BEST DANCE SEQUENCES IN NON-DANCE/NON-MUSIC BASED MOVIES, FROM MY COMPLETELY BIASED PERSPECTIVE
Thank you so much for this dream request, @eatthelove! To qualify, scene has to be choreographed, intentional dancing in a movie with main plot NOT about singing/dancing, nor a musical (ruling out such gems as Magic Mike, Grease, Blues Brothers, Crossroads 😭). Excluded primary lip-syncing (Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller) because this is about DANCE!
- •She's All That: group dance, "Funk Soul Brother" http://bit.ly/1QDHFkBThis is the ideal: completely unrelated to the plot, very choreographed, group dance, boys versus girls, and (as supported by the last point) extremely cheesy. All others strive to this greatness.
- •First Wives' Club: Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, "You Don't Own Me" http://bit.ly/1NS3L3OExceptional. Bonus points for full length performance.
- •Charlie's Angels Full Throttle: Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, "Can't Touch This" http://bit.ly/1NS3ygXA short scene, but similarly perfect to my standards of non-necessity to plot, highly choreographed and coordinated. (The other CA dance scenes are ok, but way too plot related for my taste)
- •Something Borrowed: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, "Push It" http://bit.ly/1QDIJ88Sleeper entry here: not well known, but a truly impressive dance sequence.
- •Risky Business: Tom Cruise, "Old Time Rock and Roll" http://bit.ly/1QDIUQSI mean, this earns a spot on the list by enduring legacy alone.
- •13 Going On 30: Jennifer Garner, group dance, "Thriller" http://bit.ly/1NS43rkGROUP DANCE PERFECTION. We're even pretending in this one that everyone would participate and know all the moves to Thriller at this lame, awful party. So good.
- •The Breakfast Club: group, "We Are Not Alone" http://bit.ly/1NS4i5PStarts out spontaneous, becomes choreographed. Excellent evolution.
- •Practical Magic: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, "Lime in the Coconut" http://bit.ly/1QDJs9yI will actually watch this movie for the sole purpose of seeing this scene. Also, things I learned making this list: the cast was actually drunk while filming this scene.
- •Romy and Michele's High School Reunion: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, "Time After Time" http://bit.ly/1QDJ3nsI don't even need to use words on this.
- •(500) Days of Summer: JGL and group, "You Make My Dreams" http://bit.ly/1NS4HFrAlmost didn't make the list because it's a little too dream-sequencey and self-referential, but it's too good of a group dance for me to leave off.
- •Love Actually: Hugh Grant, "Jump (for my love)" http://bit.ly/1NS5030Note: the only other solo dance scene on this list, sharing company with only old school Tom Cruise. Take pride in that, Hugh.
- •The Replacements: group, "I Will Survive" http://bit.ly/1QDJAWpTo be real, this is a very weak choice, they're just doing the electric slide. But it's classic "tough guys acting soft" combined with "team becoming a FAMILY" combined with "little guys triumphing" TOPPED off with a dance sequence. And I love it.
- •Consciously excluded from this list: unpopular opinion alert40 Year Old Virgin (too winky and tongue in cheek), Pulp Fiction (for no good reason other than I don't want it on here), The Big Lebowski (it's incredible, but is primarily a dream sequence, not a dance), Napoleon Dynamite (because I refuse to watch it), all period pieces with ballroom dancing, all opening/closing credits and Easter egg post-credits dance sequences (sorry Slumdog Millionaire and Austin Powers).
- •A League of Their Own: Madonna, swing dancing http://bit.ly/1QDMXgcLate entry, forgot this one before I hit publish. Actually just really good dancing, very fun to watch. Two thumbs up, would recommend.