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Dance Movies

A Chorus Line (1985): This film is a look into the life of a classic jazz dancer who is auditioning for a part in the Broadway show. A director is casting dancers for a large production from numbers of dancers who audition. As the competition gets harder and is narrow to a few dancers who compete for spots in the production. Rated PG-13

All That Jazz (1979): Directed, written and choreographed by Bob Fosse, who depicts his own life story as a womanizing and drug-using, jazz dancer. Rated R

Billy Elliot (2000): A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected adoration of dance and the collapse of his family. Rated PG-13

Body Rock (1984): Chilly (Lorenzo Lamas) has a talent for break-dancing. When his moves catch notice of an industry professional, Chilly finds his dreams of fame and riches coming true, for better or for worse. Rated PG-13

Breakin’ (1984): A struggling young jazz dancer (Lucinda Dickey) meets up with two break-dancers and they grow to be the sensation of the street crowds. Rated PG

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogoloo (1984): A developer tries to tear down a neighborhood recreation center to build on. The local kids and break-dancers try to stop it. Rated PG

Bring it On (2000): Starring Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku and Gabrielle Union. A champion high school cheerleading/dance squad discovers its prior captain stole all their top routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to battle at this year's championships. Rated PG-13

Burn the Floor (1999): An explosive voyage through dance featuring several of the world's champion ballroom and Latin dancers. Rated PG-13

Cabaret (1972): Directed by Bob Fosse, starring Liza Minelli. An American cabaret dancer, working at the downtown "Kit-Kat club" where anything goes on the stage, comes into contact with several characters that take her on a journey. Rated PG

Center Stage (2000): Starring Amanda Schull, Ethan Stiefel, Sasha Radetsky and Zoe Saldana and featuring Julie Kent. A story of a young ballet dancer who follows her dreams and gets into the American Ballet Academy of New York (that feeds into New York’s finest ballet company). Her trials and hardships in dance and in her love life take her on a journey… A must see for ballet lovers. Rated PG-13

Damn Yankees! (1958): Starring Gwen Verdon, a Washington Senators fan who makes a pact with the Devil to help his baseball squad win the league pennant. Rated PG

Dance Academy (1988): Choreographed by Dennon and Sayhber Rawles. Vince stumbles into a dance school, when he becomes entranced and joins. The school's manager, is about to throw him out for shenanigans when Moon, the school's unruly new jazz instructor, vouches for him. Rated PG

Dance With Me (1998): Vanessa Williams, Chayanne, and Kris Kristofferson star. A Cuban boy comes to America to meet his dancer father, who has no idea he exists. Rated PG

Dancemaker (1999): A documentary about dancing students that unravel the hardships of dance as a profession. Rated PG

Dancers (1987): Allesandra Ferri and Mikhail Baryshnikov star in this drama about the life of dancers as they embark on a romance. Rated PG

Danzòn (1991): Julia (Maria Rojo) is a telephone operator who divides her time between her career, her daughter and the Danzòn: a Cuban dance that is very popular in Mexico and Central America. Rated PG-13

Dirty Dancing (1987): A classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray. Spending the summer in camp with her family, Frances ('Baby') falls head over heels for the dancing instructor. A must see for all dance lovers. Rated PG-13

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004): Part two to the classic “Dirty Dancing”. An American girl and her parents arrive in Cuba right before the Revolution breaks out. She meets a local boy who instantly notices her dancing abilities and romances her. But as Castro's forces are forcing Americans to leave the country, will she stay or will she go? Rated PG-13

Do You Wanna Dance? (1999): A comedy about a poor boy who aims to win over a well-to-do girl despite her parents' opposition (in the background of modern and traditional Greek dancing). Rated PG-13

Fame (1980): At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, students get expert training that often leads to success as dancers, singers, etc. This movie follows four students from the moment they audition to get into the school, through the time they graduate. Rated R

Fast Forward (1985): A musical about eight dancers from Ohio, who come to New York, to compete in a major talent competition... Rated PG

Flamenco (1975): A close-up look at the passionate and hard working life of Flamenco Dancers. Rated PG-13

Flashdance (1983): A struggling Pittsburgh woman with two occupations as a welder and an exotic dancer wants to get into ballet school. Rated R

Footloose (1984): Starring Kevin Bacon, Ariel Moore and featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. A city boy comes to a small religious town where rock music and dancing have been forbidden and banned. Rated R

Hairspray (2007): Starring John Travolta, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Britney Snow and newcomer Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad. Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Rated PG

Honey (2003): Starring Jessica Alba. Honey (Alba) is a sexy, tough music video choreographer who’s life is shaken up after her mentor gives her an ultimatum: sleep with him or be blacklisted in the dance industry. Rated PG-13

How She Move (2007): Following her sister's passing away from drugs, a high school student is forced to depart her private school to go back to her old, crime-filled neighborhood where she reawakens an dubious passion for step dancing. Rated PG-13

Lambada (1990): Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills teacher by day and a mystery man by night who uses Lambada dance moves to first earn the school kid's respect, in order to teach them academics. But when a jealous student exposes Kevin's dual life, his two worlds crash, threatening his employment and reputation. Rated PG-13

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005): A documentary about the students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition. Rated PG

Planet B-Boy (2008): A documentary. A look at the history of break-dancing’s influencing urban cultures around the world. Unrated

Rize (2005): A documentary. Rize chronicles one of the newest forms of original dance that arises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street moves. Rated PG-13

Roll Bounce (2005): Starring Bow Wow and Nick Cannon: a film with the backdrop of the 1970s roller-skating rival kids at the local rink. Rated PG-13

Roseland (1977): "Roseland" is made up of three intertwining stories, all set in the renowned New York dance palace with one thing in common: finding the right dance partner.

Salsa (1988): A movie that is all about Salsa, passion and performing. Rated PG

Saturday Night Fever (1977): Starring John Travolta. A young Brooklyn man feels his only opportunity to get somewhere is as king of the disco dance floor. Rated R

Save the Last Dance (2001): Starring Julie Stiles and Derek Reynolds. A white Mid-western girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side wi

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