Quarantine is a terrific time to dance like nobody’s watching, especially since it’s the International Day of Dance today, April 29. Recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology says that Dance Movement Therapy has a positive effect on quarantined population, encouraging them to exercise and reeling them out of anxiety and depression.

That said, if you possess two left feet and are looking for an alternative to boogying in front of your mirror, you can dive feet first into watching these movies about dance. We’ve selected six foot-tapping flicks that will inspire you to two-step across your living room. Just keep a bowl of popcorn ready. Dancing shoes are optional.

La La Land (2016)

While the Academy-award nominated musical doesn’t revolve around dance, dancing is a huge element and urges on the tale of Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they find love and chase their dreams across modern-day Los Angeles. Their fast-footed moves pay homage to set pieces from iconic films from the yesteryears such as An American in Paris and West Side Story. Complex tap dances, dreamy aerial waltzes, jazz-inspired choreography – it’s all packed into this sweeping romantic drama.

Available on Netflix.

Grease (1978)

Forty-two years since it first struck the silver screens, this film adaptation of the Broadway musical has a devoted cult following and infuses the quintessential boy-meets-girl story with fifties’ fast cars, rock and roll, high-school cliques and summer lovin’. When their brief summer romance ends, Sandy (Olivia John-Newton) and Danny (John Travolta) think they’ll never meet again until they cross paths in their high-school. Hand-jives, makeovers and high-octane high-school dances will hold you in its sway.

Available on Netflix.

Center Stage (2000)

This teenage drama throws the spotlight on the gruelling world of competitive ballet through the story of Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull) and her fellow classmates (one of whom is Zoe Saldana) at the American Ballet Academy. Each of the aspiring dancers push their physical and mental limits to make the cut at the prestigious American Ballet Company. There’s no glory without guts, and the run-up to the film’s fierce finale dance (Schull’s fiery red is iconic) pirouette viewers through eating disorders, gruelling auditions, body image issues and teen angst.

Available on Netflix.

Aajaa Nachle (2007)

Touted as the comeback vehicle for Bollywood’s original dancing queen, Madhuri Dixit, the movie packs in dancing galore that let her showcase her famed moves. Prodigal student Dia (Madhuri Dixit), a New York-based dancer returns to her small-town home to fulfil her late dance teacher’s desire of saving their decrepit dance theatre, Ajanta. The rest of the movie follows Dia locking horns with the local MP and rallying the town into discovering their inner artists and dancers and saving Ajanta before it’s demolished to make way for a shopping mall. The film features extravagant sets, opulent costumes and addresses the step-child treatment society gives to artforms like dance.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

ABCD: Anybody Can Dance (2013)

Called India’s answer to dance-based Hollywood grossers like Step Up, ABCD stars and is choreographed by India’s very own Michael Jackson – Prabhu Deva. This film sees the veteran actor play Vishnu, a disgraced choreographer manipulated out of his dance academy. Just as he decides to throw in the towel on dancing, he comes across a motley group of street dancers and decides to whip them in to shape as the country’s best dance squad. Unlike the usual Bollywood song-and-dance routines, this film delves into modern styles such as hip-hop, contemporary and even ballroom dancing and made the bold choice of casting professional dancers Lauren Gottlieb, Salman Yussuf Khan, Dharmesh Yelande and others in lead roles over established actors.

Available on Netflix.

Dil Toh Pagal Hai (1997)

Featuring the King Khan, this holds the honour of being Bollywood’s first dance-centric film. When their dance troupe’s lead dancer Nisha (Karishma Kapoor) injures herself, her director and best friend Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) is left hunting for a muse and stumbles across Pooja (Madhuri Dixit). The love triangle between the three, and rivalry between the female leads unfolds through fierce dance battles, dramatic choreography and a fairytale ending.

Available on Amazon Prime Video.

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