We’re each allowed to have our own views on things around here at Frock Flicks, so while Sarah had her Top Five Dance Scenes in Historical Costume Movies and Kendra had Top 5 Dance Scenes: A Different Take, now it’s time for my top five dance scenes. Since I’m the one who started the ‘shaddap I love musicals‘ tag, my picks are all from musicals, listed chronologically!
“Skip to My Lou” from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
OK, it’s not much of a dance, per se, but I love the concept here that a bunch of supposed teenagers and college kids are partying by playing instruments and dancing in their parent’s parlor. Also, I love Judy Garland!
“Make ’em Laugh” from Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
In one of the very best movies for dancing ever made, I chose the one that always brings a smile to my face. Donald O’Connor put himself in the hospital for four days after filming this epic piece of physical comedy, and I think it was worthwhile.
“Ascott Gavotte” from My Fair Lady (1964)
Less dancing than a perfect bit of stage choreography, but this is my list so I’m including it. Every bow, head turn, parasol open, each little movement is perfectly timed to the music.
“He’s My Friend” from The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)
Debbie Reynolds can do no wrong, and in this tour de force, it takes two men to keep up with her, even though she’s in a beaded gown and heels.
“Waiter’s Gallop / Hello, Dolly” from Hello Dolly! (1969)
I can’t find a YouTube clip of the best part where the waiters are dancing with trays and going up and down the stairs. But it happens around this part of the flick. Hate on Babs all ya want, synchronized servers is a hoot!
What’s your favorite dancing scenes from a historical costume musical?