If you are a dance buff or just a sucker for movies with lively music and groovy moves, then you must set aside at least one evening to enjoy some of the best dance movies of all times, streaming now on Presto.
One of the most successful musicals ever, Chicago not only boasts a stellar cast, but also great dance numbers. In fact, this movie won an impressive six Oscars, including one for Best Picture. The musical focuses on two women, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger), one a vaudevillian and the other one a housewife, in 1920’s Chicago. Both of them have been imprisoned after killing their significant other and both of them dream of becoming famous. With the help of their hot shot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), they use their high profile trials to make a name for themselves. The music is catchy and the dance numbers will blow your mind. So tune in and discover… all that jazz.
Battle of the Year
Based on an award winning documentary, this movie focuses on the world of b-boying competition. The Battle of the Year is quite a big deal in the world of breakdancing, and the US team hasn’t won in 15 years. Josh Holloway plays Jason, a former basketball coach, who is tasked to assemble the perfect team for the next competition. Though Jason is not very good at dancing, and most team members are not exactly team players, they work hard and manage to form a strong ensemble just in time for the competition. The question is – are they good enough to win the trophy?
Shall We Dance
This beautiful romantic movie is actually a remake of a Japanese film with the same name. Richard Gere is John Clark, a lawyer with a great life and a beautiful family. However, he feels like something is missing in his perfect life. One day, coming home from work, he sees a beautiful woman through the window of a dance studio. He impulsively sings up for ballroom dancing lessons, but his teacher turns out to be someone else. After a while, he finally meets the mystery woman, Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), but by that time John is far more interested in dancing, despite his initial clumsiness. In fact, he sings up for an important dance competition. Since he’s spending more and more time at the studio, his wife Beverly (Susan Sarandon) becomes suspicions and thinks he’s having an affair. She finally finds out the truth, but she is convinced her husband is more interested in dancing then her. What happens next? You will have to tune in to find out.
Save the Last Dance
This teenage movie is the perfect blend of dance and romance. Sara (Julia Stiles), a nice Midwestern young dancer, who dreams of going to Julliard, moves to Chicago with her estranged father, after her mother dies. She enrols to a new high school where she meets Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas), a black teen from the bad side of town who plans to go to medical school. The two of them share a passion for dancing, and Derek teaches Sara hip hop, while she teaches him classical moves. Of course the teens fall in love, but their different backgrounds and the colour of their skin seems to be an impediment for their relationship. In the end, they teach other to follow their dreams no matter how farfetched they might be.
This iconic musical drama is so good, there’s even a modern remake of it. However, the original one is endlessly better. Kevin Bacon is Ren, a rebellious teenager who moves from Chicago to the small town of Beaumont to live with his aunt and uncle. Ren’s life is about to turn upside down when he discovers that this small community is so conservative that even dancing is forbidden. He meets Ariel (Lori Singer), the daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore (John Lithgow), who is a well-respected authority figure in town. Though Ariel already has a boyfriend, she’s intrigued by the new guy. As Ren and his classmates organise the senior prom, they want to rebut the no dancing law. So, they do everything they can to convince the strict reverend and the rest of town folk that dancing is just innocent fun. This fast-paced movie also stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Dianne Wiest.
This is another amazing musical comedy, based on a successful Broadway show with the same name. Set in the 60’s in Baltimore, the movie follows the life of lively teenager Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) as she pursues her dream of becoming one of the dancers in a popular teen show. She tries her best to blend in with the popular crowd, but because she’s overweight and a little strange, she only manages to have one friend, Penny (Amanda Bynes); at least if you don’t count her parents, Edna (John Travolta) and Wilbur (Christopher Walken). But Tracy doesn’t give up and she finally manages to get a spot on the popular Corny Collins show.
The school’s mean girl, Amber (Brittany Snow) and her mother, Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer), are not very happy; especially when Tracy threatens Amber’s shot at becoming the next beauty queen. What is more, Amber’s boyfriend Link (Zac Efron) starts to take an interest in Tracy. Now Amber and Velma will do everything they can to take Tracy out, who, in turn, is busy fighting to integrate the black community into the show.
In this comedy-drama Greta Gerwig plays Frances, a young dancer who lives with her best friend, Sophie, in New York. When Sophie decides she wants to move from Brooklyn to Tribeca, Frances must find a new place to live, while also trying to make a living as a dancer. She starts to move around: from New York to her hometown of Sacramento, to Poughkeepsie and finally back to New York. Along the way she learns a thing or two about herself, while also accumulating some financial debt. In the end, Frances must make some tough decisions about her life and her career and finally settle down in one place.