The 10 Best Dance Movies Of All Time

The glitter. The costumes. The lights. The pizazz. There’s something so magical about dancing. And while we don’t all possess the necessary skills to live out our lifelong dance crew or ballerina dreams, we can all eat pizza in our pjs on a Friday night and live vicariously through a good dance flick. Here’s a list of our all-time favorites.

Dirty Dancing 

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Dance Style:

Dirty / Ballroom

Favorite Scene:

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”

Why We Love It:

It’s classic. Dirty Dancing does what other dance movies don’t do:  discuss serious topics and still be fun. Choreography by Kenny Ortega and some very quotable lines (“Nobody puts Baby in a corner”, among others) make this our number one choice. Can’t we all just have a Johnny in our lives?

High School Musical 3 (and 1 and 2…)

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Dance Style:

Musical

Favorite Scene:

“The Boys Are Back”, “Scream”, “Bet On it”, and “We’re All In This Together”

Why We Love It:

No explanation necessary. The HSM franchise defined our middle school and high school existence. Great storylines, great music and great choreography by the legendary, Kenny Ortega.

Grease

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Dance Style:

Musical

Favorite Scene:

“Born To Hand Jive” and “You’re The One I Want”

Why We Love It:

Danny. Sandy. And all of our friends at Rydell. Grease seems to make everyone feel a little nostalgic, whether it’s because you watched it during childhood or because it reminds you of high school. There’s something special about this one. Note: check out the lesser-known sequel, “Grease 2”, for even more fun.

Step Up 5 (and all of them)

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Dance Style:

Hip Hop

Favorite Scene:

Andie and Sean’s dance to “Every Little Step”

Why We Love It:

We know out of all the Step Up movies, this probably isn’t the one that got the best reviews. It’s super cheesy to say the least, but it’s also super entertaining. We love a good underdog story and this one doesn’t disappoint with its classic “kids go to L.A. and get their dreams crushed and have to pick up the pieces” storyline and big city backdrops. Several Step Up alums are in this film, including some of our favorites, Moose, and Alyson Stoner. And the fact that the villain is my namesake had no influence in my decision to include this one. #AlexxasStickTogether

Footloose

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Dance Style:

Freestyle/Country/1980s

Favorite Scene:

“Footloose”

Why We Love It:

Sometimes you just have to cut loose.

Newsies

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Dance Style:

Musical

Favorite Scene:

“Seize The Day” and “The World Will Know”

Why We Love It:

Newsies is the Hollywood take on the newsboy strike of 1899. Journalism majors take note. Christian Bale and impressive choreography from Kenny Ortega make this the historical dance film of the century.  If you ever have the chance to see Newsies on Broadway, do it. You won’t regret it (and the Broadway version is even better than the film).

Mad Hot Ballroom 

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Dance Style:

Ballroom

Favorite Scene:

All of them

Why We Love It:

A documentary about kids in the New York Public School System learning and competing in ballroom is all we could ever ask for.

West Side Story 

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Dance Style:

Musical

Favorite Scene:

“Prologue” and “America”

Why We Love It:

This movie is golden. It’s the classic “Romeo and Juliet” storyline but with a twist and it takes place in 1950s New York. Over fifty years later and West Side Story is still proving itself relevant because the topic of immigration will always be relevant. The world would be a better place if people used Jets vs. Sharks dance battles to solve conflicts.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 

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Dance Style:

Latin

Favorite Scene:

Dance Practice montage (set to “Hips Don’t Lie (Remix)”)

Why We Love It:

An American girl moves to Cuba during the revolution and falls in love with dance and a local. This film is the Dirty Dancing story with cheaper sets and a cheesier script, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it. You’ll be signing up for a Latin dance class and ready to book a trip somewhere down south faster than you can say “Havana Nights”. Warning: Patrick Swayze’s cameo will make your heart hurt.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 

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Dance Style:

1980s

Favorite Scene:

DTV Dance Off

Why We Love It:

Last, but definitely not least, is one of our all-time favorite 80’s movies. This film is pure fun and those of us who went to private/uniform high schools can relate to the #Struggle that the girls in this movie face. Strong female friendship, young Sarah Jessica Parker, and distinctly 80’s hair and makeup make this perfect for any dorm room slumber party.

 

Photo by Cassie Howard 

Alexa Goins

Editorial Contributor, Asbury University Major: Journalism with minors in French and Public Relations Her heart belongs to: Jesus Christ, France, concert-going and her dog, Jake. Her guilty pleasures: Driving her stick shift VW with the top down on a sunny day, boy bands and watching The Bachelor shamelessly.

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