4 Great Dance Scenes in Nondance Movies

Some of the BEST dance scenes happen in nondance movies.

The Breakfast Club (1985): Stuck in a library on a Saturday with nothing to do? Why not bust out your best dance moves? That’s exactly what occurs in The Breakfast Club, when Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and the rest of the “Brat Pack” begin head banging, jumping, kicking, flailing and playing air guitar to Karla DeVito’s “We Are Not Alone.”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986): On a day he ditches school, Ferris Bueller manages to get the entire crowd dancing as he sings “Twist and Shout” atop a parade float. Memorable moves include: fist-pumping ladies in lederhosen, grape-vining pedestrians, a step-touching marching band and, of course, a young Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller doing the twist.

Pulp Fiction (1994): John Travolta’s dance background comes in handy when he and Uma Thurman enter a twist competition at a ’50s-themed restaurant. As a gangster, Travolta contrasts his tough-guy persona with surprising lightness and humor in this memorable scene.

Slumdog Millionaire (2008): Bollywood dance went mainstream in this rags-to-riches love story set in India that concludes with a fun and uplifting dance scene on a train platform. The dancers step, clap, bounce, wave and nod their heads to the Oscar-winning song “Jai Ho” in this happy ending.

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