Moves Like Jagger

twirlingIt’s no secret that I have a fondness for dance movies. I own a good number of them and have been known to watch the best dance scenes from each movie, one after the other. So when I stumbled across the book Mambo in Chinatown, the newest novel by author Jean Kwok, I knew it was meant to be. Mambo in Chinatown is about Charlie Wong, a Chinese American girl in her twenties who is struggling between respecting her family and her heritage, and following her dream to become a ballroom dancer. It’s a beautifully written novel that has quite a bit in common with some of my favorite dance movies.

In all the best dance movies, there is a passion for dance that, in some cases is understood and encouraged, and in others is disparaged. There is usually a romance, because dancing is nothing if not passionate, and there is always a conflict that culminates in an epic final dance scene. Although I can’t dance myself, I appreciate the hard work and passion that is put into all of the performances in my favorite dance movies.

This weekend, Step Up: All In, the fourth installment in one of my favorite guilty pleasure movie franchises, hit theaters. Featuring leads from two previous installments, it promises to be a fantastic addition to the dance movie genre. If you can’t make it to the theater to see it, don’t worry! HCPL has you covered with a wide array of movies listed below that feature all forms of dance. Did your favorite dance movie make the list?

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Dirty Dancing is still the

Dirty Dancing is still the best!

Agreed. Nobody puts Baby in

Agreed. Nobody puts Baby in th corner!