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Ballroom Dance Movies

No plans to go out dancing?  Curl up and enjoy a night in watching films featuring ballroom dance.  Here are some of our favorites:

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Ballroom Dancer (2011)

Documentary:  Slavik a, former world champion in Latin American dancing, is making a last and final comeback with Anna, his ten years younger new dance partner and girlfriend. The road to reclaiming the championships is a long, tough struggle. Slavik literally puts everything on the line in his ultimate push for the throne.

Scent Of A Woman (1992)

A prep school student needing money agrees to “babysit” a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated.  This movie features a memorable Tango scene by Al Pacino.

Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

Documentary:  The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

True Lies (1994)

Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by the terrorists.  Check out the Tango scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Shall We Dance (2004)

A romantic comedy where a bored, overworked Estate Lawyer, upon first sight of a beautiful instructor, signs up for ballroom dancing lessons.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Dance With Me (1998)

Young Cuban Rafael just buried his mother, and comes to Houston to meet his father John for the first time. The difficult part is that John doesn’t know he is Rafael’s father. John runs a dance studio, and everyone prepares for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas. It soon becomes clear Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the biggest hope for the studio at the championship.

Take the Lead (2006)

Based on a real-life moving story about inner city kids learning self-esteem and honor through dance. The movie revolves around instructor Pierre Dulaine volunteering to teach a group of troubled high school students ballroom dancing during detention. The problematic students try to reject Dulaine and ballroom dancing, but eventually warm up to the idea and even incorporate hip-hop into dances.

Assassination Tango (2002)

An aging hitman gets a contract to kill a general in Buenos Aires. But when his mark becomes unavailable, he becomes involved in Argentinian tango culture.  This was filmed in Buenos Aires and uses authentic tango dancers and locations throughout the movie.

Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)

A widowed man’s life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man’s long lost love.

We’d love to hear from you!  Which is your favorite?  Did we miss a great movie about dance? Share your comments below.

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