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Film can often inspire our dreams and aspirations to bubble to the surface. After catching the second half of Rocky, who hasn't thought, "Wow, I should really hit the gym." Or, watching Cinderella felt, "I have been going about this dating thing all wrong." Dance movies can bring out the would-be ballerina in all of us. The kid who could have grown up into the best dancer in the club, if only they hadn't dropped hip-hop class to play the flute.
However, it's not the whole arc of a dance flick (which generally features some truly unfortunate images of just how badly a pro dancer needs a pedicure) that inspires sudden dance ambition. A single scene is often all it takes to have you signing up for adult tap classes. Whether it was the story of a would-be dancer learning the moves, or a movie's opening glimpse at a seasoned pro, these are the scenes that are hard to get through sitting down. They're really meant to be watched as you attempt a leap across the
stage room. Just watch out for furniture and pulled muscles.
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The Double-Tap Heard 'Round The World, Save the Last Dance (2001)
Forget that final dance scene. Okay, sure, they did something cool with a chair. But this dance, with the double-tap spin, is what kept you up at night, cursing the day you gave up dance class for netball. No one's going to want to see you centre pass at the club.
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The Subject Of Your Romantic Fantasies, From Age 12 To Forever, Dirty Dancing (1987)
It's been pointed out that "nobody puts baby in the corner" doesn't make any sense. But that really, truly doesn't matter. Patrick Swayze could say E = MC², and girls everywhere would have still swooned and worked on their skirt-twirling abilities.
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That Time Dancing Defeated Racism, Hairspray (2007)
The movie that made you think maybe you actually could be a dancer. If Zac Efron can make it look good even after this modern dance debacle, there's hope for all of us.
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Even If The Punch Had Been Spiked, Your Prom Would Not Have Been This Fun, Footloose (1984 & 2011)
Because deep down, everyone wants their moment in the middle of the circle. There's just more glitter there.
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To Inspire That Look, Fame (1980)
If you practice, practice, practice, maybe someone will dreamily watch your arabesque, too.