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All the Right Moves: Dance Movie Types and Tropes

THE PSEUDO DANCE SPORTS COMPETITION
As we have learned, dance is a state of mind more than a circumscribed form of expression. Movies about cheerleading, ice-skating, gymnastics, and marching bands — among many others — also succeed in capturing the emotional sensibilities, personal struggles, and narrative tropes of the dance movie genre. It’s not about the way you move, but rather how you do and why.
Noteworthy Examples: Cutting Edge (1992), Bring it On (2000), Drumline (2002), Stick It (2006)

OTHER NOTABLE TROPES:

The Agonizing Learning Montage That is Also About Falling In Love: Dirty Dancing (1987)

The Irreverent Rain Dance (That Somehow That Just Makes Everyone Look Better): Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)

The Prom Showdown: She’s All That (1999)

The Tribute to Deceased Parent(s): Save the Last Dance (2001)

We’re all ears for other categories and tropes! Please share in the comments section…

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