Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of the day of love, we’ve rounded up the top 10 most romantic moments from dance movie history. Grab your loved one — or your girlfriends — and some popcorn, and get watching. (Bonus points if you recreate any of these scenes! If you do, tag us on Instagram @joandjax!) We love love…and dancing.
1. Dirty Dancing
That iconic lift. That’s all you need to know. (Don’t necessarily try this one at home, folks.)
While we don’t necessarily condone changing your entire appearance and wardrobe to impress a guy or girl, we do condone reuniting at a carnival with an abundance of choreography, a la Danny and Sandy in Grease. Tell me about it…stud.
Forget the dreamy ball scene at the end (uh, minus the evil stepmother turned vicious dragon). We’re all about the delightful dance through Central Park, which is pretty much the moment Robert falls in love with Giselle.
4. Step Up
The movie that launched the real-life romance between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. Sigh.
5. Center Stage
Yes, the final scene has elements of romance between the epic Charlie-Jody Sawyer-Cooper Nielson love triangle. But we’re more interested in those rapid-fire costume and hair changes, TBH. (Seriously, Jody, how?)
6. Step Up 3D
Moose and Camille are swoon-city in this are-we-friends-or-more-than-friends Fred Astaire-inspired dance through the New York City streets. If this is what college in NYC is like, we’re ready to enroll!
7. West Side Story
Sure, the Sharks and Jets rivalry is the backbone of this classic story, but the Jerome Robbins choreography is too good to ignore.
8. Step Up Revolution
Kathryn McCormick is in her element doing contemporary on the Miami waterfront in the final scene of this emotionally-charged movie. We are all about it.
9. Moulin Rouge!
This uber-romantic karaoke-style mashup of love songs doesn’t even need choreography. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are so dreamy and their voices are so lovely, that we don’t even notice there’s not a whole lot of dancing happening at this point in the flashy film.
10. An American in Paris
Gene Kelly. Enough said.