Whether it’s ballet or breakin’, we love dance at Birmingham Hippodrome.
At this time while we’re unable to present dance on our stages, we’ve put together an energetic (and wholly unscientific) countdown of the top 10 best dance scenes on film for you to enjoy at home.
10. Final Dance Scene from Flashdance (1983)
Nothing says the 1980s like Flashdance – the legwarmers, the leotard, the hair! After an initial stumble in her audition, our favourite welder-come-dancer stuns the judges with her electrifying routine. If this doesn’t make you want to bounce around the kitchen, nothing will.
9. Final Dance Scene from Step Up (2006)
Arguably THE definitive dance film, Step Up brought Channing Tatum to the world’s attention and made dance films a popular genre again. Its final (and best) dance scene boldly mixes street dance, ballet, contemporary and breakin’.
8. The Barn Dance from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
A colourful feast for the eyes, this athletic number is based on the polka, and packed with tricks, jumps, somersaults and spins as the brothers show off to their future brides.
7. More than a Woman from Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Who doesn’t want to strut their stuff on that light up dance floor? Whilst it’s certainly not the most technically demanding dance on this list, John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney radiate effortless cool and charisma in this nostalgic disco hustle.
6. Singin’ in the Rain from Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Gene Kelly stylishly splashes his way through puddles and charms his way into Hollywood history in this scene that you sort of know even if you’ve never seen it.
5. Step in Time from Mary Poppins (1964)
Up on the rooftops of London, Dick Van Dyck, Julie Andrews and a team of chimney sweeps create an animated, toe-tapping, gleeful stir to a tune inspired by British music hall melodies.
4. Cheek to Cheek from Top Hat (1935)
Of course we had to include Fred and Ginger in this list, and in our opinion, this is their finest outing. It’s a slow build up, but keep watching for the classy set change, the elegant ballroom and the delightful tap.
3. Ballet Sequence from The Red Shoes (1948)
A 15 minute ballet in the middle of a film – we’re not sure if would happen today. Moira Shearer is the red-headed star in this enchanting, hallucinatory depiction of Hans Christian Anderson’s sinister fairytale.
2. Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing (1987)
The most iconic lift of all time. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s final dance scene is one of the most imitated in film history and it’s easy to see why – joyful and sizzling with a touch of youthful rebellion.
1. Cool from West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story is full of epic dance scenes, but for us the highlight is Cool – the Jets dealing with the aftermath of the rumble. Jerome Robbins’ stunning modern choreography is full of tension and aggression and still exudes cool 60 years later.