YES. This is what I LIVE for. It is, after all the name of my blog:
I will see ANY dance movie. You name every single one that has come out in the last twenty years, good or bad, and I've seen it. Here are three of my favorites, with my favorite dance scene (that I can find) from each.
Take The Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006) Antonio Banderas changes the lives of inner city students THROUGH THE POWER OF DANCE! No really, he does. Because this is a true story! Also known as the first time Yaya DaCosta, America's Next Top Model runner-up, showed the world she could act. In this scene, Banderas has had it with trying to make his detention students do some kind of dance other than hip hop bump-and-grind, so he brings in one of his best, sexiest students to show them just what he can teach them.
Shall We Dance? (Masayuki Suo, 1996) Don't bother with the 2004 Hollywood remake with Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. Just don't. Because this is the real thing, and this is where it's AT. Genuinely sweet and funny, with a heart as big as any movie could hope for, this Japanese gem is very nearly perfect. In this scene, Shohei Sugiyama is taking a dance lesson from the lovely woman he has seen in the window as he passes by on his way home from work, and she and a fellow student teach him how to really dance - not just with your body, but with your heart. And by the end of the movie, his heart truly has opened, in the most beautiful way.
Step Up Revolution (Scott Speer, 2012) The Step Up films have basically only gotten more and more ridiculous over time, but they've proven themselves to be a playground for some of our most talented choreographers, and have some shockingly great cinematography to match. The fourth in the series, Revolution, is by far the craziest in terms of plot (it involves an "underground" group of flash mobbers trying to win a YouTube competition because reasons) and probably has the most tenuous grip on reality. BUT, the dancing? OUT OF THIS WORLD. I included the Art Gallery scene as part of my entry for Andrew's Fistful of Moments blogathon, and it's a stunner, but when push comes to shove, I would probably pick this one as my favorite from the whole movie. Maybe even from the whole series. "The Mob" has finally decided to use their dancing to actually try and effect change, and do so in pretty stunning fashion.
Mad Hot Ballroom (Marilyn Agrelo, 2005) The documentary that inspired Take the Lead. And really, it's all you could ever want in a documentary. The kids are ADORABLE (the crowd goes wild when they start doing the rumba, and you will too - with good reason!), it looks at real social problems through a unique lens, and shows the positive impact this program has on these kids' lives. Keep the arts in schools, people. They do a world of good.