In the 2005 film adaptation of the classic Jane Austen story, Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen play the story’s protagonists, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, respectively. The dancing scene at the ball is a fan favorite because it illustrates the dynamics of their complex relationship.
The dance moves, their biting dialogue, and the undeniable romantic tension between the two make it hard to look away. Things get even tenser when the background changes and suddenly it’s just the two of them dancing together. The scene is somehow nuanced yet explosive with emotion at the same time.
The Final Showcase in “Step Up”
Many know “Step Up'' as the film that introduced us to the national treasure that is Channing Tatum, and also as the film where Channing met his future (but sadly now ex) wife, Jenna Dewan. The two play dancers from different sides of the track, who come together to perform in a show that will determine their professional dance future.
While the movie has many truly impressive dance numbers (some seriously steamy!), this hip-hop-meets-ballet dance is truly amazing. Though Channing and Jenna’s marriage didn’t last, this scene will certainly live on.
Crowds Dancing to “Fame” in the Film “Fame”
Show up outside of a high school for performing arts blasting powerful ‘80s jams from a boombox and you get, well, one of the most famous dance scenes ever captured on film. This 1980 film made all of us want to stop traffic to dance to the infectious beat.
Try not to cry as you see how proud Bruno’s seemingly rough taxi-driving father is of his son’s music as he gets everyone to dance, even getting into a fight with a truck driver. It can’t get more New York than this scene!
Disco Dancing Scene in “Boogie Nights”
Though the film “Boogie Nights” dealt with some pretty heavy and graphic content, it also included one of the best disco dance scenes. Wearing his best ‘70s garb, Mark Wahlberg’s character shows off his seriously impressive disco moves on the dance floor as he soon attracts a throng of female dancers.
While we knew Mark was a talented rapper, who knew the guy could boogie like that? Everything from the dance moves to the costumes makes the scene feel very authentic and brings a light moment into an otherwise darker film.
The Cast of “Hairspray” Performing “You Can't Stop the Beat”
This musical and the film adaptation deal with some pretty serious subjects. However, the film’s uplifting music and inspirational characters leave audiences knowing that if they work together, they can achieve anything.
No scene describes that uplifting message more than the movie’s musical number for the song “Can’t Stop the Beat.” The song’s powerful lyrics, energetic dance moves, and stereotype-defying and diverse performers make this dance sequence truly amazing. Try not to get up and dance when you hear this song!