As I type, I am currently listening to the latest release of Zumba music and nursing two incredibly sore legs, which are the result of three hours of salsa dancing classes last night – so, since I’m already having a pretty dancey day, it’s only fitting that I celebrate International Dance Day with its very own special post.
Any of my friends who read this blog will know that I am totally OBSESSED when it comes to dancing. I watch Strictly Come Dancing every week without fail, I am the first to watch every dance film, and I’ve recently started salsa dancing classes so that I can stop trying to copy dance routines from Youtube. With this in mind, I thought that I would share with you my top 15 movie dance scenes of all time. So, without further ado, enjoy!
15. Save The Last Dance – End Scene
I won’t lie. Part of the reason that I’ve rekindled my love for this movie is because Kerry Washington is in it. Obsessed much? But regardless, the dancing is kind of amazing. I love Julia Stiles, and her transformation from awkward ballet dancer to a hip hop queen is pretty damn cool.
14. 500 Days Of Summer – You Make My Dreams
Do you ever get those moments where you build something up in your mind, and the reality is a horrible anti-climax? This is one of those times. This clip was more epic in my head, but it still makes me exceptionally happy AND it knew how to pull off a flash mob before flash mobs were cool. Ever since this movie – which I actually didn’t enjoy, just for the record – I can’t hear Hall & Oates without starting to skip.
13. Love Actually – Hugh Grant ‘Jump’ Scene
This one isn’t even a dance movie, so I’m bending the rules slightly. Are we really complaining? It might be a Christmassy movie, but I always have time for Hugh Grant shimmying down a staircase. Who wouldn’t?
12. Moulin Rouge – El Tango De Roxanne
I love Moulin Rouge. I positively ADORE the Argentine Tango. This was a marriage made in heaven. This dance is so passionate, and I love watching them react to each other. And it mightn’t have anything to do with dance, but Ewan McGregor’s voice makes me go a little weak at the knees.
11. The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Living Room Routine
This literally makes me cry with happiness and I don’t care if that makes me a sad sap! What do you get when you combine the wonder woman that is Emma Watson with an eighties classic? This beauty of a routine. This is typically me in my living room, especially when I’m choreographing Zumba routines.
10. Hairspray – You Can’t Stop The Beat
Again, this is more of a musical than a dance movie, but it’s one that’s close to my heart. Why? It was the very first movie that I saw on the West End, and the start of my love affair with London musicals. I hadn’t even seen the movie at this point, but I have watched it many times since, so it still counts.
9. Footloose – End Scene
I’ve held back with this one on the countdown, because it is a little bit of a cliche. But, not only is it amazing, I also have a Zumba routine to this song, so it absolutely has to go in. Also, can we get a shoutout for the interiors and decorations in this barn? Wedding inspiration right here.
8. Dirty Dancing – Hungry Eyes Scene
There isn’t one part of this film that I don’t love, but I have newfound love for this scene in particular. Why? Because Baby’s attempts to pick up this routine is literally me when I have to learn an advanced move at salsa.
7. Footloose – Willard Learns To Dance
This warms the cockles of my heart. Whatever cockles are. It actually makes me cry with pride when he goes from awkward to amazeballs. Go Willard, Go Willard!
6. Step Up – Til The Dawn
This is another one of THOSE songs. You know, the ones that I’ve attempted multiple times in my living room. It’s such a fun routine, and the chemistry between Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum is unreal.
5. Take The Lead – Morgan and Pierre Tango
Admit it – you HATE snobby, rich girl Morgan in Take The Lead until you realised that she was Katya Virshilas from Strictly Come Dancing. At least, I did anyway. But regardless of the fact that I hated her, it’s impossible to deny that this Tango scene is sexy as hell. And, while we’re on the subject, see that girl at the end? That’s Jenna Dewan, the wholesome ballet dancer from Step Up, embracing her inner city girl.
4. Step Up – End Scene
Wow. Just wow. I don’t even have words for this one.
3. Footloose – Fake ID
Going to a club like this is absolutely on my bucket list. And just to feed my jealousy, my Canadian friend actually lives near to one just like it (or at least, that’s what’s in my head when she tells me she’s going to The Ranch). This routine just makes my heart happy, and it embraces the country girl inside of me that is just dying to get out. And, just to clarify, when I say country, I don’t mean a jive with the Young Farmers, I mean real, honest-to-goodness, Nashville country.
2. Dirty Dancing – Time Of My Life
It might be a cliche, but who could resist this dance? It’s not even the lift that I adore; it’s that little part where he makes his way up the aisle looking all gorgeous and suave. I live in hope that if I keep on salsa dancing, my own Patrick Swayze will walk in some of these days.
1. Shall We Dance – J-Lo and Richard Gere Tango Scene
This was the moment that I fell in love with dance movies, and has been my favourite ever since. I was 11, I was going on a school trip at like 3AM the next day and my mum and I stayed up all night watching this movie. At first I turned my nose up at Richard Gere, but by this point I was totally captivated, and so began my love affair with dance. It still gives me goosebumps. And that music is incredibly sexy too, so there’s that.
What are your favourite dance scenes? Share in the comments!