Before Baz Luhrmann was synonymous with million-dollar Hollywood musicals, the Australian director made his directorial debut with the film “Strictly Ballroom.” The film, inspired by Baz’s own training as a dancer, quickly became a fan favorite.
One of the film’s most memorable scenes is when, despite the many attempts to sabotage their performance, competitors Scott and Fran still manage to dazzle the audience with their Flamenco-inspired routine. Scott, played by actual dancer Paul Mercurio, and his partner’s moves are so graceful yet powerful.
Gene Kelly Performing “Singin' in the Rain” From “Singin' in the Rain”
From forgetting to bring an umbrella to trying not to slip on slippery streets, most of us have trouble just walking in the rain, let alone singing and dancing in it. In the classic 1952 film, “Singin’ in the Rain”, Gene Kelly doesn’t miss a beat while dancing under the downpour.
Between stomping in huge puddles and twirling his umbrella around, Gene ignoring the stormy weather brings a smile to our faces. It’s no wonder this scene is one of the most famous scenes in a Hollywood musical.
The Girls Performing Their “Water Dance” in “Coyote Ugly”
Who didn’t dream of leaving everything behind to work in one of New York City’s rowdiest bars after watching “Coyote Ugly”? Far from the elegant ballroom dancing in most flicks, this film showed us dance’s wilder side.
Viewers watched as “Jersey”, played by Piper Perabo, conquers her stage fright in the messiest way — getting absolutely drenched as she and the bar's other performers get wet and wild to Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” (yes, the dance is just as raunchy as you'd expect). We just want to know how no one slipped!
Dance Battle in “House Party”
Though there have been countless movies about teens getting up to no good when their parents are out of town, the 1990 film “House Party” is unique because of its depiction of early ‘90s hip hop and freestyling culture.
The film’s most famous scene of course has to be when Kid and Play (members of the hip hop group Kid’ n Play) get into a dance-off with two female party guests to the song “Not My Type of Hype.” The dance moves, fashion, and sheer energy make this scene a special moment as it captures a culture and dance not usually shown in previous films.
Library Dance in “The Breakfast Club”
What do you do when you’re stuck in seemingly endless detention? You have a wild dance session to help pass the time. In the ‘80s classic hit film, “The Breakfast Club”, five teenagers from vastly different cliques are brought together as they serve detention one Saturday.
Though the movie is a classic, the dance scene involves the film’s characters throwing an impromptu dance party in the library. While we don’t remember detention being that fun, this scene proves that sometimes dance can bring the least-expected friends together.