Dances or dances that create stunning movements are often the inspiration for a film to be used as a background story. This dance-themed film is also packaged into many genres. Starting from romance, melodrama, thriller, to comedy. Of the many titles that have been released, here are some recommendations for dance-themed films that have interesting storylines for you to watch via streaming services.
1. In The Heights (2021)
The film In The Heights, directed by Jon M.Chu, is the result of a stage adaptation of the musical with the same title by Quiara Alegria and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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The setting is in Washington Heights where the Latin community resides, while the first story opens with jazz music and energetic dancing.
Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) is a shop owner in a residential area from the Dominican Republic. During his trade he often set aside profits for better business capital.
There are many Usnavi dreams that want to be realized. Although sometimes as a minority he is discriminated against, it does not discourage him from seeking justice.
2. Work It (2020)
Directed by Laura Teroso, the comedy-drama film Work It tells the story of Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter) who tries to create her own dance team at her school.
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Quinn is very enthusiastic about dancing. Her biggest wish is to be able to join the school’s dancing team to serve as a portfolio for college entrance requirements.
However, Quinn and several other friends actually got rejected because there were no opportunities to join.
On the other hand, Quinn starts trying to set up his own dance team, and he even asks Jake (Jordan Fisher), a well-known choreographer, to be his mentor.
3. Feel the Beat (2020)
The next dance-themed film recommendation is Feel the Beat, directed by Elissa Down, which tells the story of April (Sofia Carson)’s efforts to become the best dancer.
It is known that April is at the lowest point in her life which makes her despair, that her dream of becoming the best dancer has vanished without any hope.
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One day April decided to become a choreographer for child dancers and little by little it seemed to give new hope to her career.
With all the efforts April does, because she is determined to realize her dream as a full-time professional dancer and enter a prestigious dance conservatory.
4. The White Crow (2019)
The White Crow is a biographical film that tells the story of the best ballet dancer of all time, namely Rudolf Nureyev and directed by Ralph Fiennes.
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The main focus of this film is to show a series of life journeys of Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko) who spent his whole life dancing. Rudolf is said to have fled the Soviet Union, then tried hard to get asylum in France. Throughout his life, he was dedicated to dancing, even until he died from complications in his health.
5. Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)
Carrying the drama genre and directed by Jeffrey Walker, the film Dance Academy: The Movie continues the story of the Dance Academy series (2010). The main storyline focuses on the character Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) who is a former ballet student who is planning her life again.
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Before that, Tara was very sure that her dream career of becoming a professional ballerina could be realized because there were many opportunities.
But unlucky, he actually got into a terrible accident that caused serious injuries so that his previous dream seemed to be in vain.
6. Step Up Revolution (2012)
Scott Speer’s film Step Up Revolution tells the story of a group of young dance enthusiasts.
It was said that a dance group called The Mob was trying to be allocated to participate in a dance competition that was taking place on social media. The group is led by Sean (Ryan Guzman) and Eddy (Misha Gabriel). They are both also ambitious enough to win the competition.
The strategy to win the competition is to get as many spectators as possible. The dance competition between The Mob and the opposing team was quite fierce.
7. Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky, carries the thriller drama genre and features a very stunning ballet dance.
The following recommendations for dance-themed films have received very good reviews from the Rotten Tomatoes website because the storylines are interesting to watch.
Nina (Natalie Portman) is told as a ballerina who gets an important role in a performance entitled Swan Lake Tchaikovsky.
In order to live the role, Nina had to go through many obstacles that made her suffer from delusions and hallucinations to show a perfect appearance.