What dancer doesn’t own a dance movie collection? We love nothing more that to pick apart the dancing (sickled feet and all), bad choreography and unrealistic goals the main characters seem to achieve instantaneously. Some of these we love and some we love to hate. Here is out Top 10 List of Best/Worst dance movies and why we chose them:
10. CENTER STAGE. The 2000 film follows a group of students attending the American Ballet Academy in New York as they struggle to make it into the competitive and grueling world of dance. The cheesy and melodramatic movie — which threw around love triangles, bloody feet and eating disorders — did include some not bad dancing thanks to the four professional dancers, as well as a figure skater and ballet-trained Zoe Saldana, included in the cast. We have a soft spot for this movie and pretty sure have all secretly wanted red pointe shoes (just tie them properly next time kay?). Watch Trailer
9. SAVE THE LAST DANCE. Before the Step Up franchise exploded, this film combined classical dancing and street dancing and started the trend of dance flicks in the 2000s. Julia Stiles stars as an aspiring ballerina who moves to the other side of town where she discovers the world of hip-hop. This has got to be one of the worst. We like the soundtrack and all but Julia Stiles has no business dancing. We know how hard it is to get into Julliard and no way that freestyle Hip Hop/Ballet fusion got you in. Cause if it did, we all quit! Hands up if you’ve paused her sickled foot attitude and laughed and laughed and laughed…. Watch Trailer
8. HONEY. Jessica Alba stars in this hip-hop flick, which follows bartender/dance instructor Honey as she follows her dream to becoming a backup dancer, only to realize that she really just wants to teach kids how to dance. The film includes cameos from Missy Elliott and Jay-Z. This was filmed in Toronto! Not sure how many people even saw this movie but there are some Toronto dancers in it so its on our list! Plus we love Missy E. Watch Trailer
7. STEP UP. Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) has been in and out of trouble for most of his life and after finding himself before the judge again, he is sentenced to 200 hours of community service mopping floors at the Maryland School of the Arts. He quickly catches the eye of Nora (Jenna Dewan), a gifted ballet student, who is trying to use hip-hop moves with her classical routines. After some initial hesitation, Nora convinces Tyler to help her with her dance routines and the sparks fly. This move has some great Hip Hop and Break dancing but lets be honest why we really went to see this. Channing Tatum. Watch Trailer
Ditto for the franchises.
6. THE COMPANY. Loretta “Ry” Ryan (Neve Campbell) is an aspiring ballerina performing with the renowned Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. As she struggles with the demands of being a dancer, she also begins a relationship with the handsome Josh (James Franco), who isn’t involved in that insular world. The drama looks at the lives of others in the company, including the passionate artistic director, Alberto Antonelli (Malcolm McDowell), and features many actual Joffrey dancers. Aside from the weak plot, the dancing in this movie is probably the best we’ve seen in any Ballet based movie. Mainly because it featured real dancers and our very own Neve Campbell who (shame on you if you don’t know) went to National Ballet School of Canada and appeared in Ballets such as Cinderella and the Nutcracker before her injuries cut her dance career short and Neve took up acting. Watch Trailer
5. THE BLACK SWAN. Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller was one of the most celebrated films of 2010, earning five Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her portrayal of Nina, a perfectionist ballerina who slowly loses her sanity when her role as the Black Swan in “Swan Lake” becomes a reality. Though Portman’s body-double claimed to do most of the dancing, Portman not only endured vigorous training with choreographer (and fiancé) Benjamin Millepied, but also lost 20 pounds for the role. This was an incredible movie. The acting and the cinematography plus the dark theme of it all left us all speechless. Love it! Watch Trailer (Parental Discretion Advised)
4. DIRTY DANCING. Even though we didn’t want to get into the world of ballroom dance. This is a must see. If you live on this earth and have not seen Dirty Dancing, you have not lived. Go download it now and don’t come back until you can quote half the movie. “Nobody puts baby in the corner!” Watch Trailer
3. FLASHDANCE. Yet another MUST SEE if you can even call yourself a dancer. No 80’s party is compete without at least one person dressing up as Jennifer Beals from FLASHDANCE. A Pittsburgh woman with two jobs as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. Just that premise alone makes us wonder how was this okay for us to watch as kids? Oh the 80’s, anything goes. Watch Trailer
2. BILLY ELLIOT. The life of 11-year-old Billy Elliot, a coal miner’s son in Northern England, is forever changed one day when he stumbles upon a ballet class during his weekly boxing lesson. Before long, he finds himself in dance, demonstrating the kind of raw talent seldom seen by the class’ exacting instructor, Mrs. Wilkinson. With a tart tongue and a never-ending stream of cigarettes in her hand, Mrs. Wilkinson’s zest for teaching is revived when she sees Billy’s potential. An inspirational and a feel-good movie. Language warning! @#$%& Watch Trailer
1. SINGING IN THE RAIN. (1952) One of the most beloved musicals of all time. Co-director Stanley Donen, together with dancer and star-choreographer Gene Kelly, gave us a charming, up-beat, graceful and thoroughly enjoyable experience with great songs and wonderful dances. Whatever happened to tap since then? It’s one of the few dance styles that can be taught at any age and yet it still hasn’t made a come back. Someone should do something about that. This iconic movie will always put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. <3 Watch Trailer
Thank you to whoever made this video. Our goal is to watch every movie!
Hope you enjoyed this article. If we missed your favorite dance movie, email us and we will add it to our next list!
References used for this post:
IMBD and Wikipedia.