Undefended: Best Dance Scenes And Dance Sequences

This week, top five dance sequences. As per usual, writers were asked not to repeat previous entries.

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Remy Wilkins

1. Paul Rudd doing what he do in I Could Never Be Your Woman

2. Clown Dance in All the Real Girls

3. Forest Dance by Andy Samberg in Hot Rod

4. Dancing Outtakes of Sam Rockwell in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

5. My Little Buttercup in ¡Three Amigos!

 

Nate Douglas

1. Gene Kelly do what he do in the rain—Singin’ In The Rain

2. The Record Store—The Blues Brothers

3. Barn-raisin’—Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

4. The Parade—Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

5a. Diner Contest—Pulp Fiction

5b. Ballroom Dance—Get Smart

 

Jon Paul Pope

1. Fred Astaire dances for Audrey Hepburn’s entertainment in a Parisian courtyard, Funny Face

2. Prologue/Gang Fight, West Side Story

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3. Last dance scene/”I was perfect,” Black Swan

4. Dancing on the beach/”Le Temps De L’amour,” Moonrise Kingdom

5. “El Tango De Roxanne,” Moulin Rouge!

 

Joseph Gross

1. Napoleon’s presidential debate dance- Napoleon Dynamite

2. The Jackrabbit Slim’s dance- Pulp Fiction

3. WALL-E and EVE’s dance- WALL-E

4. The closing credit dance number- Slumdog Millionaire

5. The Golden Years dance- A Knight’s Tale

 

Joshua Gibbs

1. Fred Astaire and a coat rack in Royal Wedding

2. Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling in Royal Wedding

3. The finale of The Red Shoes

4. Billy Elliot and T. Rex’s Cosmic Dancer

5. Christina Ricci tap dances in Buffalo ‘66

 

Brian Murnion

1. The line dance in the cafe — Band of Outsiders (One of Jean-Luc Godard’s top 5 moments) http://youtu.be/u1MKUJN7vUk

2. Charlie Chaplin’s table ballet — The Gold Rush http://youtu.be/xoKbDNY0Zwg

3. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the outside vestibule — Top Hat http://youtu.be/2A4-C-MK-Po

4. Gene Kelly and Francoise Dorleac in the music shop — Les Demoiselles de Rochefort http://youtu.be/AHGK2jiS548

5. Les Grossman’s solo dance — Tropic Thunder

 

James Banks

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1. Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman”

2. Donald O’Connor’s “Make ‘Em Laugh” in “Singin’ in the Rain”

3. The community dance in “Brother’s Keeper”

4. Jack Lemmon’s tango in “Some Like It Hot”

5. Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr in “The King and I”

 

Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette

1. Viennese Waltz – The Sound of Music (1965)

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2. “You’re the One that I Want” – Grease (1978)

3. Netherfield Ball – Pride and Prejudice (1995)

4. Dream Sequence – Daddy Long Legs (Fred Astaire, 1955)

5. Grandpa Joe’s Celebration Dance – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

 

Christian Leithart

1. Final dance from The Artist

2. “He’s dancing his own steps!” from Strictly Ballroom

3. Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from Back to the Future

4. Piano dance from Big

5. Ballroom dance from Beauty and the Beast

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches great books, collects records and jogs to work. He and his wife have two children, both of whom have seven names. He tweets at @joshgibbs and blogs for the CiRCE Institute.

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