Dance on Film

Notoriously difficult to capture on film, dance is a diverse and captivating art form. Alice's collection includes everything from line dancing to Swan Lake. From the grace and discipline of the ballerina ('Margot') to the fiery passion of the flamenco ('Carmen Flamenco') and the pulsating spontaneity of krumping ('Rize') - discover the exciting union of moving to music and movie-making. Pictured: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Starring: Millard Mitchell, Jean Hagen, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd...

Silent movies are giving way to Talking Pictures and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol (Gene Kelly) is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his budd... Read more

Footloose (1984)

Director: Herbert Ross
Starring: Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer

Kevin Bacon is great in this musical about a city kid who moves to a small town where dancing has been banned, and battles with a fire-and-brimstone m... Read more

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Bill Hunter, Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Barry Otto, Gia Carides

A modern-day, feel-good fairytale, with its tongue locked firmly in cheek, about ballroom champ Scott (Paul Mercurio) who incurs the wrath of the tota... Read more

Ballet Shoes (2007)

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Starring: Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Victoria Wood, Emilia Fox

In 1930s London, three orphans (Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige and Lucy Boynton) are adopted by eccentric explorer Richard Griffiths and raised by his self... Read more

Flashdance (1983)

Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala

Jennifer Beals stars as a welder by day and interpretive dancer by night, who lives in a huge warehouse and really wants to be a member of the Pittsbu... Read more

Billy Elliot (2000)

Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Julie Walters, Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis

Winning and powerful drama set in a 1980s British mining town where 11 year old Billy switches from boxing to ballet when he discovers he has a talent... Read more

Centre Stage (2000)

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Starring: Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher

Starring Peter Gallagher ("American Beauty") and some of the world's greatest dance talent, this follows the hopes and dreams of a tight-knit group of... Read more

The Red Shoes (1948)

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann, Esmond Knight, Al...

'The Red Shoes', the singular fantasia from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, is cinema's quintessential backstage drama, as well as one of the m... Read more

Tango (1998)

Director: Carlos Saura
Starring: Mia Maestro, Juan Carlos Copes, Cecilia Narova, Miguel Angel Sola

This beautifully crafted film from the director of "Carmen" and "Blood Wedding" tells of a middle-aged choreographer who is producing a film about tan... Read more

The Tango Lesson (1997)

Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Sally Potter, Pablo Veron, Gustavo Naveira

Semi-autobiographical tale of director/star/writer and former dancer Sally Potter (director of "Orlando") who finds love and the meaning of life in th... Read more