It’s National Dance Day and it’s not too late to plan your big celebration!
Here are some movies currently in the box that just might inspire you to get up and dance.
Beauty and The Beast: This year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast recreates one of the most iconic dance scenes of all time: Belle (Emma Watson) in her floor-length yellow dress, swirling gracefully around the ballroom with a reformed Beast (Dan Stevens). Swoon! Or if dancing and stomping on tables is more your thing, don’t forget about Gaston (the perfectly cast Luke Evans) and his fans at the pub belting out his boastful tune, which is of course called “Gaston.”
La La Land: Put on your sharpest shoes and try to match steps with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as they tap, slide and twirl their way across LA in search of their dreams. If the high-energy opening dance sequence set on the freeway doesn’t get you up out of your seat, nothing will! And don’t forget that two of La La Land’s six (!) Oscars were for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. What more could you ask for?
Moana: In households across America, families have been holding dance parties set to the Moana soundtrack, which includes upbeat tunes written by “Hamilton” maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda and Samoan singer-songwriter Opetaia Foa’i. You’ve got everything from the Bowie-esque “Shiny,” to the tongue-in-cheek “You’re Welcome” (The Rock sings!), to the rollicking “We Know the Way,” to the Oscar-nominated “How Far I’ll Go.” If you haven’t experienced the joy of Moana yet, today’s the day you need to remedy that situation.
Sing: Here’s another great animated film that adults and kids alike have been jamming to ever since it came out. Sing follows an animal singing competition and includes a soundtrack packed with a mix of all-time favorites (think Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing”) and rockin’ originals, like Scarlett Johansson’s “Set It All Free” and Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s Oscar-nominated opener “Faith.” On top of all that, the audition-montage scene is straight-up hilarious.
Now, you just need to decide if you’re in the mood for a romantic twirl around your living room, a tap dance atop your furniture, a traditional South Pacific stomp in front of the screen or a full-on dance jam in your jammies. Happy dancing!
By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson