There are more ways to get your dance fix than just watching YouTube clips. Although there are a plethora of shows since the ’40s that are about dance, you will be hard pressed to be able to watch them. Here are some that you might be interested to watch: (Still working on this list.)
PBS: Historic Minnesota Ballrooms (Ballrooms have a fabulous musical history starting with the Big Bands of the 30s and 40s to the famous artists of the 50s through 90s; the ballrooms in western Minnesota had them all. Hear stories of those who attended the Fiesta Ballroom in Montevideo, and those who attend a surviving ballroom, the Lakeside, in Glenwood.)
PBS: Dance for Me (This film aired on July 21, 2014, on PBS.. Here’s the blurb: At 15, Russian ballroom dancer Egor leaves everyone and everything he knows for a chance to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young performers. Will his choice be worth the sacrifices he must make?)
Dancing With the Stars (I doubt this needs an introduction. There are spin-off versions all over the world.)
Montecito (Set in the ballroom world, you can follow the students of Montecito, Calif., and their teachers work out the issues both on and off the floor. Not sure it’s available to watch online anymore.) You can read my opinion of the show here.
Big Ballet (Driven by the inspirational British dancer Wayne Sleep, you can watch this plus-size troupe put on Swan Lake.) Recommend.
Ballet Chancers (Ireland’s most famous ballerina, Monica Loughman, takes on the challenge of a lifetime — turn six streetwise hip hop dancers into elegant ballet dancers in just four months.)
Breaking Pointe (Go behind the scenes of Ballet West company and watch the dancers compete and support each other as they further their careers.) Recommend
Bunhead (Starring Sutton Foster, the show centers on a Las Vegas showgirl who gets married on a whim and winds up teaching alongside her new mother-in-law at her ballet school.) Although I wish there had been more dancing — Sutton Foster was quirky and charming and a loveable lead! Recommend
Dance Academy (An Australian show, Dance Academy is narrated mainly from the perspective of Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), a newly accepted first year student at the National Academy of Dance. Throughout the series, she learns to better her ballet technique, as well as learn contemporary ballet and hip-hop dance.) If you like to watch young dancers learn and don’t mind the drama that will ensue. 🙂
So You Think You Can Dance? (Watch young dancers from all different dance backgrounds come together and compete for top billing.) Recommend.
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Strictly Ballroom (Directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann, who also did Moulin Rouge, this 1992 Australian movie is must-see for any ballroom dancer! It even got 5 stars on Rotten Tomatoes!) Recommend
Dirty Dancing (Classic)
Shall We Dance? (Probably inspired more people to take up ballroom dancing than we can imagine.)
Ballroom Dancer (Follow Slavik Kryklyvyy as he seeks to regain a footing on the ballroom competition floor. It’s very moving.) Recommend
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