Many know “Step Up” as the film that introduced us to the national treasure that is Channing Tatum, and also as the film where Channing met his future (but sadly now ex) wife, Jenna Dewan. The two play dancers from different sides of the track, who come together to perform in a show that will determine their professional dance future.
While the movie has many truly impressive dance numbers (some seriously steamy!), this hip-hop-meets-ballet dance is truly amazing. Though Channing and Jenna’s marriage didn’t last, this scene will certainly live on.
Amy Adams’s Performance of “That's How You Know” in “Enchanted”
A fairy-tale set in the real world, Disney’s “Enchanted” included several amazing musical numbers. One of the film’s most famous, “That's How You Know,” begins with Amy Adams singing to a very cynical Patrick Dempsey and soon gets New York’s entire Central Park involved.
The scene is said to have required hundreds of extras and 150 actual dancers to bring the performance to life. The scene is so moving and inspiring that it manages to make Patrick’s character actually believe in true love, at least until the song is over.
The Tango Scene in “Scent of a Woman”
Like most of this movie, the scene where Al Pacino’s character Frank dances the tango with a young beautiful woman defies expectations. After a bit of hesitation on her part, and some careful guidance by his assistant Charlie, the two hit the dance floor.
The woman quickly goes from being apprehensive to feeling comfortable as her blind dancing partner sweeps her around the dance floor with his surprisingly smooth moves. Punctuated by short moments of laughing and smiles, the scene is memorable for its touching vulnerability and real emotion.
Crowds Dancing to “Fame” in the Film “Fame”
Show up outside of a high school for performing arts blasting powerful ‘80s jams from a boombox and you get, well, one of the most famous dance scenes ever captured on film. This 1980 film made all of us want to stop traffic to dance to the infectious beat.
Try not to cry as you see how proud Bruno’s seemingly rough taxi-driving father is of his son’s music as he gets everyone to dance, even getting into a fight with a truck driver. It can’t get more New York than this scene!
Surprisingly Romantic Dance in “Pride and Prejudice”
In the 2005 film adaptation of the classic Jane Austen story, Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen play the story’s protagonists, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, respectively. The dancing scene at the ball is a fan favorite because it illustrates the dynamics of their complex relationship.
The dance moves, their biting dialogue, and the undeniable romantic tension between the two make it hard to look away. Things get even tenser when the background changes and suddenly it's just the two of them dancing together. The scene is somehow nuanced yet explosive with emotion at the same time.