Friday, 3 April 2015

10 Spontaneous Dance Scenes in Non-Dance Movies

I love dancing, and so I appreciate a good dance film. Dirty Dancing and Singin' In The Rain are among my favourite dance and musical movies.

However, I also enjoy a spontaneous dance scene in non-dance movies. Those moments where the mood suddenly changes, making you smile, adding a touch of fun and combining a memorable boogie with a catchy tune.

Join me as I count down ten of my favourite spontaneous dances in non-dance movies. Many of these you may be familiar with, such as the few classic 80's films, chick flicks, cult classics and comedies.

10. Napoleon Dynamite: Jamiroquai - Canned Heat

Napoleon's dance scene as part of the "Vote For Pedro" campaign, nails the main characters awkwardness perfectly. Napoleon nervously steps out onto the stage in front of a hall of high school students, before launching into a full-blown dance routine to Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat." 

For me, I always associate this Jamiroquai tune with Napoleon Dynamite since I first saw it upon its release in 2004. 

9. Slumdog Millionaire: Ending Dance

Danny Boyle's colourful underdog tale was a breath of fresh air among the summer blockbuster superhero and action movies back in 2008.

Slumdog Millionaire follows Jamal, a teen who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, India. When Jamal becomes a contestant of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", he is arrested under suspicion of cheating. Whilst being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. 

With a romance at its heart, Slumdog Millionaire ends in true Bollywood fashion, with a cast collaborative dance to "Jai Ho", which became a chart topper upon the films release. 

8. This Is The End: Backstreets Back!

Like Slumdog Millionaire, This Is The End's dance scene falls at the very end of the movie. Beware, spoilers

When the Rapture has ended and Heaven is filled, the team, upon reforming, think it is the perfect time to party. Cue a 90's throwback dance to Backstreet Boy's "Backstreet's Back", complete with the actual band themselves performing it! This one takes me back to those times when I and other girls would practice dance routines in the playground (yes, I was one of them...). 

7. Teen Wolf: Dancing to "Big Bad Wolf"

Love it or hate it, Teen Wolf revels in all its cheesiness in the high school dance scene. 

Relishing his new-found fame and popularity as the school's one and only werewolf, Scott (played by Michael J Fox) agrees to come along to the dance as the wolf, and dances to a track especially played for him, The Three Wolf Sisters' "Big Bad Wolf". With a hint of Michael Jackson's Thriller about it, check out that dance routine! 

6. Clerks 2: Dancing to Jackson 5- ABC

I love Clerks 2. It nails the comedy and witty dialogue seen in its predecessor perfectly!

Starting out as a simple dance displaying the chemistry between Rosario Dawson's Becky and Brian O'Halloran's Dante to the Jackson 5's "ABC", it soon involves the rest of the characters, and a whole dance troupe. 

Clerks fans...look out for Randal's "Wrangle" walk from Clerks 1, and check out Silent Bob's bunches! 

5. The Breakfast Club: Dancing in the Library

Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, The Breakfast Club has influenced countless films, as well as parodied in a number of films and TV shows (such as Family Guy). 

The library dance scene comes at a point when we really see each teen bond for the first time, despite their differences and stereotypes. Set to a rocking 80s song, it's a fun little scene that lightens up the tone before the teenage angst and family troubles are revealed. 

4. She's All That: Funk Soul Brother

A hit on its release in 1999, She's All That sees Freddie Prinze Jr star as Zack, the high school jock, who makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen. 

The dance scene falls towards the end of the film during the Prom, when the geeky girl had been "turned" into a likely candidate to the prom queen crown. Parodied in Not Another Teen Movie, the dance scene shows that somehow, a whole high school are perfect dancers, who can dance in time to Fat Boy Slim's "Rockafeller Skank." I actually learned this dance (does this make me sad or not?)...

3. Beetlejuice: Dinner Dance to Banana Boat Song

Oh, Beetlejuice. One of my favourite films, and definitely one of the best that Tim Burton has directed. 

Featuring a stellar turn from Michael Keaton as "the ghost with the most", Beetlejuice, the dance scene comes at the point when Lydia's father and step mother have guests around for dinner. Beetlejuice possesses each guest (save for Lydia), to sing and dance to the Banana Boat Song. Seriously, who else cannot resist copying Lydia's father's funny spasm to the line "tiny, deadly, black tarantula!"?

2. 500 Days of Summer: Dancing to Hall & Oates

Most of us can relate to the feeling of falling in love, and this scene in 500 Days of Summer sums it up perfectly. 

Set to Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams", Joseph Gordon Levett kisses his girl goodbye before setting off on his way, passing jolly people down the street, shaking hands, waving hello, before finally setting into a dance routine...complete with cartoon birds for that Disney touch.

1. Get Over It: Opening Credits 
One of my favourite chick flicks, Get Over It is full of laughs, fun and vibrancy. The opening credits scene just sets the tone for what is to come. 

In the credits, Berk (Ben Foster) has just been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, and is making the miserable journey home with a box of his belongings. Behind him, the band Vitamin C starts playing "Love Will Keep Us Together", whilst a rag-tag ensemble of binmen, a bride and groom, postman and others start to join in with a full blown dance routine that would sit perfectly in a musical. What makes this so ridiculous and funny is that the whole time, Berk is oblivious to the dancing going on behind him. Check it out below!

Honourable mentions: "Jingle Bell Rock" in Mean Girls, Omri's dance in Little Miss Sunshine, Marty's moonwalk in Back to the Future Part 3, "Putting on the Ritz" in Young Frankenstein.

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