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We all know of the great pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. But check out Fred and the only partner he said ever intimidated him- Eleanor Powell. The movie is Broadway Melody of 1940 and even though it is a simple 'mistaken identity' plot it is very much worth a watch for the dancing. Considered to be the best tap sequence ever put down on film, Begin the Beguine is simply amazing. It's everything it should be- Fred in a bolero jacket, Ellie in a flowing gown, a beautiful Cole Porter score- two of the most gifted dancers of their time taking your breath away.

The Full Monty1997- a movie about a group of unemployed, down on their luck steel workers, who decide they have nothing left to loose- except their clothing.

That's Entertainment 1 and 2- hugely popular in the 70's, these DVDs offer retrospectives of some of MGM's best films over the previous 40 years. There are many dance sequences with the biggest and best- Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Mickey Rooney. If you aren't sure that musicals or dance movies are for you, this is a good way to get a broad overview. These really are entertaining.

Billy Elliot 2000 - this is a wonderful story of young boy who much to his coal mining father's displeasure would rather do ballet than boxing. As the family continues to disintegrate during the hardship of a strike, Billy and his father must find a way to overcome their differences.

Waiting for Guffman- not technically a dance movie or musical, I have included this because it has the funniest 60 second dance that I have ever seen. From the delightfully irreverent minds of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy--it is actually funny on every level.

Hairspray- we have both versions of this- the 1988 with Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry and the 2007 with John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah (I prefer the new one). The story revolves aroung a 1960's television dance show and the pervasive racial segregation of the time. This is an enjoyable couple of hours.

And just in case you would rather actually do the dancing than watch it, we have instructional dvds on tap, ballet, waltz, belly, tango, swing, rumba, mambo, lambada, foxtrot, cha-cha, hip hop, hula, highland, country, Persian, funk, jazz, improvisational, baroque, meringue, pasa doble, disco, nightclub and Celtic---phew, my feet are killing me! To find what you want, do a keyword search of dvd dance-- which will bring up over 150 titles.


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