Although some may deny it, everyone loves a good dance scene in a movie. In fact, the right fancy footwork can transform an otherwise boring and cliche movie into a truly unforgettable film. Integral parts of both movies and novels sometimes feature dance scenes. Today, we would like to discuss some truly unforgettable dance scenes in movies

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Pee Wee finds himself in quite the pickle when he is stranded at a motorcycle gang’s preferred bar and knocks over all their motorcycles, offending a rather prickly crowd. In order to redeem himself and win them over, Pee Wee hops on top of the bar, breaking beer bottles and proceeds to perform a comically bad dance. However, his fancy footwork gets him out of trouble and he finds his way back to his final destination.


When Kevin Bacon’s character in Footloose is angry beyond all belief, he expresses his emotions by dancing in a warehouse while chugging beers and smoking cigarettes. Complete with acrobatic moves, swinging ropes, and gymnastics, this dance is the most over-the-top expression of anger that you wish you had.


When a dance competition hits Rydell High School, the students go wild competing in front of the cameras. This high energy dance scene gets wilder as only a select few couples remain, twisting, turning, and throwing one another in the air. However, this isn’t the only fantastic dance scene in Grease. When Sandy and Danny finally get back together, another high-energy dance scene follows.

Dirty Dancing

When disgraced dance instructor looks at Baby’s father squarely in the eye and says, “nobody puts Baby in a corner,” he sets the tone for the entire scene. In perhaps one of the most epic dance scenes of all time, Johnny and Baby perform a show-stealing dance scene, involving leaps, lifts, and background dancers.


Bob Fosse is considered one of the greatest choreographers of all time and the movie adaptation of this musical certainly didn’t disappoint. Perhaps one of the greatest dance scenes is the “Cell Block Tango,” in which several of the female prisoners perform a high-energy choreographed dance proclaiming their innocence. Catherine Zeta-Jones stole the show, but her co-stars held their own with their high kicks and fancy footwork for sure.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Marilyn Monroe was a decent dancer, but the way in which she really stole the show was in her charisma, which is certainly apparent in “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” In fact, this number was so popular that Madonna recreated the song in her music video for “Material Girl.” Complete with ballerinas and tuxedoed suitors, this scene was the epitome of glamor.

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