In continuance to the list of salsa dancing movies we already gave you, there are more dance movies that are worth watching. They may not be categorized as salsa dancing movies, but they are definitely about Latin dance. Ballroom dancing and samba are some of the subjects of the following movies.
This is an American remake of a 1996's Japanese comedy Shall we dance? The cast consist of Richard Gere, who plays the role of John Clark, a workaholic, a sexy dance instructor (Jennifer Lopez) and Clarks wife, played by Susan Sarandon, from whom he desperately tries to hide the fact that he has taken on dancing lessons. His wife suspects he is having an affair as Clark behavior suddenly changes. She even hires a private detective to find out what he is up to. It’s a funny and entertaining movie.
The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is brought back to life in the film Black Orpheus. They have given new meaning to the story and changed location, Rio de Janeiro.
The samba dancer Orpheus, engaged to Mira, falls in love with Eurydice. Mira is out for revenge. The story unfolds with the Rio de Janeiro Carnival on the background. A passionate and sensual experience to watch. Due to its brilliant color photography and beautiful soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.
I wonder if there is anyone who has not seen this film. And for a that reason alone I should write about it.
In 1963 the young and innocent 17-year-old Baby goes on holiday with her parents. They go to the Catskill's resort. Drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music, Baby meets one of the dance instructors, Johnny. When one of the female dance instructors becomes ill Baby becomes Johnny’s dancing partner. Inevitably they fall in love.
The dance scenes are hot and spicy. Especially for the early sixties, but also when the movie was released in 1987. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey did a great job translating the roles of Johnny and Frances (Baby). It is not only a serious story, but also funny at the same time. A movie many of us have seem more then ones!
Save the last dance is more of a hip-hop fairy tale. Julia Stiles plays Sara, a ballet dancer and high-school senior who moves to Chicago. She just lost her mother in a car crash. Sarah blames herself as her mom was rushing to her daughters audition.
At her new high school she meets Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas). He teaches her Hip-hop dancing. They are attracted to each other but have to overcome many obstacles together.
The director Thomas Carter allowed these characters to be real, intelligent, and thoughtful about their lives and their futures. The playfulness and dedication makes the dance scenes great to watch, despite the fact that it is not in the category salsa dancing movies.
Mad Hot Ballroom is a documentary about a successful after-school program in New York City. We follow a group of troubled kids from there first dance lesson to the dance finals.
Watch young kids develop as dancers and find their way to the final competition is heartwarming. They dance old-school styles including the meringue, rumba, tango, foxtrot and swing. These children give a different meaning to ballroom dancing; it goes from lame to super cool!