When people think of iconic dance scenes in movies, the first scene many people think of is the ending scene of “Dirty Dancing” when Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze’s characters perform in front of the guests at the swanky Catskills resort, Kellerman’s.
Their sizzling chemistry and sensual moves are shown throughout the film. Still, there’s no denying the happiness that audiences feel when they see “Baby” and Johnny put on this intimate-yet-public performance to the now-famous song, “The Time of My Life.”
Tom Dancing to “You Make My Dreams” in “500 Days of Summer”
If there’s one word to describe the film “500 Days of Summer” it would probably be “quirky.” The film, which helped popularize the term “manic-pixie-dream-girl” tells the story of Tom (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls in love with a girl named Summer played by hipster goddess, Zooey Deschanel.
The film’s surprising dance sequence to Hall & Oates’s “You Make My Dreams” perfectly captures Tom’s euphoric feelings about Summer. Complete with background dancers and cartoon birds, it shows just how overwhelming first love can be.
Tango Scene in “Shall We Dance”
There’s no denying that the final dance competition scene of this film was amazing and perfectly choreographed. But the scene starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere dancing the tango in her dimly lit studio is one of the movie’s most unforgettable.
The scene manages to be passionate without us doubting Jennifer’s ability to be a professional dance instructor. The sheer erotic energy and tension of the scene add to the development of the love story between the two and makes their dance sizzle with sensuality.
Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Dancing in “The Little Colonel”
As one of Hollywood’s most famous child stars, Shirley Temple provided us with many adorably enjoyable musical numbers. One of the most beloved was the staircase dance between her and film star and legendary tap dancer, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.
In addition to being groundbreaking as the first onscreen interracial dance, it is simply a joy to watch. Seeing little Shirley learn to master Bill’s graceful tap dancing routine is heartwarming, to say the least. In later years, Shirley referred to the scene as “magic” and we completely agree!
Ferris Bueller Crashing the Parade in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
From the quotable lines “Bueller…Bueller” to Ferris frequently breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience, there’s no doubt that this film is a fan favorite.
In one of the most popular dance scenes in the movie, Ferris decides to crash the Von Steuben Day parade and serenade the audience with an energetic lip-sync of “Twist and Shout” in an elaborately filmed sequence. Though their fun is quickly over as Ferris races to get home in time without getting caught, the scene still makes us smile, even decades later!