Dance in film: Wikis


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This is a list of movies featuring recognizable dance forms, demonstrating them, shedding light on their origin, or being the base of a plot.

This article is not about Dance film or Dance for camera which are separate genres. It is also not about Musical films, although they often contain significant amount of dancing. However they are a specific form of art in itself, therefore their listings generally pertain to the articles specifically related to the topic of musicals. This by no means prevent musicals from including here, but they are required to meet the outlined criteria. Fred Astaire's and Gene Kelly's filmographies may significantly contribute to these lists.


Movies with plot based on dance



  • The Red Shoes (1948) - Film classic with dance editing far ahead of its time. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starring Moira Shearer. Intricately weaving backstage life with the thrill of performance, this film centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer. 134 min, and based loosely on the fairytale.
  • The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) - Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, starring Moira Shearer and Ludmilla Tchérina. Film version of Jacques Offenbach's opera but making full use of film techniques and special effects. Not just a film of a stage production.
  • The Turning Point (1977) - The story of two women whose lives are dedicated to ballet. Deedee left her promising dance career to become a wife and mother and now runs a ballet school in Oklahoma. Emma stayed with a company and became a star though her time is nearly past. Both want what the other has and reflects back on missed chances as they are brought together again through Deedee's daughter who joins the company. Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft, Tom Skerrit, Anthony Zerbe, Leslie Browne, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alexandra Danilova.
  • White Nights (1985) - movie starring Mikhail Baryshnikov about a Russian dancer who wants to defect.
  • Dancers (1987) - movie starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, about a ballet company.
  • Billy Elliot (2000)
  • Center Stage (2000) - movie about the students of the American Ballet Academy.
  • Save the Last Dance (2000) - movie starring Julia Stiles as a girl who wants to study as a professional dancer.
  • The Company (2003) - An inside look at the world of ballet. With the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Robert Altman follows the stories of the dancers, whose professional and personal lives grow impossibly close, as they cope with the demands of a life in the ballet. Neve Campbell plays a gifted but conflicted company member on the verge of becoming a principal dancer at a fictional Chicago troupe, with Malcolm McDowell playing the company's co-founder and artistic director, considered one of America's most exciting choreographers. James Franco plays Campbell's boyfriend and one of the few characters not involved in the world of dance.
  • Wishing Stairs (2003) - South Korean horror film set in an all-girls art school, in which two of the main characters are competing ballet students.
  • Flying Boys (2004) - South Korean film about a group of high school seniors who are reluctantly pressured into joining a ballet class.
  • Dancing with Time (2007) - Four dancers, nearing their eighties, take up the challenge of Heike Hennig to return to the stage in Leipzig’s opera house.
  • Morristown: A Ballerina Love Story (2008) - Morristown is a ballet movie set in Morristown, TN that depicts the stories of a young girl’s drive to become a professional dancer and the ballet veteran who helps her find her way.
  • Center Stage: Turn it Up (2008)
  • Dance Subaru! (2009)


Hip Hop/Street


See also Tango (dance)#Tango in film


  • Bring it On (2000) - movie starring Kirsten Dunst about cheerleading.
    • Bring It On Again a 2004 sequel,
    • Bring It On: All or Nothing a 2006 sequel
    • Bring It On: In It to Win It a 2007 sequel.
    • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish a 2009 sequel.
  • Fired Up (2009)


A Time For Dancing

  • Love n' Dancing (2009)

Movies with memorable dance scenes

TV shows

See category:Dance television shows


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