We are all spending a bit more time at home right now and it is the perfect opportunity to re-watch our favorite dance films and to experience some of the classic movie musicals we’ve never gotten the chance to see. With the help of our social media followers, we’ve comprised a list of films featuring pretty stellar dancing. So, pass the popcorn and get inspired with your own dance movie marathon!
“42nd Street” (1933) With musical numbers by Busby Berkeley, this black-and-white film is a true musical theater classic.
“Top Hat” (1935) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in all their elegant glory. Need we say more?
“The Red Shoes” (1948) A ballerina is torn between her romantic relationship and her desire to dance. #relatable
“On the Town” (1949) Three sailors dock in New York for a 24-hour adventure in the big city.
“An American in Paris” (1951) Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron are just très magnifique!
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) We’d recommend saving this heartwarming movie for a rainy day – It’s sure to bring a smile to your face!
“The Band Wagon” (1953) Cyd Charisse is the epitome of balletic grace and virtuosic prowess in “Girl Hunt Ballet.”
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954) We would not recommend attempting the “Barn Raising Dance” at home…But it sure is spectacular to watch!
“Funny Face” (1957) Audrey Hepburn’s bohemian dance is wild, quirky, and utterly adorable.
“West Side Story” (1961) We can’t wait for the new Steven Spielberg remake coming out later this year. Be sure to catch up on all the magic of the original 1961 film with choreo by the legendary Jerome Robbins.
“The Turning Point” (1977) Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, and Mikhail Baryshnikov star in this memorable ballet melodrama.
“Saturday Night Fever” (1977) John Travolta and some white bellbottoms. #fashion
“All That Jazz” (1979) This autobiographical Bob Fosse film gives us a look into the dark side of show business.
“Fame” (1980) This original high school musical documents the lives of students at the High School for Performing Arts from freshman through senior year.
“Flashdance” (1983) Alex is a steel mill worker by day and aspiring ballerina by night. Her unforgettable conservatory audition is #goals.
“Footloose” (1984) What’s a new kid to do in a town that has banned rock n’ roll music and dancing? Dance to rock n’ roll music of course!
“A Chorus Line” (1985) This film of the Broadway smash-hit gives an intimate look at individual dancers auditioning for a show.
“Dirty Dancing” (1987) We can’t listen to “I’ve Had the Time of my Life” without envisioning Johnny and Baby’s famous lift. Have any dancers out there tried it with a partner?
“Center Stage” (2000) It’s the 20th anniversary of this movie and we challenge you to learn this jazz combo in your living room!
“Chicago” (2002) Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones star as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in this award-winning film based on the Broadway show by the same name.
“Step Up” (2006) The unexpected happens when the school’s bad boy and prima ballerina decide to pair up for their senior showcase.
“La La Land” (2016) In this true modern-day movie musical, a jazz pianist and aspiring actress fall in love in the “city of stars,” Los Angeles.
What movies did we miss? Share your favorites in the comments section below!
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