I'm a sucker for a good dance scene, so here's a rundown of my all time top 10.
Those of a squeamish disposition should probably head straight to number 9 because at number 10 is the short and not so sweet dance scene by the utterly psychotic Mr Blonde (AKA Vic Vega - Reservoir Dogs 1992). It's not a very long dance and some may argue that it isn’t much of a dance at all, but it’s not solely just about the dance, it’s about the tension that the dance brings to the scene.
At this point in the movie we’ve only heard foreshadowing hints regarding the psychotic nature of Mr Blonde and now the audience is about to get a first hand experience of what kind of lunatic he really is. When the movie was initially released, some members of the audiance were so disturbed that they'd actually get-up and leave the cinema.
Coming in at number 9 is the weird and wonderful "banana boat" dance in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988). Although I’m not a huge fan of the film as a whole, this scene is brilliantly done and it will defiantly put a smile to your face.
Again, many would say that this isn't really a dance scene, but I'm listing it anyway as it's one of my all time favourite movie scenes. In the relatively unknown film - Everybody Wants Some (2016) a group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood in the 80's. There isn't much of a plot, but this unofficial sequel to "Dazed and Confused" (1993), is cool, fun, and has a great soundtrack - it's what I would refer to as a "hangout movie" which in my opinion is superior to its predecessor.
Making an appearance at number 7 is John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Ray Charles in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers". In this movie we see Jake Blues (who's just been released from prison) trying to re-form his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised. It's not a bad film, but its not great either - its what a probably would consider a lazy Sunday evening film - with this scene being the highlight.
At number 6 we head over to Jack Rabbit Slims for a tasty burger and a $5 Dollar shake. In this scene from Pulp Fiction (arguably the greatest movie ever made), we see Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega (brother to Vic Vega - see number 10) partake in the "world famous" Jack Rabbit Slims twist contest. Travolta makes his first appearance on the list with this "improvised" dance, which is accompanied with a fantastic song - You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry.
At number 5 and for one night only, we head over to Sheffield to watch a group of unemployed, former steel workers take their kit off to make a few bob: in the British comedy - The Full Monty. Apologies for the dubbed language - I couldn't find the original English version online.
At number four on the list, we spend the night at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s madcap castle as we time warp back to 1976 for this science fiction double feature. This cult classic is one of my all time favourite guilty pleasures. Most would probably assume that I'd list the iconic time warp here, and I very nearly did, but on this occasion, I'm going with "Sweet Transvestite" due to the brilliant performance by Tim Curry who makes an exuberant first appearance.
I will note that they re-made the film in 2016 with "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again" which was an absolute shit show. There's only one scene that is superior to the original and that's the first five minutes with the song "Late Night Double Feature" which you can watch here - it's actually a really great scene, but from there, the rest of the film heads down hill real fast.
At number three on the list, we take a road trip down to the Titty Twister for some fun-filled, eccentric, grindhouse horror with the hypnotic and smoking hot Santanico Pandemonium (Salam Heyak). One of my all time favourite scenes; one of my all time favourite songs (After Dark - Tito and Tarantula) and one of my all time favourite films - From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
Falling just short of the top spot is the legendary Stifmeister with the equally fantastic “Mr. Belvedere”. The American Pie movies (at least the ones with the original cast) have to be one of my most watched movies of all time. To be honest though, I'm probably slightly biased when it comes to this scene because it brings back some nostalgic memories of a time when me and a small group of friends spent a good portion of our Saturday nights down at the local Reflex bar where all kinds of escapades took place.
Taking the top spot is one of the greatest scenes in cinema history. It’s the undisputed, undefeated, world champion of Dance scenes - John Travolta’s solo dance in Saturday Night Fever (1977). This extremely skilful dance is cool, clean, crisp and composed - with an absolute belter of a song (The Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing).
When this scene was initially shot, Travolta was upset with the edit because his solo dance was cut in close-up. He then called director Robert Stigwood and explained that he’d worked so hard to get in shape and learn a complex dance just to see it cut up close. Stigwood agreed and told Travolta to go back and personally oversee a new cut of the scene.