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My Friday Five – Dances in Films


My Friday Five

This Saturday, I’m going to a Dirty Dancing Quote-a-Long so I thought, “Hey, what better way to kick off this weekly business thing than with a post celebrating dances in films?” It was a lot harder than I expected to pick five dances that I felt I could watch over and over. And over. And over again. But here they are.

Honorable Mention – “Anywhere” from Magic Mike XXL

I was close – so very close to having just a top five list, and the five scenes below are the cream of the crop for me. However, I felt the need to have this finale from Magic Mike XXL as a bonus. It’s still too new for me to figure out if it will bump anything off the following list, but the mirror movements (not to mention the sexiness) in the choreography below is to die for.

#5 – “Ländler” from The Sound of Music

There’s just something so beautiful in this particular dance. It’s fun yet regal to begin with, but when you add in the facial expressions from Captain von Trapp and Maria, well, it’s just absolutely swoon-worthy, isn’t it?

#4 – “Rockefeller Skank” prom dance from She’s All That

She’s All That opened in theaters when I was a freshmen in high school, so seeing the dancing during prom in this movie was THE coolest thing ever. We all tried to do the dance, but I feel like the majority of my friends and I only succeeded in learning parts of it. As a bonus, everyone got to see Usher as a DJ.

#3 – “Higher Ground” from Center Stage

I have a great love for this movie. Picking just one dance for my list was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, but here it is. While I love “Canned Heat” aka the red pointe shoes finale of the movie, I have a personal attachment to the choreography that is seen in this jazz scene. I still know much of it.

#2 – “El Tango de Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge

I love tango. I love THIS tango. Tango is passion and anger and love and hate and jealousy all rolled into one dance. The men in this and her fluidity in switching dance partners. All of this is YES.

#1 – “Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing

I’m not going to lie – I waffled on whether or not this would be #1. And then I realized I was an idiot for thinking it wouldn’t have the top spot on this list. This is why dances in films are choreographed. This is why dance films are made.

My Friday Five is a weekly blog post where I ramble on various topics and give a Top 5 list. Feel free to send in Friday Five topics by commenting, e-mailing me, or letting me know on Twitter!


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