10 Must-See Dance Films

Now is the perfect time for a movie night and some DANCEspiration! Dance Stables is here to help! Check out this list of 10 Must-see Dance Films, as voted for by the Dance Stables team. There’s a mixture of dance film classics, as well as lots of current ones too. Among this list, you will see films that inspired us to dance and to follow dance as a profession. We would absolute love to pass on these gems of inspiration to you. How many of these have you seen? Don’t worry if you haven’t yet watched - some great news, most of these film are available to download on Netflix or Prime TV! That’s our next 10 lockdown evening sorted! You'll be dancing around your living rooms in no time - Thank us later!


1. ‘Dirty Dancing’

“Nobody puts Baby in the corner” This 1987 classic, see’s Frances “Baby” Houseman, played by Jennifer Grey, fall in love with her holiday camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle, played by the one and only Patrick Swayze. This is a huge favourite song the team, especially our Admin Assistant Lee. This is such a classic that it was turned into a West End Musical in 2006. It has such an amazing soundtrack of the 60s. Who's going to give that famous lift a go? https://youtu.be/WpmILPAcRQo


2. ‘Step Up’

A favourite of DS teacher Nicola, 'Step Up' was the film that brought us Channing Tatum. This 2006 film is the story of Tyler Gage, played by Channing Tatum, who receives an opportunity of a lifetime to attend a dance school on full scholarship. We particularly love this film as its where the two leads, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, fell in love in real life! We love a bit of dance-related romance.



3. 'Billy Elliot'

We love to boogie and this film is one of DS teacher Hannah’s favourite. This film, set in 1984, tells the story of an 11 year old boy who has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, with the backdrop of the 1984-85 miners strike in the UK. Also later turned into a Stage Musical, this film helped to open up the stage to many boys who too dreamed of being dancers. One of our favourite scenes is when Billy describes how dancing makes him feel, and we couldn't agree more! “Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin' like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity." https://youtu.be/U0tTT_87Hh8


4. ‘Centre Stage’

I watched this film on repeat! 'Centre Stage' follows a group of young dancers who enroll in a fictitious dance school called American Ballet Academy set in New York City. The film was actually shot on location at Joffrey Ballet School, and seeing these studios helped cement the ideas to me that training as a dancer was exactly what I was going to do when I grew up. Seeing the dancers working hard in the studio and on stage fusing dance styles was such an inspiration to me. https://youtu.be/P2XirHXS2k8