Top 10 Favourite Dance Movies Of All Time

We would have included the 1937 dance movie Shall We Dance starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the list of our Top 10, but decided not to, because Fred Astaire already belongs to the dancing Hall of Fame. Also, because of limited space.

But our Top 10 Favourite Dance Movies still include one of the old legends of dance, Gene Kelly.

  1. Singing In The Rain (1952). This is considered one of the best musicals ever made, with the unforgettable scene of Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain. It also stars Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, both old time greats.
  2. West Side Story (1961). A fight scene between a native New York gang (the Jets), and immigrant Puerto Ricans (the Sharks) are portrayed as an elaborate dance scene in this undying classic. This is definitely one of the finest musical productions of all time.
  3. Saturday Night Fever (1977). This movie set a new craze for disco dancing in the late 70’s. John Travolta’s now iconic dance to the Bee Gee’s song, You Should Be Dancing, became a classic dance move ever since that time.
  4. Grease (1978). John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John did it again in this rambunctious dance musical. Grease won People’s Choice Award for Favourite Movie (1978) and Olivia Newton-John won a People Choice Award for Favourite Motion Picture Actress.
  5. All That Jazz (1979). The film is about Bob Fosse, a gifted dancer and choreographer, and acclaimed director of the Oscar winner, Cabaret. All That Jazz showcases the originality and talent involved in Jazz dancing.
  6. Footloose (1984). This is a high school musical where Kevin Bacon’s character revolutionizes dance in what was a backward town where the elders have outlawed and forbidden dancing.
  7. Center Stage (2000). This movie takes you to the rigorous world of ballet where success is often achieved by a result of a lot of hard work and dedication. It is fictional but quite realistic.
  8. Honey (2003). This movie showcases hip-hop and free style dance with such high-energy choreography that suits the younger teenage generation. Jessica Alba, the female lead, stars as a dance instructor with Lil’ Romeo.
  9. Happy Feet (2006). This is fun-tertainment — tap dancing penguins! It is a light hearted dance musical with penguins as lead stars.
  10. Step Up (2006 – 2014). Step Up is not just a dance movie. It has become a franchise that has showcased 7 movies, all of which feature hip-hop street dancing as a genre.

What are your Top 10 Favourite Dance Movies Of All Time?

The benefits and expressiveness of Dance

It boosts cognitive performance. Unlike other forms of exercise, dance has the additional benefits of improving balance through rhythm, melody, and music. Dance challenges the brain. The brain focuses on both the constant changing of movement and recalling moves and pattern. This is an excellent form or way of mental exercise for the mind. Dance can be a social activity. The dance with friends or get shaking with others, or being around other people while dancing activity is good for your social and emotional health.

Movements and dance are extremely expressive, which can allow us to free and let loose. Movements and rhythm come naturally to people and especially kids. Not only the dance allows kids to get their energy out, but it’s also a great way to express them. It increases muscle strength and endurance because the act of dancing forces dancers muscles to resist against their body weight. Higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels can all improve. Bone strength can be increased, and boneless can be stopped or slow down. It also helps with weight control, exercises usually decrease weight. Exercise is recommended for conditions that cause chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. The people who are most reluctant to come into the studio and try to do pole dancing often get the most benefit from it.

Dance as Physical Exercise

Dance is an exercise, and a health-promoting physical activity that many people worldwide incorporate into different lifestyles today. This activity appeals to some who may not typically be active. Dance for health has become an important factor in the prevention, management in several health circumstances. Dances can be a way to stay fit for people of all shapes and sizes, having a wide range of physical and mental benefits including the good condition of the heart, lungs and increased muscular strength and motor fitness.

Physical activity has many physical and mental health outputs. Dance can improve balance and strength. It is such a great form of physical fitness because it includes movement in all planes of motion in all directions. Movements that we do in daily life like walking, jumping, cycling etc. are the perfect for physical health. These movements also cause an increase in the strength of the body and maintain the balance and equilibrium of the body. Many forms and patterns of dancing such as ballroom are well for people with limited mobility or chronic and malignant health issues.

Dancing as part of the Soul

Dance a food of the soul

Dancing may often be taken only into the category of a side passion but it is beyond just a passion, habit or hobby. Dancing is not just the movement of the body; it is the movement of the soul and a feeling that compels a person to move physically. It is a way of connecting to a person’s inner self. This connection joints the cord of the heart to a cord beyond appearance. Dancing is not the creation of a single person but an inner attribute that every person holds on this earth. Some groom with the passage of time, some lose their grip on it when they don’t practice it. As a matter of fact, it never dies within a person.

Dancing is part of natural behavior

 Whenever a person hears a melody or comes across a beat, his body naturally shifts from stillness to motion. This natural behavior signifies that dancing is in the roots of every human being no matter how much he tries to run away from it. Natural behavior always depicts reality and the true self of a human being. This is how a person’s true self is observed through his actions. A child without any instructions moves happily upon listening to a song or poem. Thinkers say, “if you want to relearn how to live, observe a baby”. This signifies the power of dancing and its ability to make us feel the nature. Apart from this, dancing is one of the remedies for people who suffer from depression or any kind of mental issue. This may give them relief and a way out to express themself. It is the best expression of feelings.

Dancing, a friend in depression

 Dancing is not only limited to joy but to sorrow as well. People dance to meditate as well. Dancing has no pattern or a specific way to move your body. It is all about expressing yourself in motion. Anyone can do this. As far as experts of dancing are concerned, they are the people who don’t give up on this natural trait and keep on grooming it to the level of mastering it and finding different styles of it for us.  There are many legendary dancers in the world who have found themselves through dancing. Dancing is the most beautiful form of art. Those who excel in it, live the best of their lives.