This is such a difficult list to create but I’m determined to do it! Ever since I was I kid I have loved watching dance in movies. I have easily got a top 20 but I’m going to narrow it down to a top 5, these are my real stand out movies. The first films that popped into my head when I decided to write this.
In no particular order – my stand out dance movies. Perhaps a more accurate title would be ‘Movies That Inspired Me to Dance.’
This film came out when I was in my teens and I used to watch it on VHS over and over. It was what really inspired me to take up ballet. The finale is one of my favourite movie scenes of all time. When her dress changes, the red shoes, the pirouettes (I count 26!)… amazing!
Here’s the finale.
2. An American in Paris.
I have such a crush on Gene Kelly! That sequence where he jumps over his own leg in ‘I Got Rhythm’ and the dancing on the piano in ‘Tra La La’. And of course the dream sequence that is typical of this era – love it! Gene Kelly is the most amazing tap dancer of all-time in my humble opinion. I could watch him all day but let’s just watch this for now…
3. Breakin’ (and Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo).
OMG I love, love, LOVE this film. It’s a lesser known dance film and one that is considered a cult classic yet hardly anyone has heard of it. The sequel is equally awesome! I have the single on vinyl and both movies on DVD! I always liked Special K, the pro dancer that teams up with a couple of street dancers. This is the finale, you might recognise the two guys – they were in quite a few music videos in the 80s such as Chaka Khan and Lionel Richie.
This is a bit of an obvious one but I remember a girl two years above me dancing to this in a school assembly with the walkovers and leaps and everything and I was completed amazed and wanted to be her! The film was one of my favourites as a teenager and also inspired me to take up ice skating! The “Gloria’ scene was my ambition (didn’t quite make it but I got 5 ice skating grades.)
I was gutted when I found out she doesn’t do the dancing – it’s a stunt double! The break dancing sequence is actually a man.
5. A Chorus Line.
I think this is such an under-rated movie, it is SO good. I remembering discovering this as a trailer on another DVD and going to HMV searching through for it. I absolutely love it and it is also the routine that drew me to On Broadway ® Dance Fitness, I saw I demo of this routine and said to myself, “That is my new job!” Then I visited Katy’s studio in Sheffield and I was hooked. So this will be the first routine I teach in my classes.
The only confusing thing about this movie is, they’re all auditioning but they’re all in the finale. So what was the point of the audition if they were all in anyway? Haha. Maybe it is a dream sequence again…
I could write so much more about my favourite dance movies but these are definitely five that made me really want to dance.
What movie inspired you to dance? Or which routine would you love to do?