It’s no surprise that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are often considered the greatest dancing duo in cinematic history. The pair’s undeniable chemistry and dancing skills made them stars in the early days of Hollywood.
One dance scene, in particular, is often considered a favorite — the “Cheek to Cheek” scene in “Top Hat.” From the delightful lyrics about how happy Fred’s character is to be up close to his beau, to Ginger’s amazing feathered frock, the whole performance is nothing short of magical.
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.
Big Bounce Finals in “You Got Served”
Though films showcasing dance-offs were commonplace during the early 2000s, one of the most well-known dance dramas has to be 2004’s “You Got Served.” From star cameos featuring Lil’ Kim and choreographer to the stars Wade Robson, the film included a genuinely talented cast.
Audiences watched as the dancers prepared for the ultimate street dancing competition — "Big Bounce" only to reach a tie. The film's final and most memorable scene features Lil Saints breaking the tie with some seriously incredible moves. We can’t imagine how much the dancers practiced for this scene!
The Latin Ballroom Contest in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”
Combining the same level of romantic tension and serious talent as the original “Dirty Dancing”, this film takes place in Havana, Cuba the backdrop of the Cuban Revolution. American teen Katey falls for romantic Cuban dancer Javier, and the two soon become more than just dance partners.
Despite the scandal that their first appearance as a couple causes, the upbeat music and the chemistry between the two leads jumps off the screen as they begin competing toward the finals. This scene, before they reach their finals, is brimming with passion and sensuality.
“The Greatest Show” in “The Greatest Showman”
Based on the story of circus and entertainment pioneer, P.T. Barnum, the musical film “The Greatest Showman” is filled with extravagant dance numbers and original songs. While the emotional power ballad “This Is Me” won awards, the performance of “The Greatest Show” left audiences amazed.
Featuring Hugh Jackman’s powerful voice, fire-breathing performers, trapeze artists, and dancers, the scene leaves us feeling energized and makes a real feeling of showmanship. The sheer amount of talent in this scene is what makes it so truly memorable.