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November 8th, 2018

Nov. 8th, 2018

The 31 best dance scenes in movies

By Sarah L. Kaufman

What do dance scenes add to a movie? Unspeakable bliss, for starters. Dancing starts when dialogue fails. When lovers need to move beyond conversation, when conflicts boil past negotiation, when joy can’t be expressed in any other way than by leaping into the air on a trumpeter’s high note.

With the rise of movie musicals in the early part of the 20th century, dancing moved easily from stage to screen, becoming bigger, more potent, ever more spectacular — and a lasting love affair with the moviegoing public was born. It’s still going on: Witness the mainstream success of “La La Land,” a film in the golden age mold.
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Get to know choreographer Julio Monge, who studied with WEST SIDE STORY co-creator Jerome Robbins to recreate the iconic dancing in his beloved musical.

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