As fans of all dancing, we love a good dance film. The genre has gone through many changes from sweeping dance numbers aimed at trying to get the high school sweet-heart, to gritty one on one street-battles with nothing but pride on the line – the genre is ever changing.
Here are a few of our favourite dance films:
Step Up 2 The Streets (2008)
This is the sequel to the 2006 hit “step up”. The film follows a young girl on her quest to live the life of a street dancer. The film has exactly what you should expect from a big budget dance flick – professional dancers, elaborate set pieces and high energy dance numbers. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy and yes the story is a bit one dimensional but the pace, tone and even the speed of the dancing it definitely worth a watch. This film, and its predecessor, were instrumental for putting the dance film back on the map.
Stomp The Yard (2007)
There seems to be a trend in dance films. A troubled inner city teen tries to fit in a new school but can only communicate through dance. We get it, the formula works – Stomp The Yard is no different. A young teen moves cross country and is head-hunted to join a stomping dance crew. The film exceeds both rhythmically through both music and dance – and both complement a cinematic style not unlike ‘step up and step up 2′.
Billy Elliot (2000)
A young boy growing up in a broken home wants to become a dancer to the disdain of his working class father. Ballet over boxing is the question that Billy Elliot must face in the film set in north-eastern England during the 1984 coal miners’ strike. The family dynamic, intertwined with grim locations, and a muted colour pallet make this a fantastic dramatic film. What’s even better is that the dancing is fantastic as well. But really, do yourself a favour and watch this great British film.