It’s been a while since I did a film-based list, so I wanted to rectify that oversight, but I didn’t want to skip music altogether, either.
So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite memorable dance sequences from the movies, and I’d welcome your choices, too, in the comment section below.
I can’t go wrong starting with the master, Fred Astaire. Here are three of his countless film scenes — two with astounding dance partners and one unforgettable solo:
And then a couple of classic dance scenes from timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals:
And, for some reason, there’s something special about seeing guys dancing in a way that emphasizes the athletic, rather than more aesthetic, side of movement. See if you agree in this wide array of numbers:
• The barn dance number, from the 1954 film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” that starts in a fairly traditional way until about 2 minutes in, when round after round of show-off, macho, “one-up-manship” takes over.
• Even staid business executives cut loose in the “Brotherhood of Man” number from the 1967 film “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
And, of course, Gene Kelly makes two appearances: