List of Best Dance Films

Here is our list of dance films that get us stoked about busting a move!

Center Stage

Ballet students at the “best dance school in the country” struggle with different aspects of their tough training and figure out how to dance the way they want to. Features principal dancers from the American Ballet Theatre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6G-2jnVkIg

Save the Last Dance

High school student played by Julia Stiles gives up dance when her mother dies and is encouraged to start again when she falls for a guy at her new school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhAxDeSxYbQ

Flashdance

80s leotards and big hair. She is a welder and she’s a maniac.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsZIO-vmn3c

Footloose

The little town that banned dancing gets a turnaround when bad boy with wicked moves Kevin Bacon steals the heart of the preacher’s daughter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nSXtZPKms4

Step Up

When I fell in love with Channing Tatum. He vandalizes a performing arts school and ends up with the chance to dance with the top dancer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0t9rMxTjBo

Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Watch the last scene over and over and over. Set in the 60s with 80s charm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x43vK0k6A2I

West Side Story

Effortless dancing, classic story, not to be missed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ClSABkDp8

Billy Elliot

The sweetest story ever of a little boy who wants to be a ballet dancer, against his coal-mining father’s wishes. Thick accents and second hand smoke warning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0tTT_87Hh8

Magic Mike

Matthew McConaughey gets super honorable mention for this. It is sick in the best way possible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHGJ7n_S0Wk

The Company

Canadian Neve Campbell stars in this film that stars Joffrey Ballet dancers and gives a behind the scenes look at life in a ballet company

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1jR9j6Xr40

 

 

Honorable mentions for our list of dance films

  • Frances Ha

Quirky film following a young apprentice dancer trying to make it and figure out her path. Not so much a dance movie as a rite of passage into adulthood movie but has some great dance moments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBn5dgXFMis

  • City Ballet on AOL

Sarah Jessica Parker narrates and produces this behind the scenes docudrama on New York City Ballet. Episodes are less than ten minutes each for those of us with short attention spans.

http://on.aol.com/show/cityballet-517887470/episode/517997019?icid=aolhomepage_rightrail