Monday, September 17, 2012

My 10 Favorite Dance Scenes from '80s Movies

I was born in 1980, so it's hard for me not to like everything about that decade. I remember wearing suspenders that had silver Michael Jackson gloves attached to them, and blasting Madonna's "Like a Virgin" even though I was 5 years old and clueless about its meaning. I used to watch bootleg VHS copies of My Little Pony and  He-Man that my sister would send my brother and I in the mail. And of course, I rocked the side ponytail like it was my job.


However, my fondest memory of the '80s was listening to cheesy pop and hip hop tunes and trying to imitate breakdance moves. Back then it looked awesome and groundbreaking, but now it just looks ridiculous.

Still, some of the most memorable scenes from 80s movies came from dance sequences. Need proof? Take a look at these:

10.  Pretty in Pink (1986) - The Duckie Dance

Before Jon Cryer became known as the nerdy brother of Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, he was known as the nerd with a crush on Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. Here he is trying to show that white boys can somewhat dance (but they are horrible at lip syncing).




9.  Teen Wolf  (1985) - The Wolf Dance

This was Michael J. Fox's second big box office hit after Back to the Future. In this scene it looks like the students went back three years into the past to imitate many of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" moves.



8.  Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) - The TV Show Final Dance

This movie is the epitome of everything 80's. Neon spandex. Crimped hair. Shoulder pads. Sarah Jessica Parker's character in Sex in the City would be appalled at herself.



7. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - Twist and Shout Dance

Ferris Bueller was THE COOLEST 80's character, not only because of this scene, but because he could pull off this leopard-print vest.



6.  Sixteen Candles (1984) - The Geek Dance

Anthony Michael Hall played the geek perfectly in this film, mastering the way geeks wear headgear and how they bust a move on the dancefloor.



5. The Last Dragon (1985) - Sum Dum Goy Dance

This is one of my favorite movies of all time, not only because it has characters named Bruce Leroy and Sho'nuff in it, but because of this hilarious scene.



4.  The Breakfast Club (1985) - In School Suspension Dance

I don't know if you can call anything in this scene dancing (more like convulsions or spastic reactions), but it's still awesome.



3.  Coming to America (1988) - Tribal Dance

Eddie Murphy was THE MAN back in the 80's. In my opinion, Coming to America is one of his funniest films. Soul Glo. Sexual Chocolate. McDowell's. And this dance scene.



2.  Beetlejuice (1988) - Day-O Dance

This was Tim Burton's best film because of its great cast (Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis), awesome special effects and this memorable scene.



1.  Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) - On the Ceiling Dance

This is hands-down the BEST 80's dance scene ever. The music + Turbo breakdancing on the ceiling = AWESOME.


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