When you hear certain songs you just can’t help yourself: you must dance! These are funny, contagious dance scenes that happen rather unexpectedly and it’s impossible not to related to the characters. Music from the late seventies and early eighties gets the lion share, these are some memorable dance tunes used in many films.
Love Actually – Jump (For My Love), The Pointer Sisters (1983)
British Prime Minister blows off some steam when a great song comes on the radio (and the deejay dedicates it to him)
Los Amantes Pasajeros – I’m So Exited, The Pointer Sisters (1982)
Three flight assistants entertain the worried business class passengers dancing and lip-synching with hilarious results.
In & Out – I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor (1978)
Real men don’t dance… or so the self-help audio book “How to be a man” wants us to believe. Kevin Kline will prove it wrong.
Risky Business – Old Time Rock And Roll, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet (1978)
When the cat is away… iconic scene from the film that launched Tom Cruise’s career.
Full Monty – Hot Stuff, Donna Summer (1979)
Rehearsing their dancing routine while waiting in the unemployment line: priceless!
The Big Chill – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, The Temptations (1966)
Tidying up after dinner with your friends looks like fun.
9 responses to “Sound & Motion Pictures: impromptu dance scenes”
Nice choices! I love that scene from Love Actually! It’s on of those Christmas movies I watch every year while wrapping the presents.
Thanks! That scene cracks me up each time 🙂
I remember watching Risky Business on VHS back in the day. Boy, do I feel old!
yeah, I know , same for me 😉
If you’re looking for examples of impromptu dance scenes then look no further than pretty much every film Christopher Walken has starred in. It’s no secret that he incorporates a dance of some sort into his performances.
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll check them out. For this feature I usually look for a combination of great music with interesting scenes.
This is my first time seeing it; it appears to be an excellent feature.
Thanks! If you are curious about the past entries you can find them under the Odds and Ends menu/ Sound & Motion Pictures
I’ll check them out. Thanks.