I watch a lot of dance movies, usually when my sister and I are in our hometown at the same time. They do awesome things with spectacle, there’s usually some social commentary in there, dance is great, dancers are great, and you don’t have to pay any attention to the dialogue after the third one.
Lines you might want to include:
- "What if this doesn’t work?" "It has to."
- "Let’s bring it to the streets!"
- "You gotta step up."
- "You think you can bring YOUR crew HERE?"
- "I’m a dancer! This IS my job!"
Pick three out of the five. BOOM! Dance movie script.
Lots of dance movies also bring in some good old-fashioned Romeo and Juliet stuff, where there’s a clash between rival crews/dance schools/social classes, but THIS talented hetero couple, representing each side of the conflict, can show the power of unity and love… through dance! Their literal or figurative families clash, threats are made, the law is called, but eventually, some are pardoned, others punished and the spirit of the subculture is healed.
(Even better: no one dies)
I sincerely love these movies, and the fact that I can predict what story beats will take place at what point is actually part of my enjoyment. But I feel we could move away from Romeo and Juliet for a while. Even if we’re not quite ready to leave Shakespeare behind, could Jon M. Chu, Yako Miyamato, Parris Goebel and the D’umos get together and think about a dance movie based on one of these?
- King Lear: A dance school owner retires. She’ll apportion out the assets according to how much love her three daughters show her in a solo performance. The youngest is criticised for being too stiff and unemotional, and the school is divided between the two older girls. Their squabbling and their mother’s insistence on still interfering with the business threatens the integrity and sustainability of this once-renowned school and also leads to some awesome dance-offs. The youngest girl has meanwhile taken up with a parkeur-influenced crew (FRENCH!) and returns to save the day with her hot boyfriend. LOOK AT MY EMOTIONS NOW MA.
- Hamlet: A young man returns to his hometown after a successful international tour as a junior dancer to discover that in the wake of his father’s death, his uncle has bowled over his grieving mother and taken over the management of his crew, with some suspicious looking exclusive contracts. He distracts his uncle with a series of increasingly dangerous, eccentric and spectacular routines while his best friend and awesome girlfriend uncover proof of his uncle’s perfidy. Lights, lights!
- Henry V: At the International World Dance Championship World Dance Day, teams from France and England fight it out for world supremacy and the shiny cash prize that will Save Their Club. Bonus points for Katherine totally schooling Henry.
- Much Ado About Nothing:Intrigue and romance in a ballroom dancing championship. oh my god masquerade scene.
- The Winter’s Tale: Dance-off with a bear.