Top 10 Dancing Memoirs

Black Swan — a thriller about two New York City ballet rivals who form a twisted friendship — promises plenty of pirouettes from Natalie Portman. Lets take a look at cinema’s most memorable dance scenes.

#10 ‘The Dance of the Hours’ inFantasia

Disney’s Fantasia may strike the modern viewer as a bit disconcerting at times — not least the bits suffused with themes of fascist spectacle. But we would like to draw your attention to the “Dance of the Hours,” a 19th century Italian ballet piece made popular after it was recast in Fantasia in a delightful segment involving pirouetting ostriches, elephants, crocodiles and hippopotamuses. The clip above is of the graceful hippo, the lead dancer having left its watery slumber to twirl and tiptoe around the stage. The resulting scene is one of great humor as well as grace, with these fleshy hippos traipsing ever so delicately along in tutus.

#9 The Prison Dance in Jailhouse Rock

You might not have seen Elvis Presley’s 1957 film Jailhouse Rock, but you’ve probably seen the title song’s classic dance scene. Choreographer Alex Romero incorporated Elvis’ signature hip shake and body-shimmying moves into this dance routine. The result? Only one of the best music videos ever — and created before music videos existed, no less! Now where is that wooden chair?

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One Response to “Top 10 Dancing Memoirs”

  1. DaveW says:

    One of my favorite dance scenes is the scene in The Fisher King, where Robin Williams’s character is following Amanda Plummer’s character through Times Square, and everyone around them begins to waltz. It’s unbelievably beautiful, and captures the unspoken subtext perfectly.

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