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The Grandma With All The Moves. 

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She’s 80 and still dominating the dance floor. Although everyone is a little afraid she’s gonna break a hip.

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The Best Wedding Dances From Movies

Wedding movies range from romantic to funny to bittersweet… but one thing that is always memorable is the dancing! Here are some of the most memorable wedding dances from movies…

Hitch 

These dance moves from Will Smith and Kevin James are so bad, they’re good.

Wedding Crashers

This wedding montage makes wedding crashing look like a lot of fun…

The Wedding Singer

There’s nothing cheesier than an ’80s wedding!

Bridesmaids

Wilson Phillips make you want to hold on for one more day

Bend It Like Beckham

What’s the only thing more fun than dancing at your sister’s wedding? Winning your big soccer game.

Bride and Prejudice

In this Pride and Prejudice remake done Bollywood style, every dance scene is epic, but this might be the best one…

The Wedding Date 

Not technically a wedding dance, but they’re at a dance lesson before the wedding…

You Again

Another pre-wedding dance lesson, but this scene is a lot more… violent… than the one above.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm_AzxSTeUA

American Wedding

This scene from American Wedding is sweet…

… but this was really the best dancing moment from that film!

Ten Things You Never Want to Hear Your Dance Partner Say

Dance floor chatter is usually limited to stuff like “Nice moves” and “Hey, have you seen Ian?  He was my ride.”  But there are certain things you never want to hear your dance partner say.

1.  “I love dancing.  It really makes me forget about my STD’s.”

2.  “So, is that roofie kicking in yet?”

3.  “You’re so strong.  I told the bouncer you could kick his ass no problem.”

4.  “You’re dancing?  I’m sorry.  I thought you were having a seizure.”

5.  “I’ll get the bartender’s attention.  Just let me fire off a few rounds.”

6.  “If you’re not homeless, why are you dressed that way?”

7.  “Hey, let’s go meet my mom.  She’s at the table behind you!”

8.  “I hope you have sex better than you dance.”

9.  “I told the DJ to play some more Miley Cyrus!”

10.  “Let’s get out of here after this song.  The fire I set should probably be spreading by then.”

Think you can do better? We know you can! Leave your terrible dance convo one liners below!

Iconic Dance Moments You Know You’ve Tried To Recreate

Certain pop culture moments just stay with you after you’ve seen them. They’re not necessarily the best scenes from movies or television or music videos, but for whatever reason they’ve stuck with you over the years. Any of these scenes might’ve been part of your childhood experience or remind you of a certain point in your life. Maybe you’ve watched them over and over… maybe you and your friends tried to reenact them. (If you haven’t tried to recreate at least one of these moments then you probably at least wish you had.)

These are some of my iconic pop culture dance moments. If you’re near my age, you’ve probably done at least one of the things on this list.

The “lift” from Dirty Dancing
(especially in a swimming pool or lake)

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Any of the moves from the library scene in The Breakfast Club

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Pee Wee Herman’s “Tequila!” dance

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Will and Carlton’s “Apache” routine from Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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The Kid ‘N Play dance from House Party
(my personal favorite, I do this every chance I get)

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Snapping like you’re in a West Side Story gang

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Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video

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Were you born to hand-jive in Grease?

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Dancing on the bar like in Coyote Ugly
(Bonus points if you got more than two steps done before they kicked you out)

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Dance without pants like Tom Cruise in Risky Business

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Fist pump like you were on The Jersey Shore

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Headbang in the car a la Wayne’s World

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Anything John Travolta does in Saturday Night Fever

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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at the VMAs

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The Best Random Movie “Prop Dancing”

One of our favorite parts of musical films is the way the choreographers sometimes have to manipulate a scene to include singing and dancing where it might not necessarily make sense naturally. Sometimes this results in movie magic perfection. Other times… you get people dancing with bowling balls.

Yes, that’s right. Dancing with bowling balls. Sometimes a prop makes a dance scene all that much better… and sometimes it doesn’t. Here are a few of my favorite musical moments that involve some pretty random props…


 

We’re Gonna Score Tonight – Grease 2

Everyone knows that Grease 2 is the ugly stepsister to Grease… but I secretly kind of love how cheesy it is. It tries so hard to be as good as the original but fails miserably. Even Michelle Pfeiffer can’t save it. However there’s something kind of amazing about the bowling alley scene…. It’s so bad, it’s almost good. They are dancing with bowling balls!

 


 

Get’Cha Head in the Game – High School Musical

Get’Cha Head in the Game was one of the bigger hits from the insanely popular High School Musical. And yet… it’s so ridiculous that they’re singing and dancing while playing basketball.

 


 

Singin’ in the Rain – Singin’ in the Rain

This one is a true classic. Gene Kelly uses both an umbrella and a lamppost… but truthfully the rain and puddles are as much of props as the umbrella.

 


 

It’s Raining Men – Magic Mike

Channing Tatum and company managed to take Gene Kelly’s immortal dancing-with-umbrella and somehow make it sexy.

 


 

Step in Time – Mary Poppins

Another classic. Bert and the rest of the chimney sweeps dancing with brooms across the rooftops with Mary Poppins and the Banks children. You can’t help but love it.

 


 

The Lady in the Tutti Fruitti Hat – The Gang’s All Here

An oldie-but-a-goodie… in 2014 this one seems completely ridiculous, but remains the best use of bananas as a dance prop ever.

 


 

Dentist – Little Shop of Horrors

This must be the only time that dental equipment was used as a dance prop. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

 


 

Heart and Soul/Chopsticks – Big

Not exactly a proper dance scene (and not exactly a “prop” per se), but this is one of those iconic movie moments that will stick with us forever.

 


 

Time – The American Mall

I’ve only met a few people who have even heard of The American Mall and that’s probably because it is incredibly dumb. (My daughter and I refer to it as “the best teen musical film… that takes place in a mall”).  Almost every moment from this movie is hilariously silly, but this sequence with The Janitors might just take the prize for most random and ridiculous props used in a single dance scene.

 

Something Old, Something New…Learn These Wedding Moves!

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and what better time is it than to get hitched! As Save the Dates are piling up on my refrigerator, it has become clear to me that Wedding Season is in full swing. Weddings can be the most looked-forward to event of the summer: single sexy wedding goers, delicious food and unlimited drinks, fun music, and yep, you guessed it…dancing! To ensure that your summertime wedding experience is as great as it can be, it’s crucial that you feel comfortable on the dance floor. Be familiar with these popular wedding dances so that when the time comes, you’re prepared to leave the crab cakes behind and dance the night away.

YMCA

Cupid Shuffle

Cha Cha Slide

Electric Slide

Shout

Wobble

 

And if these videos haven’t taught you enough, take a cue from Owen and Vince:

Wedding Crashers rules on dancing:

Rule #39: The way to a woman’s bed is through the dance floor.

Rule #40: Dance with old folks and the kids. The girls will think you’re “sweet.”

Rule #68: Dance with the Bride’s grandmother.

Rule #91: Never dance to “What I Like About You.” It’s long past time to let that song go. Someone will request it at every wedding. Don’t dance to it. No matter how hot the girl.

Rule #95: Try not to show off on the dance floor. This means you Jeremy.

 

Now loosen up that tie, lace up those shiny shoes, and get to groovin’ with the happy couple!

Ten Movies That Accidentally Teach You How to Dance

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

Ace Ventura shows you proper ballet turn out.

 Some movies are dance movies, with a capital “D.” These movies seek to illuminate the already shimmering world of dance, and bring new converts into the fold. Dirty Dancing captured many an imagination, and straightened many a frame after Patrick Swayze chastised, “Spaghetti Arms!” But for every Dirty Dancing, there are many non-dance focused films that actually snuck dance lessons into their scripts. Here are 10 great examples of these fun, accidental learning curves.

 

#10 Pulp Fiction

Dance: The Twist

 Tarantino is famously a musical director, and Pulp Fiction really put his vintage tastes on display. By the 90s, most people had totally forgotten The Twist, but seeing Uma Thurman and John Travolta torqueing their hips on the dance floor ignited a craze. Just by observing these two, you can get a pretty good idea of how to do the dance, and then realize what a workout it is for your lats!

#9 Hitch

Dance: Awkward Man Dance

 Will Smith’s legendary dance skills come into play in this charming romantic comedy when he tries to teach clueless bachelor Kevin James how to dance. While Smith gives a great, easy lesson about how to move if you just have no idea what to do, this movie also contains a hidden, more valuable gem: expressing yourself is the best dance move of all, no matter what anyone thinks.

#8 Grease

Dance: Hand Jive

 Really, the entire school dance scene in this film could be a lesson in how to provocatively partner dance. In fact, all of the moves these (supposedly) high school students do are extremely appropriate…for anywhere but in a high school dance. Nevertheless, one can’t help watching Olivia Newton-John and Travolta (again) without trying to mimic their motions. Generations of schoolgirls know the handjive just from watching this movie a thousand times.

#7 Addams Family Values

Dance: Ballroom/Tango

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 A dark horse candidate for our list (see what I did there?), this sequel to the gleefully ghastly Addams Family was noteworthy for many reasons, but perhaps none so much as this excessively silly yet passionate dance between Gomez and Morticia. While many of these dance moves are, obviously, nigh impossible, there is actually a great amount of proper etiquette and technique present in this scene. Gomez invites Morticia onto the dance floor with impeccable style, their attitudes and facial expressions (not to mention their demeanor) fit perfectly with the amorous, antagonistic tango, and their frame is almost flawless! Plus they are aces at engaging with their audience, as any expert dancer would do.

#6 Moulin Rouge

Dance: Argentine Tango

 In a more realistic turn for the tango, Moulin Rouge includes a detailed scene that captures the perfect essence of the dance, along with most of the lovely steps as well. Moulin Rouge in general is a frenetic film that features many interesting dance lessons, if you pay close enough attention!

#5 Rocky Horror Picture Show

Dance: Time Warp

 In a film with cross-dressing aliens, a scantily clad Susan Sarandon, and shiny gold Speedos, who would have expected such a detailed dance lesson? But there it is, with diagrams and everything! No one can watch this scene and not know how to do the Time Warp afterwards. It’s just a jump to the left!

#4 Magic Mike

Dance: Hip-Hop/Manly Stripping

 If there’s any motto you can learn from these films, it’s that strippin’ ain’t easy. Now, while Channing Tatum in Magic Mike pulls off some moves that human beings probably shouldn’t be able to pull off, the more average, yet still athletic MConaughey gyrates, contorts, and shimmies in a way that could teach any man watching how to shake his stuff for his lover, or an adoring crowd.

#3 Death Proof

Dance: Lady Stripping

 Again Tarantino with his retro music, and extended dance scenes. And somehow, he provides a lap dance to end all lap dances. Any woman would be wise to watch this scene and take notes, as these moves are probably too hot even for the strip club, but can be toned down if you must use them out in public.

#2 James Bond films

Dance: Bellydancing

 Who knew that all these years, James Bond films were really trying to teach all of us to belly dance? Now, the technique these women show is not so easy to mimic, but it’s almost impossible not to try after watching them gyrate sexily for several minutes!

#1 Cinderella (or any film where they dance the Waltz)

Dance: Waltz

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The Waltz is a surprisingly easy dance to learn, considering how hard it is to actually dance it in a modern ballroom. Since it is a traveling dance, it requires a much larger amount of room than most dance halls have nowadays, and an ability to navigate that many modern dancers don’t have developed. However, if you ever get the opportunity, you’ll probably know how to Waltz, if you watch this clip or any period film, because they’re always doing the basic box step, and almost nothing else! Simple, elegant, and impossibly romantic.