Set in an opulent Parisian cabaret, “Moulin Rouge” tells the story of the relationship between a performer named Satine and her lover, an English poet named Christian. Though Satine and her co-stars perform many unforgettable routines, one number truly puts the emotions of the characters into actual motion — “El Tango de Roxanne.”
Set to The Police’s “Roxanne,” the scene begins with a passionate Argentinian tango dance which quickly turns into a powerful display of emotions. The scene is so intense you might have to remind yourself to take a breath!
John Travolta Dancing to “You Should Be Dancing” in “Saturday Night Fever”
It takes a lot of swagger to make a polyester suit look appealing. In "Saturday Night Fever," John made us all want to get out on the dance floor and shake what our mama gave us to some of the biggest disco hits.
While the film has several memorable dance scenes, our favorite has to be John’s solo takeover of the floor as he boogies to the Bee Gees’s “You Should Be Dancing”. After seeing him strut, we don’t need any further motivation!
The Bollywood Twist at the End of “Slumdog Millionaire”
The award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” is a powerful story about love and destiny. And no scene captures the intensity of the film as much as the musical number played during the ending credits.
The song “Jai Ho,” which roughly translates to “let there be victory,” features the film's protagonists as they dance using traditional Bollywood moves in a train station. After going on such a powerful emotional journey with the characters, seeing them break out into song and dance is a memorable way to end the film.
The “Jingle Bell Rock” Dance in “Mean Girls”
Though the cult-classic comedy “Mean Girls” provided us with tons of new slang (“so fetch!”) and other quotable moments, one of the film's most memorable scenes has to be when the girls dance to the holiday classic “Jingle Bell Rock”.
From their barely-there Santa costumes to the malfunctioning boombox, the scene is perfect from start to finish. And who could miss Amy Poehler holding the camcorder as she records and encourages the girls? The scene is iconic, to say the least!
Audrey Hepburn’s Bohemian Dance in “Funny Face”
In the film “Funny Face,” Audrey Hepburn plays a bookseller from New York who finds herself thrust into the fashion industry and traveling to Paris. She soon falls in love with a fashion photographer played by Fred Astaire.
Though Audrey had studied classical dance, the film’s most memorable dance scene is when Audrey shows off her unique-for-the-era dance moves in black pants and a black turtleneck. Audrey’s outfit and moves from this scene have become iconic and even inspired Whitney Houston’s music video for “I’m Your Baby Tonight.”