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Top 5 Dance Movies

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You’ve got to love a good dance number — the kind that makes you tap your toes and want to get up and join in! Great dance movies are everywhere from every era, and I’ve put together a list of the top 5 dance movies (or just movies that have great dance scenes in them). So take a look and see if your favorite made the list, and enjoy the videos of some of the best dance numbers from those movies.

Movie #5: Dirty Dancing

This iconic coming-of-age movie charmed audiences across America in 1987. It is still considered a classic today, and its famous dance scenes are the reason it made this list. This final dance to “Time of My Life” is treasured today, thanks to the romantic partnering by leads Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Check out this video clip of the dance!

Movie #4: Singin’ in the Rain

This 1952 movie is a classic for so many reasons. Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor make a dynamic duo along with Debbie Reynolds in this movie about the beginning of “talking pictures.” Kelly and O’Connor give a memorable performance that is the true essence of classic tap dancing. “Moses Supposes” is a fantastic dance number from this movie because it shows the impeccable skill and technique of these great dancers of history. Take a look — they don’t miss a sound!

Movie #3: Step Up

Step Up blends hip hop and the streets with graceful jazz and ballet dancer. The two characters, Tyler and Nora, come together to share their love of dance. This movie from 2006 is a great one to show how different styles of dance can come together beautifully. Here is the final dance scene from the movie — a thrilling and exciting combination of jazz, ballet and hip-hop.

Movie #2: Center Stage

This 2000 movie shows ballet at its finest in its many different forms, from classical to contemporary. It gives some insight into the struggles and challenges of aspiring ballerinas in New York City’s American Ballet School. To read a more in-depth review of the movie, check out my previous post: “Review of the dance movie ‘Center Stage.'” The best dance number in this movie is without doubt the contemporary ballet piece at the end of the movie. Take a look at this video to see why this ballerina and her bright red point shoes made the list!

Movie #1: Hairspray

Who doesn’t love a good musical? 2007’s Hairspray never ceases to lift my spirits and make me desperately want to join in! The best dance number in this movie is the movie-ending, show-stopping “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” where Tracy Turnblad and her family and friends celebrate the breaking of racial and social barriers in 1960s Baltimore. This iconic dance number features a huge group of dancers in perfect synchrony. The bright outfits and up-do hairstyles add fun and flavor to this ’60s throwback. Check out this video and enjoy this scene from my #1 dance movie!

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Top 10 Dance Costumes of 2013

Dancers across the nation are gearing up for recitals and competitions. But with the hundreds upon hundreds of costumes out there, how is a dancer to choose? Luckily, there’s no need to worry!

The Ballet Barre has put together a Top 10 list of costumes for 2013, with costumes for tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Take a look at our list, and maybe you’ll find the costume you’ve been searching for!

#1: This one-shouldered ballet costume from Revolution Dancewear has soft shades of green and a layered, sparkly tutu. The elegant leaves on the bodice and tutu make it perfect for a production of Snow White, or any nature-related dance.

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest
Revolution Dancewear

#2: This rose-colored contemporary costume from Curtain Call Costumes drips with elegance. Flowers line the overlaying skirt with matching flowers on the shoulder and hairpiece, making it a great choice for a slow, beautiful contemporary dance.

Eyes Open

Eyes Open
Curtain Call Costumes

#3: Nothing says classic tap like this one-piece black and white costume from Revolution Dancewear. Suspenders, a bow tie, and a ruffled bodice make it perfect for a Gene Kelly- or Fred Astaire-inspired tap routine with a touch of femininity.

Tight Rope

Tight Rope
Revolution Dancewear

#4: This hip hop costume from Curtain Call Costumes is just plain cool. The mix of a bright blue camisole, black jacket, and feathered skirt is perfect for your next hip hop dance. Plus, you can add a hat and some fishnet tights for an even cooler look.

Download

Download
Curtain Call Costumes

#5: Every dancer needs a little red dress. This jazz costume from Curtain Call Costumes is a dress that will match any big Broadway song. An added headpiece and leg warmers with high heels will give it an even sassier style.

It's Showtime

It’s Showtime
Curtain Call Costumes

#6: This jazz costume from Curtain Call Costumes will take any dance back a few decades with a modern twist. The belted pink and black polka-dotted dress with black gloves to match is perfect for a “Welcome to the 60s” or Grease-like dance.

Jukebox Saturday Night

Jukebox Saturday Night
Curtain Call Costumes

#7: This icy blue, Cinderella-inspired ballet costume from Revolution Dancewear will bring grace and elegance to any ballerina. The rhinestone-detailed bodice and arm bands make it a stand-out against all other ballet costumes.

Forgotten Overture

Forgotten Overture
Revolution Dancewear

#8: This angelic contemporary costume from Creations by Cicci will make any dancer look like she came straight from the heavens to the stage. The delicate, lacy wings and sparkly bodice bring this costume to a higher level.

Wing and a Prayer

Wing and a Prayer
Creations by Cicci

#9: Revolution Dancewear brings us this fun tap costume that’s perfect for a classic, 42nd Street-inspired tap number. The black and purple bodice, fringe skirt, and matching gloves and choker will make any tapper ready to get up and dance.

Because We Can

Because We Can
Revolution Dancewear

#10: This fun and flirty costume from Curtain Call Costumes would be a great fit for a jazz or hip hop routine. The sparkly crop top over a bright pink tank, plus a colorful matching belt and legwarmers, make it a fun outfit for dancers of any age.

Showoff

Showoff
Curtain Call Costumes

Hopefully these dance costumes have given you some ideas and inspiration for what you want to wear for your next performance!

“Dancing faces you towards Heaven, whichever direction you turn.”

                                                                   – Terri Guillemets