- A Chorus Line : a personal favourite ever since I was a kid. Features Michael Douglas (not dancing or singing, thankfully!) as the director of auditions for, you guessed it, a Broadway chorus line. A great cast of young singers and dancers and full of well-choreographed dance scenes and musical numbers.
- Dirty Dancing : well, it’s a classic now! Great music, great dancing and some fabulous one-liners!
- Shall We Dance? : Richard Gere and J-Lo? Ambitious, but it’s better than it sounds…some really cute scenes in this one, and some funny dance numbers too with the somewhat uncoordinated threesome of single guys learning ballroom.
- Flashdance : Quite an ‘80s style, but it’s still got it. The story of a young woman struggling to make ends meet, who dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
- Centre Stage one of the more recent offerings. The plot has its moments, but there are some great dance scenes focusing on a group of student ballet dancers.
- Save the last dance : a “romantic dance movie” with tough times, troubled teenagers and the clash of ballet vs hip-hop.
- Strictly Ballroom : the fantastic Australian classic with some priceless moments of “Aussie-isms”, a poignant storyline and some brilliant ballroom.
- Fame : Another group of wannabees struggling to make it and get famous in a tough industry
- Honey : Jessica Alba stars as Honey, focused on the art of choreography and what it takes to make it in the tough world of music videos
- Step Up : The boy from the rough side of town meets the posh dancer and then come the fireworks! This has turned into a series of movies, and my personal favourite is the 4th - Step Up Revolution. Think flash mobs meet dance groups meet activist groups!
- Take the lead : based on the inspirational true story of a teacher who volunteers to teach a rag-tag bunch of high school kids the art of ballroom dancing…and learns a thing or two himself in the process. And Antonio Banderas? Very nice...
- Stick it : A gymnastics take on “Bring it On”, showing the comeback of a former gym star who went off the rails and is forced to return to the team she left
- Bring it on : a fun and frivolous movie about the rivalry between cheerleading teams, with some fantastic (and hilarious) cheerleading routines – don’t try these at home!
- Sister Act I and II : Whoopi Goldberg is perfect as the casino singer who is forced to hide in a convent and ends up leading the convent choir (and, in #2, a high school class of unmotivated kids) to new levels of performance.
- Moulin Rouge : Another Baz Luhrmann classic, a musical with a difference
- Camp : Just too much fun! Ridiculously over the top but with some amazing performers by young actors and singers, this one will make you laugh out loud – as long as you’re in the right mood…
- Music & Lyrics : Hugh Grant and his hips doing a bunch of ‘80s numbers – need I say more?
- Rent : A movie version of the classic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning rock opera.