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15 Dance movies to get your inner dancer moving

Everyone wishes that they could dance! Whether you love binge watching Dance Moms and seeing the amazing moves of the young kids (while loving to hate Abby), or you get a kick out of watching celebrities on the latest Strictly, we love watching the graceful movements. Will get inspired to put your own dance shoes on with these 15 fantastic dance-themed films!

Black Swan (2010)


IMDB Score 8/10
This dark psychological thriller is set in the world of ballet and a young dancer, played by Natalie Portman, whose life is spinning out of control due to the high-pressure environment. Portman is matched in her performance by Mila Kunis, a young rival, and Winona Ryder, a washed-up prima ballerina. While descent into madness sits at the heart of tis story, it is also a beautiful piece of ballet.

Billy Elliot (2000)


IMDB Score 7.7/10
Starring a young Jamie Bell in the titular role, the film is about a young boy who wants to be a dancer in the very masculine environment of the 1980s English coal miner’s strike. It is an uplifting story of finding yourself, family, and acceptance, and has some incredibly cute dance routines to boot. Definitely a bit of a tear-jerker.

Grease (1978)


IMDB Score 7.2/10
A movie that really needs no introduction, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, this musical defined a generation. Two people from different worlds fall in love for a summer, and then unexpectedly find themselves at the same high school. Can they make their relationship work, while also dancing their way through memorable songs? Of course in the end the woman completely transforms herself to get the man, not sure this is a good life lesson for our daughters.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)


IMDB Score 7.1/10

An Australian film about the world of ballroom dancing starring a Paul Mercurio (Australians know who). He plays a ballroom dancer from an elite dancing family who finds himself partnering up with an unlikely woman, plated by Tara Morice, as he looks to go beyond the restrictive riles of the competition circuit. Directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann, that is a clear indicator of how visually spectacular this film is.

Dirty Dancing (1987)


IMDB Score 7/10
The movie that made Patrick Swayze, and to a lesser extent Jennifer Grey, household names. This is a love story about a young woman who falls in love with a charismatic dance instructor at a holiday resort. The relationship sparks her love of dance, and forces her to make the transition from child to adult.

Centre Stage (2000)


IMDB Score 6.7/10
A young ballerina with a difference finds herself competing for recognition at an elite ballet school, while also balancing her commitment to her art with a desire to find her own adult life. The film stars talented dancer Amanda Schull in the main role, and we also see early performances from Zoe Saldana and Susan May Pratt.

Hairspray (2007)


IMDB Score 6.6/10
A film adaptation of the popular stage show featuring an all-star cast including Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, James Marsden, Brittany Snow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah and even John Travolta. Set in the world of dance, it looks at prejudice and the ability to break the mould.

Fame (1988)


IMDB Score 6.6/10
A musical about a group of teens attending a performing arts school as they try to develop their talent and make their way in the business. The film is episodic, starting with their auditions to enter the school, and then featuring stories from each of their years of study. The ensemble cast includes Irene Cara, Lee Curreri, Laura Dean and Antonia Franceschi, all of whom went on to have successful stage careers.

Step Up (2006)


IMDB Score 6.5/10
The first film in the now popular franchise series, it stars Channing Tatum and Henna Dewan, who famously fell in love on set. Dewan is at an elite dance school, and Tatum dances on the street. Fate throes the two together as they are partnered for a showcase, and they discover what they can learn from each other, both growing as dancers and as people.

Flashdance (1983)


IMDB Score 6.2/10
Jennifer Beals stars in this film about a nightclub dancer who dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, many of the sequences were filmed like music videos, and the movie had a huge influence on subsequent dance films from the 1980s. The soundtrack was probably more successful than the film itself with Flashdance… What A Feeling, becoming a particular hit.

Save the Last Dance (2001)


IMDB Score 6.2/10
A filmed to show off the dance skill of upcoming actress Julia Stiles, she did mots of her own dancing in the film. She plays an aspiring ballerina who finds herself starting at a new school after the death of her mother. There she falls for a street dancer and gets involved in an interracial relationship with causes tensions. Meanwhile she is still trying to pursue her dream of become a dancer, while finding her confidence again as she deals with her grief.

Bring It On (2000)


IMDB Score 6/10
While cheerleading isn’t really dancing, this is still sure to be a favourite with fans of the genre. Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union star. One school has been dominating the cheerleading competitions, only to discover that their routines have been stolen from a more disadvantaged school. They aren’t taking it any more, and the fight is on.

Footloose (1984)


IMDB Score 5.9/10
In this film Kevin Bacon, a young Kevin Bacon, plays a teenager from Chicago who finds himself in a small town where a local pastor has caused dancing to be banned. Loosely based on actual events from a rural community, Bacon’s character brings a bit of anarchy and spirit to the town, which manages to find its soul again.

Honey (2003)


IMDB Score 5.3/10
A vehicle film for a young Jessica Alba as she transformed from TV to film starlet, she plays a young dancer trying to make it. She finds a patron who helps her get parts in music videos, and even choreography jobs, but at what cost. How much of herself will she have to sacrifice to make it in the business.

You Got Served (2004)


IMDB Score 3.8/10
It is likely that only a fan of the dance genre will be able to enjoy this film! Starring a real street hip hop dance group, it follows them as they perform in an underground street dance competition. But in order to earn money to keep the group afloat, some members are involved in drug dealing, which leaves them in a complicated situation.

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