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.
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.
John Travolta Dancing to “You Should Be Dancing” in “Saturday Night Fever”
It takes a lot of swagger to make a polyester suit look appealing. In "Saturday Night Fever," John made us all want to get out on the dance floor and shake what our mama gave us to some of the biggest disco hits.
While the film has several memorable dance scenes, our favorite has to be John’s solo takeover of the floor as he boogies to the Bee Gees’s “You Should Be Dancing”. After seeing him strut, we don’t need any further motivation!
The Bollywood Twist at the End of “Slumdog Millionaire”
The award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” is a powerful story about love and destiny. And no scene captures the intensity of the film as much as the musical number played during the ending credits.
The song “Jai Ho,” which roughly translates to “let there be victory,” features the film's protagonists as they dance using traditional Bollywood moves in a train station. After going on such a powerful emotional journey with the characters, seeing them break out into song and dance is a memorable way to end the film.