"There is no doubt that the epic ending dance scene in Dirty Dancing is definitely one of the most revered and memorable dance scenes in film"
Dancing has been a very important part of motion picture history since silent films graced the screens at theaters around the country. There are so many movies that depend on dancing to move the story forward, and still others feature dance as a main theme. Yet others including dancing to define and complement certain characters. Dance has many uses in film. Here is an eclectic list of movies that capture great dance moments.
There is no doubt that the epic ending dance scene in Dirty Dancing is definitely one of the most revered and memorable dance scenes in film. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey were simply magical dance partners. Did you know they have since made two Dirty Dancing inspired workouts? You, too, can learn those famous moves.
Michael Jackson displayed his one-of-a-kind dance movies in the 3D film, Captain EO. It’s a musical with a triumphant dance number by Michael to his hit song, “Another Part of Me.” This movie was made when he was at the height of his fame and success, and he seems euphoric and unbeatable in it. The dances will really captivate you.
We could never leave out the classic dance scene from Singin’ In The Rain. Gene Kelly himself also had a career of dancing in film, including in his last feature, Xanadu, in which he did a brilliant dance number with Olivia Newton-John to their song, ‘Whenever You’re Away From Me.”
In a movie that I do not believe is given enough credit for its depth beneath the rich humor, Practical Magic features a fun, although brief, impromptu dance scene with Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Stockard Channing, and Dianne Wiest in their pajamas before and during the downing of “midnight margaritas.” They move together in a natural and fun way, and these legends just jamming together are a treat to see.
Last, but certainly not least, was Madonna swing dancing like a dream in “A League of Their Own.” The other ladies on the ball team joined, and Rosie O’Donnell’s character also delivers a great performance on the dance floor. Madonna’s outrageous character really steals the show with her fast-paced dance moves as she flirts with the boys while swing dancing up a storm.
While it would take a book to truly include all the great dances ever captured in movies, here are a few to get you started in looking at some of the fun, funny, highly regarded, and always memorable dance scenes in motion pictures.