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Ballet and Dance Films

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La Mort Du Cygne—A young student at the Paris Royal Opera becomes angry when she thinks a new dancer is about to replace her favorite ballerina. In her anger, the young student plots revenge. How this story plays out is intense, astonishing and strangely beautiful. This black and white French movie stars Yvette Chauvire and Mia Slavenska, two famous dancers of the 30s and 40s, but the movie itself does not have that much dancing. It’s all the incredible story yet it’s also all ballet. Unfortunately, it’s not available on either DVD or VHS. It plays occasionally at art houses, colleges and museums. Watch for it.

Mao's Last Dancer is a new movie based on the best-selling book by the same name. The movie is directed by Academy Award® nominee Bruce Beresford and is the inspiring true story of Li Cunxin and his extraordinary journey from a poor upbringing in rural China to international stardom as a world-class ballet dancer. The film captures the struggles, sacrifices and triumphs, as well as the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity amid the pain of exile. The movie stars Chi Cao, a gifted dancer and principal at the Birmingham Royal Ballet, making his impressive screen debut as Li Cunxin and also includes Amanda Schull of Center Stage fame. To see the trailer, click below.

Red Shoes—Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger this remarkable English film stars Moira Shearer and includes a lot of remarkable dancing, as well as an engrossing story. It’s in glorious Technicolor and is available in both VHS and DVD. Don’t worry what it’s about. It’s about the ballet. Just go see it.

Hans Christian Anderson—Danny Kaye stars as Hans Christian Andersen. While the movie has very little to do with the life of the real Hans Christian Andersen, it spins a charming tale of a writer/cobbler who falls in love with a beautiful ballerina. The movie includes wonderful songs, beautiful dance segments and ends with a seventeen minute ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, The Little Mermaid. Roland Petit both dances in and choreographs the movie. His wife, Zizi Jeanmarie, is the ballerina Kaye falls in love with. Available in VHS and DVD. A must see.

Invitation to the Dance—This is an odd but remarkable movie directed by Gene Kelly as his ode to ballet. It is not one of his usual musicals but rather a collection of three story ballets. The first two use professional ballet dancers with Kelly choreographing and taking small roles. The last story is part animation/part Kelly. If you are a fan of Gene Kelly you should check this movie out. It is definitely worth a view. At the moment, it is only available on VHS and even that is hard to find.

The Company—Robert Altman directed this movie starring Neve Campbell. It’s about a ballet company modeled after the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. It’s done in mock documentary style with actors playing the major roles and members of the ballet company playing the rest. The dance numbers are fantastic; the movie is far less so. The commentary on the DVD with Neve Campbell and Robert Altman is more interesting than the movie but if you like modern ballet this is a good movie to see.

Center Stage—Twelve dancers want to become professional dancers. Who’s going to make it? Who isn’t? It’s fun, there’s lot’s of great dancing and the DVD is full of interesting extras, most notably the complete dance numbers and a commentary by the director, Nicholas Hytner. It’s a very popular movie and deservedly so.

Center Stage: Turn It Up - is better than you think. It’s still got Ethan Stiefel and plenty of ballet and a plot that will keep you watching. Rachele Brooke Smith and Kenny Wormald, the new leads, are good dancers and good actors. The biggest problem with the movie is that every time the story switches to the hip-hop world, the director, Steven Jacobson, decides to get very arty and hip and shoots the scenes through a blue filter and in lots of close-ups which gets really annoying, really quick. The ballet scenes, however, are shot beautifully. For those who like dance movies, Center Stage: Turn It Up is fun and definitely worth checking out. (If you want to read more about the making of the movie, see the interview with choreographer Odessa Munroe in the Ballet Interviews Section of this website.)

The Turning Point—A ballet teacher’s daughter becomes a professional dancer, reviving memories for the ballet teacher of her decision to end her dance career. The movie stars Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft with Leslie Browne as the daughter and Mikhail Baryshnikov as dancer/lothario who swoops in on the lovely Leslie Browne. Good story, good acting and great dance sequences with Baryshnikov and Browne. How can it miss? It doesn’t. Available in VHS and DVD.

Dancers [VHS] is a movie that is directed by Herbert Ross who also directed The Turning Point. Dancers stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alessandra Ferri, Julie Kent, Leslie Browne and Tommy Rall. If that's not reason enough to watch this movie, nothing is. The movie's about a ballet company in Italy making a film of Giselle. While in real life, Mikhail Baryshnikov is echoing the plot of the ballet by toying with the affections of the young Julie Kent. Some people complain that the plot drags but the cinematography is fantastic as well as the dancing. Only available on VHS but worth making the effort to see.

Princess Tutu: Complete Collection - For those who like ballet and anime, this is for you. A dark, exciting, and funny series about a duck who magically turns into a ballerina and who throughout the episodes experiences a mix of passion, romance and adventure. For girls twelve and up.

Ballet Shoes Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) stars in Ballet Shoes, a heartwarming and uplifting film based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Noel Streatfeild and featuring an award-winning cast that includes Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Richard Griffiths and Eileen Atkins. It's not a whole lot of ballet but the movie is sweet and well-made and since it's a BBC production, it's pretty faithful to the book.

White Nights - This movie stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines and like All That Jazz is more a drama about dancers than a dance movie, however, it does have some good dance sequences in it and the movie is pretty well done--it takes place in the days of the iron curtain when Mikhail Baryshnikov plays a Russian dancer who wants to escape from the Soviet Union. For Baryshnikov fans, it's a must see.

Billy Elliot - A boy in England realizes he wants to be a ballet dancer and suffers through hazing from friends and family. Naturally, the kid triumphs in the end and everyone learns something about tolerance and being yourself. Still, it's a nice movie and worth seeing, if the plot appeals. Not a lot of dancing but some.

Shall We Dance? - This Japanese movie is a brilliant movie about a shy Japanese businessman who takes ballroom lessons when he observes the pretty dance instructor through the window. The movie develops slowly but it's an emotional ringer as you follow the lives of the students in the dance class. Not much dancing but a great movie. Don't bother with the Richard Gere Hollywood remake and definitely see the movie they borrowed the title from, Fred Astaire's Shall We Dance which is a completely different movie but is one of the greatest dance movies ever made.

Bootmen - A bunch of Australian steelworkers also happen to tap dance, fight, drink a lot of beer, drive fast motorcycles and, of course, chase women. It's not your usual dance movie but it works. Worth watching.

Take the Lead - Antonio Banderas stars as dance teacher who takes on a class of delinquents, and through dance, helps them become better citizens. It's a hokey but heartwarming movie and it does have a couple of great dance sequences, however, it is very loosely based on a real dance teacher who has worked to incorporate dance instruction in New York City public schools with great results.

Shag: The Movie - Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda and Annabeth Gish star in this movie which makes it worth watching without having to say more. The three play high school friends in circa 1963 who want to spend a final weekend together before they go off their separate ways. They head to Myrtle Beach and then the fun begins. The "shag" referred to in the title is a style of dance. Not a lot of dancing in this movie but the little there is is good and the dance band is absolutely amazing. A not to miss fun movie.

Dirty Dancing - OK. Girls love this movie. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey have touched something very deep in the female psyche, so if you happen to be a woman of any age and for some reason you haven't seen this movie yet, don't ask why, just watch it.

Step Up - A ballet dancer and a street kid join forces together in a plot you can see all the way from the popcorn stand but this movie does have a lot of good dancing and it has proved its popularity among the teen set.

Step Up 2 The Streets - When rebellious street dancer Andie lands at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, she finds herself fighting to fit in while also trying to hold onto her old life. When she joins forces with the schools hottest dancer, Chase, to form a crew of classmate outcasts to compete in Baltimores underground dance battle The Streets, she ultimately finds a way to live her dream while building a bridge between her two separate worlds.

Save The Last Dance - The ballet dancer and the street kid meet again only this time with Julia Stiles as the ballet dancer. If you liked Step Up, here's your chance to see it again slightly differently (or vice versa).

The Forbidden Dance Is Lambada - The Forbidden Dance is the story of Nisa (Laura Herring), a beautiful princess from Brazil, who comes to America to halt the destruction of the rain forests by a giant multinational corporation. In America, she falls in love with Jason (Jeff James) and teaches him the passionate and erotic dance of her home—Lambada. They decide the way to deliver their ecological message to the American people is to enter a Lambada dance contest. Al Gore should watch this.

Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights - On the eve of Cuba's revolution, a young American woman discovers a passion for dance and for her sultry Cuban partner Javier. Dance! Politics! Revolution!. The DVD includes some great dance features and good music videos.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt star in this high school teen movie. The two friends scheme to get on television's biggest after-school dance show. Lot’s of 80’s style dancing and typical teen movie fun. A really good cast which includes Shannon Doherty and Jonathan Silverman makes this movie very watchable.

Honey - Jessica Alba stars in the hip-hop dance flick Honey. Honey Daniels (Alba) dances in nightclubs. She accidentally is videotaped and a hip-hop video director spots her and hires her first as a dancer, then as a choreographer. No surprise, he wants her body as much as her dance talent. What will Honey do? What will happen to her dream of creating a dance studio for the local street kids? Honey is standard Hollywood fare but it’s fun to watch if you like beautiful bodies and hip-hop.

You Got Served - Another hip-hop movie with great dancing and a terrible plot. There is a romance, but mostly the movie’s about a showdown between B2K (as Orange County white boys) and their black L.A. competitors, including members of the hip-hop group IMx.

Stomp the Yard - DJ (Columbus Short) is a troubled teen from Los Angeles who is accepted by Atlanta's Truth University. DJ thinks he’s escaped gang life, but in school finds himself in the middle of a "battle" between two fraternities where stepping (a popular dance form) is how they compete. Complicating matters, DJ falls for the girlfriend of the school's champion stepper. This movie has great dancing and the acting isn’t bad either. The romance generates some onscreen sparks which makes the whole movie fun.

Dance With Me - Robby Rosa, former lead singer of the super group Menudo, stars in this story of romance and dance-floor fireworks. It includes performances by Salsa legends Celia Cruzand and Tito Puente. Another movie with great dancing mixed into an OK plot.

Flash Dance - A hit movie that stars Jennifer Beals as Alex Owens, a determined 18-year-old with one all-consuming dream: to study at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. T make her dream come true, she works during the day as a welder and at night as an exotic dancer. The movie features the Oscar winning song "Flashdance—What a Feeling,"

Footloose - Director Herbert Ross (The Turning Point) pulled a winning movie out of this trite tale of teenage rock rebellion. Kevin Bacon stars as a hip city kid who ends up in a Bible-belt town where rock is frowned upon and dancing is forbidden, Bacon's character rallies the kids and takes on the establishment with the help of Kenny Loggins's hit song, “Footloose.”

Strictly Ballroom - Baz Lurhrmann, the director of the award-winning ROMEO & JULIET and MOULIN ROUGE!, also directed STRICTLY BALLROOM. It's the story of a championship ballroom dancer who takes on an ugly duckling dancing partner. Together they make their dreams come true! There’s a surprise. But it’s a good movie.

Stomp Out Loud - Michael Bove, Raquel Horsford - A rhythmic, musical extravaganza. "It's comedy, it's theater, it's very physical, it's energetic, it's occasionally quite terrifying," says one performer.

Ballets on Video

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Choreography by Balanchine / Tzigane, Adante from Divertimento No 15, The Four Temperaments, Selections from Jewels, Stravinski Violin Concerto~New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, and Suzanne Farrell

Choreography By Balanchine / Chaconne, Prodigal Son, Ballo Della Regina, Elegie, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux~New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, and Suzanne Farrell

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake / Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, John Lanchberry

Tchaikovsky - Petipa, Swan Lake / Kirov Ballet, Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky (1990)

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker / Baryshnikov, Kirkland, Charmoli (1977)

Balancine's: The Nutcracker - Darci Kistler, Damian Woetzel - Enter the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, featuring the New York City Ballet, narrated by Kevin Kline.

Balanchine - Jewels / Aurelie Dupont, Alessio Carbone, Marie-Agnes Gillot, Agnes Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Clairemarie Osta, Kader Belarbi, Paris Opera Ballet (2000)

Romeo and Juliet (Royal Ballet)- Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn (1966)

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake / Makarova, Dowell, Royal Ballet Covent Garden (1982)

Tchaikovsky, Petipa - Swan Lake / Kirov Ballet, Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky (1990)

Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty / Aurelie Dupont, Manuel Legris, Vincent Cordier, Nathalie Quernet, Laurent Queval, Paris Opera Ballet

Sleeping Beauty: The Classic Motion Picture With The Kirov Ballet / Alla Sizova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Natalia Makarova (1964)

An Evening with the Royal Ballet / Nureyev, Fonteyn (1965)

Prokofiev - Cinderella / Sibley, Dowell, Royal Ballet (1969)

Prokofiev - Cinderella / Lyon National Opera Ballet / Orchestra

Le Corsaire (1993) - Kirov Ballet

Adam - Giselle / Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle, Vittorio d'Amato, La Scala Ballet (2005)

Don Quixote / Baryshnikov, Harvey, American Ballet Theatre (1984)

Nureyev's Don Quixote / Lanchbery, Nureyev, Helpmann, Aldous, Australian Ballet (1973)

The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky / Sheherazade, La Spectre de la Rose, The Polovtsian Dances, The Firebird

Glory of the Kirov / Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Natalia Dudinskaya, more (1995)

Paul Czinner: The Bolshoi Ballet [DVD Video] (1956)

Glazunov - Raymonda / Bolshoi Ballet, Ludmila Semenyaka, Irek Moukhamedov (1982)

Dance Instruction and Documentaries

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The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet - Kevin McKenzie and Georgina Parkinson - The essential video dictionary of all classical ballet movements. 4 1/2 hours on two DVDs shows over 800 variations in Russian, French, and Cecchetti styles, many in slow motion with multiple camera angles and voice-over narrative description. The complete language of ballet positions—Barre, Linking Steps, Center Practice, Pirouettes, Adage, Allegro, Batterie, Pointe, and Musical Enchainements.

New York City Ballet: The Complete Workout, Vol. 1 and 2 - Fitness videos from the New York City Ballet Workout Volumes 1 and 2 designed to help develop the strength, grace and poise of a dancer. The videos try to strike a balance between art and fitness in creating a workout for any age or fitness level. Good luck....

Ballet Class for Beginners - David Howard and Lee Kraft - introduces the beginning dance student to the technique and vocabulary of classical ballet with the emphasis on posture, placement, and movement potential.

Ballet 101 - A Beginner's Class - Jennifer Nunes and Angela Russ - a simple beginners video that challenges both adults and children who wish an introduction to ballet. Dancers are taken on a step-by-step journey that begins with preparation and warm-up, and paces them through easy ballet moves that focus on the barre.

Baby Ballet - Rosemary Boross - for ages four through six. The video contains all aspects of a formal ballet class including a barre warm-up, stretches, center practice and across the floor combinations. The movements are explained step-by-step, followed by a performance of the steps by Rosemary Boross and her beginning pre-school students.

Simply Ballet: A Master Ballet Class For Beginners - American Ballet Theatre ballerina Michelle Benash instructs young students in this easy to follow along master class. Progresses from barre, chasse` to center combinations and a variety of leaps and turns. For those who already know the basics.

The Ballet Workout - Melissa Lowe - Floor work, barre work and center work to help condition the body. Level I is designed for those with little or no previous ballet experience. Previous ballet experience is helpful but not necessary for level II.

Element: Ballet Conditioning - Elise Gulan - Ballet Dancers always have slender bodies that are both strong and lean with lovely proportion and gorgeous body lines. In this unique program your muscles will work smoothly in unison to create a long streamlined silhouette with flat abs a lean lower body and beautifully defined curves.

Pure Barre: Ballet, Dance & Pilates Fusion - Carrie Rezabek - The Pure Barre Technique (PBT) is the fastest, yet safest way to change your body. PBT fuses dance, Pilates and Lotte Berk exercises while utilizing the ballet barre to create the most intense and effective 55-minute workout that exists.

Ballet Boysis a well-made documentary which follows three male ballet students in Norway as they pursue ballet careers. It's beautifully photographed and the story moves along at a very calm, even pace that is somehow also fascinating. As the documentary progresses it gains more and more interest and definitely provides insights into the dance lives and the training regimen of male dancers. The 72 minute documentary goes by quickly and, while full of drama, it's refreshingly free of melodrama. Anyone interested in ballet should add this documentary to their collection.

Suzanne Farrell - Elusive Muse - Jacques d’Amboise, Jorge Dunn, Paul Mejia and George Balanchine - the life of Suzanne Farrell as told by those who know her. Lengthy film excerpts of her in many ballets created for her by Balanchine.

Balanchine - Through rare archival audio and video footage, interviews, film, and photographs, this program traces Balanchine's life from his youth at the Maryinsky Theater, through his work for Hollywood and Broadway, to his ultimate creation of the New York City Ballet. Interviews with the choreographer himself and selections from many of his ballets such as Chaconne, Agon, Symphony in C, Serenade, Apollo, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Prima Ballerina - directed by Laurent Gentot is one of the best ballet documentaries ever. It consists of two portraits—one of Svetlana Zakharova and one of Ulyana Lopatkina. The videos are as perfect as the ballerinas themselves. Long dance sequences, beautiful photography and brilliant quotes from the dancers. Really a must have. Very highly recommended.

The Dancer - Erland Josephson, Katja Bjorner, and Anneli Alhanko. A brilliant documentary about the Royal Swedish Ballet which focuses in on one young dancer, Katja Bjoerner. It is an intimate look at a ballet company that is very well done. Some of it is with subtitles; some of it is in English. It's good!

Ballets Russes - By following the history of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the early 1930s, this brilliant documentary reveals the roots of every modern dance company in the world. Film clips and interviews with dancers from the original company. Includes an interview with Dame Alicia Markova, who was a prima ballerina with the original Ballet Russe under impresario Sergei Diaghilev. Definitely worth watching.

Ballerina - directed by Frenchman Bertrand Normand follows the careers of five Russian prima ballerinas—Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Evgenia Obraztsova. In the documentary, we see what a young girl must do to become a top ballet dancer and thus the video is not just a portrait of the dancers but of the Russian ballet tradition. It is brilliantly photographed with great dance sequences and great quotes from the dancers. Ballet documentaries often disappoint. This one won’t. Very highly recommended.

Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet - Another well-done European documentary, this one about the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. In the interviews, the dancers really talk straight. It's definitely worth seeing.

Paul Taylor: Dancemaker - Excellent documentary about modern dancer and choreographer, Paul Taylor. Great camera work on the dances and the dancers and informative interviews. If you like modern dance, this is a must-see.

The Children of Theatre Street - The Story of the Kirov Ballet School - This academy award-nominated documentary about the Kirov Ballet and its school, the Vaganova Choreographic Institute, is narrated by the late Princess Grace of Monaco. There are no subtitles--all translations are done by voice-over. Theatre Street is the popular name for Rossi Street, on which the entrance to the Kirov's school is located. Entrance exams are held annually. Thousands of children, aged 10-12, apply; only 20 are selected.

Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake - The fairy ballerina, Prima Princessa, transports a group of pre-school girls to see the ballet, Swan Lake, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. Prima Princessa narrates the story of Swan Lake to the girls. In between each act, the children return home and learn a simple ballet step. The young dancers are from the School of American Ballet.

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New York City Ballet: Bringing Back Balanchine - New York City Ballet - 'New York City Ballet: Bringing Ballachine Back' follows the New York City Ballet, lead by Master in Chief Peter Martins to the Mariinsky theater in St. Petersburg, where ballet legend and NYC Ballet co-founder George Ballachine, along with other greats, took their first ballet steps. The eagerly anticipated trip is the first for the company since 1972 and is gracefully illustrated with both behind-the-scenes and performance footage.


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Some Favorites

Singin' in the Rain—Great dancing, great music, great acting, great directing, great script, great fun. In Technicolor. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?

Top Hat—This movie has the most romantic dance number ever put on film: Cheek to Cheek with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. If the entire movie was bad except for that dance number, it would be worth watching but the movie is fun throughout, filled with great dance sequences and a wonderful supporting cast. It is all ably directed by Mark Sandrich, the most underrated director in Hollywood. It’s a pure delight from beginning to end.

Swing Time—Another Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle, this time directed by George Stevens who was early in his directing career. Near the end of his career, Stevens directed the greatest western movie of all time: Shane. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies all follow a similar pattern. They usually start out hating each other, fall in love, due to some confusion fall out of love, and by the end of the picture, straighten everything out and fall back in love. Swing Time follows this pattern but spices it with great dance numbers and great songs.

Shall We Dance—It’s Fred and Ginger again, and as mentioned above, it’s practically the same story except they’re so much fun to watch, who cares.

The Gay Divorcee—Ditto. Just be happy they made four great movies.

An American in Paris—Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron fall in love in Paris. It’s all done to a Gershwin score and has a long ballet dance sequence at the end which is worth watching the movie for. In glorious Technicolor.

The Bandwagon—Fred Astaire with Cyd Charisse instead of Ginger Rogers. It’s a very clever movie with lots of good dance numbers and two very funny supporting actors in Oscar Levant and Nanette Fabray. However, the gem of the movie is a brilliant dance sequence in Central Park between Astaire and Charisse. The movie’s directed by Vincente Minelli (Yes, he’s Liza Minelli’s father and Judy Garland’s husband). In color.

Holiday Inn—This movie probably has more hit songs in it than any other movie ever made, including the largest selling single of all time: White Christmas. It stars Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds. The plot basically revolves around who will marry Marjorie Reynolds: Bing Crosby, the singer, or Fred Astaire, the dancer. It’s also directed by Mark Sandrich. The score is by Irving Berlin. If you don’t recognize any of these names, you’d better rent the movie and find out what a great musical is all about. In Black and White.

Brigadoon—OK. There’s this little village in Scotland and the people in it are awake for one day every hundred years. Gene Kelly has to decide whether he will give up his modern life in New York or live with Cyd Charisse in the little village in Scotland. Guess which he chooses. It’s musical; it’s mystical and the wonderful songs are by Lerner and Loewe. In color.

Footlight Parade—James Cagney, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. This black and white musical was made at Warner Brothers which was a studio not known for its musicals. However, they had Busby Berkeley to direct the dance numbers and the dance numbers in Footlight Parade are incredible. The movie ends with three long dance numbers: Honeymoon Hotel, By a Waterfall and Shanghai Lil which are all great, particularly the number By a Waterfall. Busby Berkeley pioneered the overhead shot where the dancers move in patterns like a kaleidoscope. Let me be clear, the number, By a Waterfall is ASTONISHING! In Black and White.

42nd Street—Another vehicle to spotlight Busby Berkeley’s dance direction with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. The plot is about putting on a Broadway show but that doesn’t really matter. It’s fast paced and entertaining and this movie pretty much started it all in terms of dance musicals. Ginger Rogers has a small part in the movie. Black and white.

Anchors Away—Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra star in this movie about a couple of sailors trying to get dates. There’s lots of good dance numbers and it includes the famous duo with Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse of Tom and Jerry cartoon fame. It’s a fantastic number and worth getting the movie for. In color.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers—This movie probably couldn’t get made today since the plot concerns seven brothers in an old western town who decide to get over their loneliness by kidnapping seven girls. Of course, it ends with everyone getting married but the seven brothers really can dance. One of the brothers-Ephriam- is Jacques D’Amboise who was a famous ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet. The choreography is by Michael Kidd. The movie is directed by Stanley Donen who also directed Singin’ in the Rain. In color.

Easter Parade - This is the only movie Fred Astaire and Judy Garland made together which makes it worth watching just for that. As it also includes 17 Irving Berlin tunes, it’s a must see.

All That Jazz - This well-done movie is an autobiography of Bob Fosse directed by Bob Fosse and starring Roy Scheider. It has some nice dance sequences in it but it's more a drama about the life of a dancer/choreographer than a dance movie. However, it's definitely worth seeing.

Fame - Seven classes a day and a hot lunch. That's what New York City's High School for the Performing Arts guarantees. Stardom? That's something the school's teenage musicians actors dancers and dreamers strive for. This movie packs the same kind of energy and excitement as Center Stage. Good actors, good songs and a good director make for a fun film.

A List of Musicals

42nd Street
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley
Actor/Actress: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daneils
Year: 1933 Mar

A Chorus Line
Choreographers: Michael Bennett, Jeffrey Hornaday
Year: 1985 Dec

A Damsel in Distress
Choreographers: Fred Astaire, Angela Blue, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1937 Nov

Anchors Aweigh
Choreographers: Jack Donohue, Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly
Year: 1946 Mar

An American in Paris
Choreographers: Carol Haney, Gene Kelly, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly

Anything Goes
Actor/Actress: Donald O’Connor, Bing Crosby, Mitzi Gaynor
Year: 1956

Babes in Arms Babes in Arms
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney

Babes on Broadway
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney

Baby Take a Bow
Choreographers: Sammy Lee
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1934 Jun

The Band Wagon
Choreographers: Michael Kidd, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1953 Aug

The Barkleys of Broadway
Choreographers: Robert Alton, Hermes Pan, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1949 May

Bathing Beauty
Choreographers: Robert Alton, John Murray Anderson, Jack Donohue
Actor/Actress: Red Skelton, Esther Williams
Year: 1944 Jul

The Belle of New York
Choreographers: Robert Alton, Marilyn Christine, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen
Year: 1952 Feb

Bells Are Ringing
Acotr/Actresse: Dean Martin/Judy Holliday
Year: 1960

Blue Skies
Choreographers: Hermes Pan, Dave Robel
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1946 Oct

Born to Dance
Choreographers: Dave Gould
Actor/Actress: Eleanor Powell
Year: 1936 Nov

Bride and Prejudice
Choreographers: Saroj Khan
Actor/Actress: Aishwarya Rai
Year: 2005 Feb

Choreographers: Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly
Year: 1954 Sept

Bright Eyes
Choreographers: Sammy Lee
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1934 Dec

The Broadway Hoofer
Choreographers: Jack Cunningham
Actor/Actress: Marie Saxon, Jack Egan
Year: 1929 Dec

The Broadway Melody of 1929
Choreographers: George Cunningham
Year: 1929 Feb

Broadway Melody of 1936
Choreographers: Dave Gould
Year: 1935 Sept

Broadway Melody of 1938
Choreographers: Dave Gould
Year: 1937 Aug

Broadway Melody of 1940
Choreographers: Bobby Connolly
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powel
Year: 1940 Feb

Broadway Rhythm
Choreographers: Robert Alton
Year: 1944 Jan

Bye Bye Birdie
Actor/Actress: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret
Year: 1963

Choreographers: Bob Fosse
Actor/Actress: Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey
Year: 1972

Call Me Madam
Actor/Actress: Donald O’Connor, Ethel Merman, Vera-Ellen
Year: 1953

Choreographers: Tim Albrecht, Michelle Lynn, Jerry Mitchell
Actor/Actress: Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat
Year: 2003 July

Camp Rock
Actor/Actresses: Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato
Year: 2008

Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine
Year: 1960 Mar

Captain January
Choreographers: Jack Donahue
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1926 Apr

Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1938 Sept

Actor/Actress: Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRea
Year: 1956

Choreographers: John DeLuca, Denise Fayer, Bob Fosse, Rob Marshall, Cynthia Onrubia, Joey Pizzi
Actor/Actress: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere
Year: 2003 Jan

The Cotton Club
Choreographers: Claudia Asbury, George Faison, Gregory Hines, Henry LeTang, Michael Meacham
Actor/Actress: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines
Year: 1984 Dec

Cover Girl
Choreographers: Seymour Felix, Val Raset, Stanley Donen, Fred Kelly, Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Rita Hayworth, Gene Kelly
Year: 1944 Mar

Curly Top
Choreographers: Jack Donohue
Actor/Actress: Shirly Temple
Year: 1934 Aug

Daddy Long Legs
Choreographers: Fred Astaire, David Robel
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron
Year: 1955 May

Damn Yankees
Choreographers: Bob Fosse
Actor/Actress: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon
Year: 1959 Mar

Dancing Lady
Choreographers: Sammy Lee, Eddie Prinz
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable
Year: 1933 Nov

Choreographers: Bill Robinson
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1936 Oct

Dixiana (1930)
Choreographers: Pearl Eaton
Actor/Actress: Bill Robinson
Year: 1930 Aug

Down Argentine Way
Choreographers: Nick Castle, Geneva Sawyer
Actor/Actress: Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda
Year: 1940 Oct

Easter Parade
Choreographers: Robert Alton, Fred Astaire
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Judy Garland
Year: 1948 July

Fast Forward
Choreographers: Rick Atwell, Amy Covo, Felix Montano, Robin Summerfield
Actor/Actress: John Scott Clough, Don Franklin, Tamara Mark
Year: 1985 Feb

Finian's Rainbow
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark
Year: 1983 Apr

Flower Drum Song
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta
Year: 1961 Nov

Flying Down to Rio
Choreographers: Dave Gould, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1933 Dec

Follow the Fleet
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1936 Feb

Footlight Parade
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley
Actor/Actress: James Cagney, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
Year: 1933 Oct

For Me and My Gal
Choreographers: Bobby Connolly
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
Year: 1942 Oct

Funny Face
Choreographers: Fred Astaire, Eugene Loring
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn
Year: 1957 Feb

The Gay Divorcee
Choreographers: Dave Gould, Hermes Pan, Frank Warde
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1934 Oct

Girl Crazy
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney

Choreographers: Robert Tucker
Actor/Actress: Rosaline Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Year: 1962 Nov

Choreographers: Jerome Robbins
Actor/Actress: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb
Year: 1993 Dec

Choreographers: Ken Rinker, Twyla Tharp
Actor/Actress: John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo
Year: 1979 Mar

Hairspray (original)
Choreographers: Edward Love, Kiki Shepard
Actor/Actress: Ricki Lake, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen Fitzpatrick
Year: 1998 Feb

Hairspray (remake)
Choreographers: Anne Fletcher, Jerry Mitchell, Joey Pizzi, Adam Shankman, Jamal Sims, Zachary Woodlee
Actor/Actress: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky
Year: 2007 July

Hans Christian Andersen
Choreographers: Anne Fletcher, Jerry Mitchell, Joey Pizzi, Adam Shankman, Jamal Sims, Zachary Woodlee
Actor/Actress: Danny Kaye, Zizi Jeanmaire
Year: 1952

Harlem is Heaven
Actor/Actress: Bill Robinson
Year: 1932 May

Harlem Shake
Year: 2003 Mar

High School Musical
Choreographers: Charles Klapow
Actor/Actress: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu
Year: 2006 Jan

High School Musical 2 Choreographers: Charles Klapow
Actor/Actress: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu
Year: 2007 Sept

High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Choreographers: Charles Klapow
Actor/Actress: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu
Year: 2008

Holiday Inn
Choreographers: Daniel Dare, George King, Sam Ledner, Al Mann, Hazel Noe, Babe Pearce
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby
Year: 1942 Aug

Choreographers: Bobby Connolly, Sammy Lee
Actor/Actress: Eleanor Powell, Robert Young
Year: 1939 Feb

Hooray for Love
Choreographers: Sammy Lee
Actor/Actress: Bill Robinson, Maria Gambarelli
Year: 1935 Jun

Choreographers: Hinton Battle, Maria Torres O'Connor
Actor/Actress: Andre Benjamin, Big Boi, Paula Patton
Year: 2006 Aug

Invitation to the Dance
Choreographers: Carol Haney, Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly, Igor Youskevitch
Year: 1957 Mar

It's Always Fair Weather
Choreographers: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly
Year: 1955 Sept

Just Around the Corner
Choreographers: Nick Castle, Geneva Sawyer
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple, Bill Robinson
Year: 1938 Nov

King for a Day
Actor/Actress: Bill Robinson
Year: 1934 Jun

Kiss Me Kate
Choreographers: Hermes Pan, Bob Fosse, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Kathryn Grayson, Ann Miller, Bob Fosse, Howard Keel
Year: 1953 Nov

Let's Dance
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Betty Hutton
Year: 1950 Nov

The Little Princess
Choreographers: Ernest Belcher, Nick Castle, Geneva Sawyer
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1939 Mar

Liza with a Z
Choreographers: Bob Fosse, Louise Quick
Actor/Actress: Liza Minnelli, Ann Reinking
Year: 1972 Sep

Meet Me in Las Vegas
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead
Year: 1956 Mar

Meet Me In St. Louis
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien
Year: 1945

The Merry Widow (1934)
Choreographers: Albertina Rasch
Actor/Actress: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
Year: 1934 Nov

Moulin Rouge (1952)
Choreographers: William Chappell
Actor/Actress: Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor
Year: 1952 Dec

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Choreographers: Sheree Da Costa, Pamela French, Paul McKay, John "Cha Cha" O'Connell
Actor/Actress: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
Year: 2001 Jun

The Music Man
Actor/Actress: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones
Year: 1962

My Fair Lady
Actor/Actress: Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn
Year: 1964

My Sister Eileen
Choreographers: Bob Fosse
Actor/Actress: Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse
Year: 1955 Sep

Night and Day
Choreographers: LeRoy Prinz
Actor/Actress: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith
Year: 1946 Aug

Actor/Actress: Gordon MacRea, Shirley Jones
Year: 1955

On the Town
Choreographers: Carol Haney, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra
Year: 1997

The Pajama Game
Choreographers: Bob Fosse
Actor/Actress: Doris Day, John Raitt
Year: 1958 Jan

Pardon My Sarong
Choreographers: Katherine Dunham
Actor/Actress: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
Year: 1942 Aug

Choreographers: Kathryn Doby, Bob Fosse, John Mineo
Actor/Actress: Ben Vereen, William Katt, Leslie Denniston
Year: 1981

The Pirate
Choreographers: Robert Alton, Gene Kelly
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
Year: 1948 Jun

The Pirates of Penzance
Actor/Actress: Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt
Year: 1983

The Poor Little Rich Girl
Choreographers: Ralph Cooper, Jack Haskell
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1936 July

Private Lessons
Choreographers: Paul Florenz
Actor/Actress: Hal Le Roy, Down O'Day
Year: 1934 May

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Choreographers: Nick Castle
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple, Bill Robinson
Year: 1938 Mar

Choreographers: Sharon Ferrol-Young, Keith Young
Actor/Actress: Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Rosario Dawson
Year: 2005 Nov

Choreographers: Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1935 Mar

Romance & Cigarettes
Choreographers: Tricia Brouk, Margie Gillis, Mandy Moore, Tasmine Brito
Actor/Actress: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet
Year: 2005 Aug

Choreographers: Dave Gould, George King
Actor/Actress: Eleanor Powell
Year: 1937 Dec

Royal Wedding
Choreographers: Nick Castle, Marilyn Christine, Dave Robel
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell
Year: 1951 Mar

Saturday Night Fever
Actor/Actress: John Travolta

Second Chorus
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1941 Jan

The Seven Little Foys
Choreographers: Nick Castle
Actor/Actress: Bob Hope, Milly Vitale
Year: 1955 May

Shall We Dance
Choreographers: Harry Losee, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1937 May

Ship Ahoy
Choreographers: Bobby Connolly
Actor/Actress: Eleanor Powell
Year: 1942 May

Silk Stockings
Choreographers: Angela Blue, Eugene Loring, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse
Year: 1957 July

The Singing Marine
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley
Actor/Actress: Dick Powell, Doris Weston
Year: 1937 Jul

Singin' In The Rain
Choreographers: Jeanne Coyne, Ernie Flatt, Carol Haney, Gwen Verdon
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
Year: 1952 Apr

The Sky's the Limit
Choreographers: Fred Astaire
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1934 Jul

Small Town Girl
Choreographers: Busby Berkeley, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, Bobby Van
Year: 1953 Apr

The Sound of Music
Actor/Actress: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
Year: 1965

Stand Up and Cheer!
Choreographers: Sammy Lee
Actor/Actress: Shirley Temple
Year: 1934 May

Stormy Weather
Choreographers: Nick Castle, Clarence Robinson
Actor/Actress: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway, Katherine Dunham
Year: 1943 Nov

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1930 Mar

Strike Up the Band
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

Summer Stock
Choreographers: Nick Castle
Actor/Actress: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly
Year: 1950 Aug

Sweet Charity
Choreographers: Bob Fosse, Ed Gasper, Paul Glover, Sonja Haney, John Sharpe, Gwen Verdon
Actor/Actress: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin
Year: 1969 Apr

Swing Time
Choreographers: Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1936 Sept

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Choreographers: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Alex Romero
Actor/Actress: Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly
Year: 1949 Apr

The Wiz
Choreographers: Louis Johnson
Actor/Actress: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
Year: 1978 Oct

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Actor/Actress: Julie Andrews, James Fox, Mary Tyler Moore
Year: 1967 Mar

Three Little Words
Choreographers: Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen
Year: 1950 July

Time Out for Rhythm
Choreographers: LeRoy Prinz
Actor/Actress: Rudy Vallee, Ann Miller
Year: 1941 Jun

Top Hat
Choreographers: Fred Astaire, Hermes Pan
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
Year: 1935 Sept

Two Girls on Broadway
Choreographers: Bobby Connolly, Eddie Larkin
Actor/Actress: Lana Turner, Joan Blondell
Year: 1940 Apr

Actor/Actress: Ziyian Kwan
Year: 2002

West Side Story
Choreographers: Tommy Abbott, Margaret Banks, Howard Jeffrey, Tony Mordente, Jerome Robbins, Hal Bell
Actor/Actress: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer
Year: 1961 Oct

White Christmas
Choreographers: Bob Fosse, Robert Alton
Actor/Actress: Bing Crosby
Year: 1954 Oct

Yolanda and the Thief
Choreographers: Eugene Loring
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire
Year: 1945 Nov

You'll Never Get Rich
Choreographers: Robert Alton
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth
Year: 1941 Sept

Ziegfeld Follies
Choreographers: Robert Alton, Roy DelRuth, Eugene Loring, Charles Walters
Actor/Actress: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball
Year: 1946 Apr