The Best Dance Numbers in films

The other say I was talking with one of my friends and she was complaining that I see life as a musical and if anybody try to tell me something that I don’t want to hear they better break in a dance and a song. So in tribute to this friend I decide to create this list.

10. Love Actually (2003)

Prime Minister dance

Directed by Richard Curtis

This a great and natural scene in which Hug Grant (the Prime minister) dance from his bedroom to the stairs to Jump by the Pointer Sister. The scene do not have much sense in the plot but it is good and spontaneous.

9. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Directed by Baz Lurhmann

This is a great movie about the power of transformation of dance, turning an ugly duckling to a dancing swan .The scene is beautiful and perfectly directed just as Lurhmann can do.

8.  Beetle Juice (1988)

Dinner Scene

Directed by Tim Burton

This is an amazing and Funny scene when the ghost of Adam and Barbara Maitland poses the diner of the Deete family to lip-sync Day-O song (the Banana Boat Song), a traditional Jamaican song, in the voice of Harry Belafonte.

7. Footloose (1984)

Winner learn to Dance montage

Directed by Herbert Ross

A top grossing movie that emulate MTV’s video style. This movie is full of great dance scenes, that had become big part of popular culture. I decide to put my favorite scene of the movie, when Ren taught Willard to dance and to be honest even I  would learn to dance with Kevin Bacon. This montage goes to Let’s Hear it for the boys by Deniece Williams.

6. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Jai-Ho Scene (Final Scence)

Directed by Danny Boyle

This final scene is a tribute to Bollywood, a feel good end, bringing together Jamal Malik and Latika and even the death characters to dance in the platform to Jai Ho composed by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Gulzar.

5.  Risky Bussiness (1983)

Dance scene

Directed by Paul Brickman

Another uber famous dance scene, this scene has been copy until it’s not possible. Beside who can forget the movie that launch Tom Cruise to stardom, where we can see him floor sliding in just socks, a pink-stripped shirt and his tighty whities to Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.

4. Center Stage (2000)

This is a beautiful scene of an american ballet drama based in the book School of American Ballet, the movie had full cooperation of the American Ballet. This last dance sequence with 3 dancer mixing contemporary dance and classic Ballet (The Way yo make feel by Michael Jackson, the Swan lake suite  by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Canned Hart by Jamiroquai) this piece is beautifully dance by Ethan Stiefel (first dancer of the New York Balllet), Amanda Schull (member of the corps of San Francisco Ballet) and Sascha Radetsky (soloist of the American Ballet Theater)

3. Dirty Dancing (1987)

(I’ve Had) The time of your life

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Another great and legendary dance scene; this low budget movie had become of the most popular dance movies in history. Several scenes and dialogues had become reference points in culture (“Nobody put Baby in the corner”) and of course who can forget the scene of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” with a marvelous choreography of Kenny Ortega.

2. Billy Elliot (2000)

Christmas Dance

Directed by Stephen Daldry

This is the most beautiful dance movie, and this is a helluva of scene. Billy dance in this scene with such a feeling that prov his love for dance and his resilience against the England in which he leaves and the critics of his father.

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

Twist Contest Scene

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

This is the most famous dance scene ever made. The dance contest at the Jack Rabbit Slam restaurant in which Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) entered the twist contest. The best part is Travolta dancing the Batusi (The Batman Twist).

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