8 Best Dance Movies on Netflix

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With Netflix’s streaming service, you have a wide variety of films from which to choose, and they come in a variety of styles and genres. One of the most entertaining movie genres are those films based on dancing. The movies range from huge, theatrical productions with music, song, and dance, to gritty, dramatic films about dancers on the rise in a rough and tumble world. So, let’s take a look at eight of the most interesting dance movies on Netflix. At least one of them should fix your craving for dance related films.

8. Match (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Stephen Belber
Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Match is the compelling story of a couple who visits a former Julliard dance professor (Patrick Stewart) about the history of dance of the 1960s. During the course of their interview, we come to find that they may have ulterior motives for approaching this particular retired teacher. Adapted from a Broadway play, this film has multiple twists and turns, as well as fantastic performances by the cast. Anchored by legend Patrick Stewart, it delivers on the fronts of both drama and mystery.

7. High School Musical (2006)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: 1 hr 37 min
Runtime: Kenny Ortega
IMDb Rating: 5.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%
MPAA Rating: G
Streaming on: All Netflix

A popular film that made a good box office return, High School Musical is well described by its title. It follows the story of several high school students who get involved with the theater, particularly an athletic boy (Zac Effron) and a brainy girl (Vanessa Hudgens). They surprise their friends by making theater cool again. Produced by Disney for a younger audience, the film has two sequels, which also stream on Netflix.

6. A Ballerina’s Tale (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Nelson George
Runtime: 1 hr 23 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This documentary follows the life of Misty Copeland, one of the first African-American ballerinas to rise to the top of the super competitive world of ballet. She struggles through injury and against racial prejudice in an elite art form. Issues of body image are addressed, as are the challenges anyone must face when rising to the top of their career, especially when there are forces aligned against your success.

5. Breaking Through (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: John Swetnam
Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
IMDb Rating: 4.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Newly discovered dancing star, Casey (Sofia Aquiar), is torn between the friends in her dancing troupe and the opportunity to hit it big on her own. An agent has found her to be an amazing talent, but he wants her to go solo and leave her friends behind. She is then thrust into the competitive world of professional dancing and must navigate this new world while still maintaining her integrity to her art and herself.

4. Strike a Pose (2016)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan
Runtime: 1 hr 25 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This documentary tells the true life story of rock super diva Madonna’s troupe of dancers, which performed with her during the 1990 Blond Ambition tour. They are Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, and Salim Gauwloos. They performed with her in the famous “Truth or Dare” video, which people still watch today. The movie tells the story of their struggle, their talents, and their rise to the top of their field. This surprising and moving story that also touches upon issues of sexuality showcases their desire to express themselves through the art of dance.

3. Magic Mike (2012)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Runtime: 1 hr 50 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%
MPAA Rating: R
Streaming on: All Netflix

A sexy, funny drama based in a male strip club, Magic Mike is a lot of fun to watch. It tells the story of Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) who is trying to train a new, younger man, Adam (Alex Pettyfer) how to survive the perils of professional stripping. His mentor, Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), still strips as well, though he may not be as good an influence on the newcomer as Mike. Struggles and dramas appear, as the men try to make it in this challenging business while still maintaining healthy relationships with those they love.

2. The Dancer and the Thief (2009)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Fernando Trueba
Runtime: 2 hr 2 min
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%
MPAA Rating: NR
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This Spanish film tells the story of a young man (Ricardo Darin) released from prison in Chile during the very beginning of its democratic period. He was in jail for cracking safes, and now that he is out, he is interested in finding a big score. He plans a special heist, which becomes more complicated once he meets the mysterious dancer Victoria (Miranda Bodenhofer). She offers him the opportunity to discover if there is more to his life than simple thievery.

1. Ballet 422 (2014)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Jody Lee Lipes
Runtime: 1 hr 15 min
IMDb Rating: 6.2
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Follow the New York City ballet company as it prepares a show from first rehearsal to opening curtain at a world premiere. This documentary shows the drama and struggle dancers face as they try to make it big in one of the most competitive ballet companies in the world. Both interesting for committed dance fans and engaging enough to attract newcomers, this film gives an intimate look at the struggle inside the business of professional dance.

There are a number of wonderful movies available for streaming on Netflix. This list is just a sample of some of the best dance movies on Netflix. They range from documentaries to dramas, and they promise to both entertain and inspire. Some have a comedic flair, while others tend toward more serious themes of both struggle and strife. With the convenience of Netflix’s streaming service, you can sample several of them to find which dance themed movie most appeals to you.

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