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Dance Movie List

You will find a great selection of movies relating to dance with a brief description of each.  The dance lover in your home to sure to find a favorite.  Be sure to check the rating before making a final selection.

Chicago  

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones) plays Velma Kelly the sexy vaudeville star who murders her husband and sister after finding out they had an affair. Renee Zellweger portrays Roxie, a a chorus girl who wants to be a vaudeville star, who kills her lover when he walks out on her.  The newspapers love murders so the two find themselves competing for the press' attention. In additon, they struggle to get the  the focus of their shared lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). He is attempting to get them acquitted but to make them legal legends at the same time.  Starring:Taye Diggs, Cliff Saunders, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellwegger

Director:Rob Marshall

Running Time:   113 min

Rated: PG-13  

Footloose

 

A tale of rebellion...and dance!   Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) stars as a teenager who moves from the city to a very small town in the west.  Dance and music have been banned from this town.  Ren and his friends want this rule abolished before the senior prom.  It is Ren who has the courage to initiate a battle  and revitalize the spirit of the people of this town. Starring: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow

Director:Herbert Ross

Running Time:  107 min

Rated: PG 

Take the Lead  

 

Based on a true story, the movie depicts the struggle of a dance instructor (Banderas) who is trying to give NYC high schoolers a second chance through ballroom dancing. Despite the kids rejection, the school's lack of commitment, and criticism from pupils, parents and teachers at his formal dance academy, he continues to explore their dance skills and keep their attention. They eventually compete in a dance contest where they learn  that the important thing is making a difference. Starring: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta

Director:Liz Friedlander

Running Time:  108 min

Rated: PG-13 

Grease  

 

A musical about teens in love in the 50's.  Danny and Sandy meet at the beach in the summer and fall in love. They never expect to see each other again.  Sandy and her parents decide to move to America and she will be attending Rydel High -- Danny's school.  But Danny at school is different from Danny at the beach. He, is the head of the T-Birds gang and has a "cool" reputation to uphold.  Sandy is  a goody two shoes girl from Australia.  A change must be made for the relationship to work.  Starring:John Travolta, Olivia Newton John

Director: Randal Kleiser

Running Time:  110 min

Rated: PG 

Strictly Ballroom Scott Hastings is a champion  ballroom dancer who believes in dancing his own steps despite the rules. Fran is a beginning dancer who has the nerve to ask to be Scott's partner after his his regular partner refuses to continue to dance with him. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships. They want to prove that there are new steps to ballroom dancing! Starring: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Running Time:  94 min

Rated: PG 

Mad Hot Ballroom

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New York City public school children are transformed into ladies and gentlemen as well as determined competitors as they journey into the world of ballroom dancing .This is an enjoyable documentary for the whole family Starring: Graciela Daniele, Tar Devon Gallagher, Madeleine Hackney

Director: Marilyn Agrelo

Running Time:  105 min

Rated: PG

High School Musical  Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez met over winter break and sing together at a party. They expect never to see each other again and are surprised to find that they end up at the same school after winter break because Gabriella's mother was transferred.  Troy is the star of the basketball team and Gabriella is in with the academic team. They secretly audition for the school play and must overcome obstacles along the way. Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale

Director: Kenny Ortega

Running Time: 93 min

Rated: PG 

Annie The classic tale of an adorable, lively orphan who is trying to get away from the orphanage and the tyrant Miss Hannigan.  Her luck and life changes when she is selected to spend time with the multi-millionaire Oliver Warbucks.  Starring: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking

Director: John Huston

Running Time: 127 min

Rated: G

Dirty Dancing This film stars Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Baby Houseman. Baby, who is from a wealthy family, looses her heart to Johnny Castle, the hunky but penny-less dance teacher.   Baby, despite being forbidden to see Johnny, enters a dance contest with him. The film makes you want to believe that love can overcome many things. All you need is dancing!  Dirty Dancing has some awesome dance scenes, including traditional ballroom styles and, of course, “dirtier” styles. Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Gray, Jerry Orbach

Director: Emile Ardolino

Running Time: 100 min

Rated: PG-13

 

Flashdance Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a steel worker with dreams of joining a dance company.  She is delightful in this movie with innovative dance moves, and a spunky attitude. Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri

Director: Adrian Lyne

Running Time: 95 min

Rated: R

Saturday Night Fever Tony, Travolta, is a Brooklyn teenager who wants to be the king of the dancefloor at the local disco.  He meets a girls named Stephanie and they agree to dance toghether in a competition Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Groney

Director: John Badham

Running Time: 118 min

Rated: PG

Shall We Dance A romantic comedy where a bored Estate Lawyer, John Clark (Gere),  signs up for ballroom dancing lessons when he sees the beautiful instructor.  Despite his initial reasons for signing up as his lessons continue he falls in love with dancing.  His next trick is to Keep his new obsession from his family and friends, as he trains for Chicago's biggest dance competition. Starring: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Beverly Clark

Director: Peter Chelsom

Running Time: 106 min

Rated: PG-13

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Janey and Lynne share a passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular.  The two are determined to audition when Dance TV announces they need a new regular couple for the show. The only problem is that Janey's father doesn't approve. Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery, Helen Hunt

Director: Alan Metter

Running Time: 90 min

Rated: PG

Jump In Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu), is training to be a boxer and win the golden glove.  A friend, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament and he accepts. He comes to realize that he has a  passion for jumping rope but does not want anyone to find out.  Will he turn in his boxing gloves for a jump rope? Starring: Corbin Bleu, Keke Palmer, David Reivers, Kylee Russell, Shanica Knowles

Director: Paul Hoen

Running Time:  min

Rated: G