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Daniel Portolan

Below is a link to Cinefix’s video of Top 10 Dance Scenes of All Time which combs through films from 1935 to 2012, and includes different styles of dance, from tap to Bollywood to hip hop. While the video gives honorable mention to a variety of movies, the final 10 chosen are pretty great.

Chicago (2002)

The Cell Block Tango is a Broadway stage number magically brought to life on screen.

Choreographer: Rob Marshall

Shall We Dance (2004)

Choreographer: Joann Jansen & Liz Curtis

Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez’s tango in the night is one of the best-shot ballroom numbers committed to film.

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Choreographer: Kenny Ortega

I mean, who DOESN’T love that lift in the finale??

Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

Choreographer: Bubsy Berkeley

The Words Are in My Heart number in Gold Diggers is the best of Berkeley’s extremely distinguished career.

Magic Mike (2012)

Choreographers: Allison Faulk and Teresa Espinosa

Okay, what it lacks in formality it makes up for in fun. And sexiness. And some major, honest-to-goodness dance skills.

Dil Se (1998)

Choreographer: Farah Khan

The train top number from Dil Se was ACTUALLY on top of a moving train.

Pina (2011)

Choreographer: Pina Bauch

The Vollmund number in this documentary about the life and work of the legendary choreographer is a stunning insight into her life and her artistry.

Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

Choreography: Dave Scott, Hi-Hat, Jamal Sims

There wouldn’t be the Step Up franchise without the second movie proving it could be done again (and again, and again). And the finale dance in the rain earned the franchise of every movie that’s come since.

Singin’ in The Rain (1952)

Choreography: Gene Kelly

Often imitated, never replicated, possibly the most iconic dance scene in all of cinema. 'Nuff Said.

Stormy Weather (1943)

Choreography: Nick Castle

The Nicholas Brothers take our top spot with their Jumpin’ Jive performance, which Fred Astaire claimed was the greatest movie musical he’d ever seen. We agree.


Which of these is your favorite dance sequence?


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