it is the dance moves, classic outfits, or memorable music, these scenes live on forever.

  1. "Singin' in the Rain" (1952). Who can forget Gene Kelly's classic street/sidewalk dance in "Singin' in the Rain". Many a would be dancer has gotten a wet foot dancing like Gene Kelly.
  2. "West Side Story" (1961). This movie often gets left out of great dance scenes. There are so many great dance moments in "West Side Story", it is difficult to pick one, but a classic scene is  Maria on the rooftop, comparing America's benefits, and their experiences while singing America. Many a New Yorker has used rooftops to dance and entertain their imaginary audiences.
  3. "Saturday Night Fever" ( 1976)  This movie is responsible for a ton of leisure suit sales, in addition to John Travolta's classic disco dance. Many a not so great dancer, thinks putting a hand on a hip, and sticking your other hand in the air pointing is a great dance move. Well, it worked for Travolta. 
  4. "Flashdance" (1983). Jennifer Beal's classic dance when auditioning will always be remembered. Whether it is her famous foot moves, or awesome midair flip, it is a dance that will live on forever. One also can't forget the chair water dance? Many a man  fantasizes about that dance scene!
  5. "Footloose" (1984). This classic movie about a city boy who moves to a rural town that has banned dances, has many great moments. Perhaps the best is the final dance in the barn, and the classic foot steps to Kenny Loggin's "Footloose". Who says country boys can't dance? 
  6. "Dirty Dancing" (1987) This movie has wonderful dance sequences and also classic lines. Nobody puts baby in the corner on the final dance. The highlight is the jump off stage into her dance instructors arms!! Nobody puts Baby in the corner when she dances!
  7. "The Last Dance" ( 2001). This classic love story makes this  dance movie that much better, especially since it is  forbidden love. No one seems to want a ballet dancer and a rough neck Chicago boy together. But with his help and her talent, Sara Johnson's (Julia Stiles) audition for Julliard combines Hip Hop and Ballet like never seen before.
  8. "Chicago" (2002). This classic Broadway hit came to life on the big screen. One of the best dance scenes in "Chicago" was the Cell Block Tango. The dance sequence is a look into why the ladies killed their men and it is revealed that the Russian woman is indeed innocent! Who knew Renee Zellweger could dance?  
  9. "Hairspray" (2007). Of course we all knew John Travolta could dance, but who knew he was a closet women? Amanda Bynes shows that she too can dance in the final scene where the TV show is filmed. Also,the movie has a wonderful message through the dance that race doesn't really matter after all.
  10. "Stomp the Yard" (2007). Singer NeYo makes his dance debut in this dance classic. An all black school in Atlanta introduces an inner city L.A. boy to stomping instead of L.A.'s krumping style. The final dance scene between the two schools, where Truth University shows how stomping is really done, introduces main stream audiences to the dance art of stomping.

If you are bored and want to watch a great dancing movie, pick one of these top ten dance scenes in movies. There have been countless memorable dances so be sure and check these dance scenes out before watching any others. You'll have something to compare your favorites to!

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