From the moment viewers are introduced to the rivaling teenage street gangs known as the Sharks and the Jets, “West Side Story” manages to touch on ethnic tensions and teenage love with unforgettable songs and dance sequences.
At the gym, audiences see how the two warring factions channel their anger into dance and we can feel the tension in the room at an almost uncomfortable level. That is until we see the film’s protagonists Tony and Maria meet. Though tense, their subtle interaction makes this scene all so special.
Nina’s Final Transformation in “Black Swan”
Dancing isn’t all pink tulle and classical music. The film “Black Swan” explored the darker side of the ballet world. In the movie, Natalie Portman plays a ballerina named Nina pushing herself to the brink as she prepares for her role in the classic show Swan Lake.
Nina’s descent into madness is fully illustrated in the scene in which Nina’s hallucinations make her believe she’s actually turning into a black swan. The scene is both beautiful and terrifying at the same time — themes explored throughout the movie.
Elvis Performing “Jailhouse Rock” in the Film “Jailhouse Rock”
Leave it to rock and roll legend Elvis Presley to somehow make jail seem a bit more enjoyable with his prison-themed film, “Jailhouse Rock”. In the film, Elvis plays a musically-inclined, and dashingly-handsome inmate.
Though Elvis’ character sings several songs throughout the film, it's his performance of “Jailhouse Rock” that is often called the icon’s “greatest moment on-screen.” With his signature swag and unmistakable dance moves, it's hard to not want to break out some moves of your own after watching his performance.
Ann Miller’s Provocative Dance in “Kiss Me Kate”
There's a reason why Ann Miller is considered such a musical legend. Like in many of her roles, in “Kiss Me, Kate,” Ann manages to sing, act, and tap dance, all while looking effortlessly amazing!
In her dance sequence for “Too Darn Hot”, Anne wears a tight, shimmery, fringed, hot pink number as she tapdances around the room. If her revealing outfit wasn’t enough to send temperatures soaring in the scene, the song's flirty lyrics and her even flirtier performance make this one of the raciest scenes in the ‘50s.
Final Performance in “Stomp the Yard”
After a traumatic event, DJ Williams is sent to Georgia to attend a university where he joins a fraternity called Theta, as well as joins their stepping team. Known as stepping or step-dancing, stepping involves a person using footwork, hand-clapping, and vocals to create a unique rhythm.
Like in real step competitions, DJ soon finds himself in a heated step-dancing battle between two fraternities. Using real step dancers and actors, the film is noted for its accuracy and realistic depiction of this unique form of dance.