Seven weeks. Seven of the best dance movies of all time.

Here’s what we’ve watched and the reviews (in no particular order):

Flashdance (15)
Released back in 1983 and featuring music such as: What a feeling, maniac, and lady, lady, lady.  Plus what is quite possibly one of the most memorable dance scenes in history.   Slightly random storyline with Alex Owens as a beautiful woman who works in a steel mill by day yet around a pole by night.  Yet thanks to her boss, and his support, she starts her career at a prestigious conservatory.  Stars Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala.  Dance: 7.5/10

Fame (15)
It’s hard to believe this film is from back in 1980 yet the breakdancing takes you back to that era.  This is full on dance, some wonderful cinematography and a great musical score.  Expect a fair bit of nudity (completely forgot about that), and a really uncomfortable scene.  Stars: Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, Lee Curreri.  Dance wise this has to score a 9.5/10.

Happy Feet (U)
A dance movie for all the family, even the toddlers.  This 2006 animated movie is a beautiful story about a penguin who can tap dance.  Be warned, it touches upon the mess that us humans have created in our world – the plastic pollution and the emotive and controversial issue of wildlife in zoo.  The dancing is however contagious and some of the scenes are hysterical.  It makes you love penguins even more. Dance movie rating: 7/10

Billy Elliot (15)
You don’t have to like ballet to really love this movie.  The story is heart wrenching and it’s sad to know that there is still, yes still, prejudice from some regarding boys dancing ballet.  This however was about a boy in the mining village where boys do boxing not ballet and where a young boy fell in love with the dance instead much to his father’s upset.  He went on to perform Swan Lake.  But it’s set during the miners strike so expect some violent, bloodied and aggressive and somewhat disturbing scenes. Stars Jamie Bell, Julie Walters and Jean Heywood. Dance rating: 8.5/10

Grease (15)
If kids watch Harry Potter then this being rated a 15 and most of us having watched it when we were younger, you’d think it was perfectly suitable for a 10-12 year old.  And aside any school aged children cringing at all the kissing between Danny and Sandy, there are some great dance (and singing) scenes.  This 1978 movie is a classic.  You’ll end up singing along for sure.  Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John (but I didn’t really need to tell you that).  Dance rating: 6.5/10 (but the music is too good)

Footloose (12A)
Who can forget Kenny Loggins dance to the theme tune?  This 1984 is still as good now as it was then.  Based upon a teenager new to a town where dance has been banned and you guessed it – his rebellious spirit shakes up the local minister who banned that type of ‘carry-on’.  It’s an innocently compelling movie with a few great dance scenes.  Features Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow.  Dance: 7/10

Hairspray (PG)
Not technically a dance movie yet featured a lot of dance, as well as a lot of singing and all wrapped around a fun, cheesy yet heartwarming romantic story.  Based upon the broadway musical of the same name, this 2007 is definitely one for the older children.  Very High School Musical style.  Stars: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, and Zac Efron.  7/10