Friday, July 9, 2010

Top 5 Dance flicks

List by Karalisa

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"
- Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty dancing'

From Grease in 1978 to the 2005 film Step Up, these movies will have your blood pumping. Don't be surprised if you feel the inclination to enrol in a dance class (or wish you didn't have two left feet) after these.

Honourable mention:
Dirty Dancing - no longer held by Manukau Libraries
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights - recently marked 'Missing'

Step up - starring Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff
Tyler is a rebel from the wrong side of Baltimore¹s tracks. The only thing that stands between him and an unfulfilled life are his dreams of one day making it out of there. Nora is a privileged ballet dancer attending an elite school of dance in Baltimore. The only thing standing in the way of her brilliant future is finding a great dance partner for her senior showcase. When trouble with the law lands Tyler with a community service gig at Maryland School of the Arts, he arrives as an angry outsider, until his skills as a gifted street dancer draw Nora¹s attention. With sparks flying on and off stage, Tyler realizes he has just one performance to prove that he can step up to a life far larger than he ever imagined.

Strictly Ballroom - starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomas, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, Barry Otto
Scott Hastings is a champion calibre ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckly who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!"

Flashdance - starring Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri
Follow Alex's struggle to gain independence, find love, and realise her dream to dance at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance.

Footloose - starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow
Ren McCormick finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing - and therefore all youthful joy - has been banned. Ren revolts with best friend Willard and the minister's daughter.

Grease - starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
Musical about the romance between a teen-age gang-leader and his naive girlfriend, set in the 1950's.


icanhasblogburger said...

guuurl! imma let you finish but Step Up 2 is one of the best ridiculous dance flicks of all time


catatonia said...

I liked Step Up 2 more than #1 but I have to admit, I only liked #1 because it had Channing Tatum (I'm so shallow). It was one of those 'watch on mute' films for me. Step Up 2 had good music. I've also seen 'How she move' featuring Rutina Wesley from True Blood. Hmm...

Donna said...

How about Xanadu? It's got some wonderful dance sequences (Gene Kelly even!)

and Rize made me a krumping fan.

catatonia said...

HI Donna - oh yes! Xanadu - Olivia Newton John and Jeff Beck. I remember that film. In fact, I think my sister had a copy. She's a fan of the soundtrack ;) What a shame we don't hold the dvd. How could I forget 'Rize'? That was brilliant! And, while we're on the subject of dance documentaries, I'd also recommend 'Mad hot ballroom.'