21st Century Dance in film

Watching film & video with a plot about dance informs us about how society views dance and how dance people view society.  From 2000 to 2012 a number of films and videos with dance plots were made, but they differ from those made in the 20th century. Clicking on the titles below brings up trailers you can view of the works. Hip Hop – Street Dance has been the largest growing area.  Many films document the struggles to become dancers, are about dance competitions, or competing to enter dance schools. Song and dance movies like the musicals of the 20th century are absent.  It is worth noting that all of these films are about people and their stories  as well as their involvement in dance.

BALLET
Ballet Shoes (2007) – Three adopted sisters, with different talents.
Billy Elliot (2000) – 11 year old boy goes ballet.
Black Swan (2010) – Psychological ballet thriller.
Bunheads (2012) -  Las Vegas showgirl teaches in Paradise, CA – TV series.
Center Stage (2000) – about the students of the American Ballet Academy.
Center Stage: Turn It Up (2008) – Kate Parker auditions for the American Ballet Company.
Company, The (2003) – An inside look at the world of ballet.
Dance Academy (2010) – 15-year-old Tara makes Australia’s National Academy of  Dance.
Dancing Across Borders  (2008) – Cambodian dancer to New York
Dance Subaru! (2009) – Japanese ballerina overcomes the odds to follow her dreams
Dancing with Time (2007) – Four dancers, nearing 80, return to the stage in Leipzig.
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002) – silent movie ballet of Dracula.
First Position (2012) – Follow dancers training for the Youth America Grand Prix.
Flying Boys (2004) – South Korean film about reluctantly joining a ballet class.
Mao’s Last Dancer (2009) – Autobiography of Chinese dancer Li Cunxin.
Only When I Dance (2009) – Two Brazilian dances come to U.S.
Save the Last Dance (2000) – about studying as a professional dancer.
Tu TuMUCH (2010) – 9 young girls vie for a place Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Wishing Stairs (2003) – South Korean horror film about competing ballet students.

BALLROOM
Dance with the Wind (2004) – South Korean, man who falls in love with ballroom.
Innocent Steps (2005) – trained dancer competes in order to pay for a family debt.
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) – ballroom dance for fifth graders in the NYC schools.
Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005) – Love story
Shall We Dance? (2004) – remake of the 1996 Japanese movie.

HIP HOP/STREET
B-Girl (2008) – brilliant female Breakdance story.
Battlefield America (2012) – Bad Boys are a youth hip-hop dance crew
Boogie Town (2011) – Stars Brenda Song, Katerina Graham, Marques Houston.
Dance Flick (2009) – A satirical jab at musical/dance films
Feel the Noise (2007) – rap fantasy
Honey (2003) – Tough, sexy inner city girls dance success.
Honey 2 (2011) – Stars Katerina Graham – not a sequel.
How She Move (2007/2008) – Raya, unable to follow medical career becomes step dancer
Make It Happen (2008) – from ballet to burlesque and…
Planet B-Boy (2007) – Documentary on male break dancers
Rize (2005) – dance movement from South Central LA with roots in clowning
Roll Bounce (2005) – dance on roller skates
Save the Last Dance (2000) – about studying as a professional dancer.
Save the Last Dance 2 (2006) – Sequel
Step Up (2006) – Rebellious street dancer Andie.
Step Up 2 the Streets (2008) – Sequel starring Briana Evigan.
Step Up 3-D (2010) – Stars Adam Sevani and Alyson Stoner.
Stomp the Yard (2007) – Stars Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo.
Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010) – Sequel.
StreetDance (20120) – street-dance and ballet collide
StreetDance 2 (2012) StreetDance 3D (2010) – Stars George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless.
Take the Lead (2006) – Antonio Banderas in true story of dance teacher of problem kids
You Got Served (2004) – 3 hip hop crews compete in Detroit.
You Got Served: Beat the World (2011)

OTHER DANCE MOVIES
A Time for Dancing (2010) – Saga of two friends.
Assassination Tango (2002) – starring Robert Duvall, Rubén Blades and Kathy Baker.
BigJig, The (2012) – Irish Dancers compete at Belfast World Championships.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) – loose sequel to Dirty Dancing.
Footloose (2011) – Ren challenges dancing ban in Southern town.
Jig (2011) – Irish Dancers compete at 2010 Glascow World Championships.
King is Dancing, The (2000) – Jean-Baptiste Lully and his relationship with King Louis XIV.
Leading Ladies (2010) – Stage mother relationship with daughters.
Love N’ Dancing (2009) – Teacher and swing dance champ meet and compete.
Magic Mike (2012) – comedy about male exotic dancers.
Pina (2011) – Pina Bausch modern dance great, bio with site specific dance.
Strictly Irish Dance (2011) – Irish Dancers compete at 2011 Dublin World Championships.
Turn the Beat Around (2010) – disco in Los Angeles club.

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