The dance movies of the 80s had some of the best soundtracks of those times, with dancers or movie stars dressed in spandex and dancing their hearts to retro music. As a result, there was an increase in the genre of dance movies during this era as people started loving them.
This video had the top 10 most memorable choreographed dance sequences of the movies in the 1980s. At number 10 was Score Tonight from Grease 2, released in 1982. It did not quite live up to its predecessor, but it had quite a fair share of notable songs and dance numbers. Perhaps the most impressive routine was when the remarkable dancers danced at the bowling alley and brilliantly combined the game with animated steps.
Number 9 was Xanadu, released in 1980. Unfortunately, it did not do well at the box office. However, one category they were eligible for was beautiful choreography. After all, this was the movie helmed by Olivia Newton-John & Gene Kelly. However, nothing was more quintessential than the flashy number. It had exaggerated moves, bold costumes, and rollerblades that screamed during the 80s.
At number 8 were the Opening Credits from Do the Right Thing, released in 1989. Spike Lee’s movie credits were almost as memorable as the movie itself. The things were prevalent when you found Rosie Perez dancing to fight the power. Finally, number 7 had Far from Over from Staying Alive, released in 1983. If you are not yet feeling the 80s nostalgia, this movie will surely get you into the mood.
The sequel to 1977’s Saturday Night Fever reintroduced us to a former disco king, (Tony Monaro) John Travolta. He pursued his big dance break and stole the spotlight from the others. At number 6 was Prove Me Wrong from White Nights, with the ballet giant Mikhail Baryshnikov & tap-dancing legend Gregory Hines dancing together.
Number 5 had The Audition from FlashDance, released in 1983. It had this unbelievably bold dance choreographed on a chair. The innovative choreography went so hard that no one felt they could top it. But then came Alex’s audition. However, Alex’s audition dance routine had her dancing to Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling.” This dance changed the face of musical movie history and became a pop culture icon. Finally, at number 4 was Everyone Gets Footloose from the movie Footloose, released in 1984. Whether it was angry dancing or the prom dance, the audience loved the dancers enjoying themselves.
Number 3 had Opening Scene Audition from A Chorus Line, released in 1985, another unforgettable movie. Fame found a place at number 2. The opening dance moment proved that you don’t need perfect choreography to make a memorable dance scene. Detention Dance from The Breakfast Club (1985) was worth a mention. However, the number 1 spot was taken by (I’ve had) the time of my life from Dirty Dancing in 1987. Few dances from the 80s movies stand out. This movie stood out because the film choreographers Kenny Ortega & Doriana Sanchez combined several dance hours to create the signature moves.