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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

10 Of My Favorite Movie Dance Numbers

I love a good dance number. It goes back to my musical theatre roots (nurtured by a mom who raised me on movie musicals), but a good dance number can really make a movie. Just recently, David discovered my Gene Kelly DVD collection, and he's been binging on Singin' in the Rain, On The Town and An American in Paris. I was telling him about how Gene Kelly dances with Jerry the mouse in Anchors Aweigh and it reminded me of yet another terrific Gene Kelly number that happens to be my all-time favorite:

1. It's Always Fair Weather: The trash can scene

They tap dance with a trash can lid on one foot. It's unbelievable.

That movie has another outstanding dance number that involves Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates. You should watch that, too.

2. Starlord's Dance: Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt steals the show early with his opening number. Come on, the guy uses a space rat as a microphone! Completely awesome.

3. La La Land: Another Day of Sun 

What a terrific way to open a movie, setting the tone for this modern day old-fashioned musical. So much color! So much action!

 4. Beetlejuice: Day-O

Another fun dance that takes you by surprise.

5. Young Frankenstein: Puttin' on the Ritz

Classic and iconic and only Mel Brooks could have come up with it.

6. Chicago: Cellblock Tango

Yeah, maybe it's cheating to put musicals in this list, but this number is a-freaking-mazing.

7. This is the End: Heaven

This clip has some language, but it was a hilarious topper to an already hilarious movie. The Backstreet Boys reunion was just the icing on the cake.

8. 500 Days of Summer - You Make My Dreams Come True

Another spontaneous number set just after the guy gets his dream girl. Joseph Gordon Levitt is my dance soul mate.

9. Napoleon Dynamite: Canned Heat

Really - does this need any explanation?

10. Ferris Bueller Twist & Shout

Greatest teen movie dance scene EVER.


1 comment:

  1. Dolores Gray's edgy "Thanks A Lot But No Thanks" from "It's Always Fair Weather" is my favorite number. It has some similar qualities of "Cell Block Tango". "Singin In The Rain" by Gene Kelly is very good.

    This is a great list you put together. It can't get any funnier than "Putting On The Ritz"