Couch Potato Pickings | Save the Last Dance, and other dancing movies

Pirouetting, toe-tapping, hoofing, gliding, stepping, strutting. Dance moves in the movies are certainly not in short supply.

Ballet meets hip hop in tonight’s dancing drama where Julia Stiles plays a bereaved middle class teen who has her love for dance reawakened by a classmate (Sean Patrick Thomas) at her new inner city school. Read more about it here.

Here’s the trailer:

It’s showing on Watch at 9pm, but in the meantime, here’s a quick waltz through some other top dancing films:


Jennifer Beals goes from welding to ‘what a feeling’.


Kevin Bacon

A small town bible belt ban on rock n’ roll sees Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer and Sarah Jessica Parker secretly loosening their harnessed hooves.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

A young Sarah Jessica Parker does some more clandestine hoofing – this time to enter a competition behind her disapproving father’s back.

Coyote Ugly

Raunchy routines in a rowdy drinking hole in New York.

The Full Monty

The Full Monty

Raunchy routines in a rowdy drinking hole in Yorkshire.

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst waves her pom poms in a cheerleading championship.

Saturday Night Fever

John Travolta

John Travolta struts his stuff to the Bee Gees in his delightful disco garb.

Shall We Dance?

Jennifer Lopez,Richard Gere

Ballroom dancing dramas for Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon.

Strictly Ballroom

Paul Mercurio

Ballroom dancing dramas down under.

Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

                           Patrick Swayze,Jennifer Grey


Elizabeth Berkley and Gina Gershon get lap dancing.

Stepping Out

Liza Minnelli and Julie Walters get tap dancing.

Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell

Ballet, Billy, and more Julie Walters.



Loads of leg warmers in the Big Apple.

Come on admit it, there’s got to be at least one film from this list that got you trying to master the dance routine…

I once spent a good hour in my lounge determined to nail those Night Fever moves. The overhead lamp was never the same after that night.

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