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The Best Spontaneous Choreographed Dances in Film  

Carly Kiel
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List Rules Only spontaneous or unexpected synchronized dance scenes in movies that are not musicals at all.

Dance movies are fun, but do you know what is even more fun? Spontaneous dancing in movies that really have nothing to do with dancing at all. The best is when they are synchronized dance routines. When one appears in a film, the audience at first is like, "Wow, what an unexpected scene!" Then, maybe a reaction is, "Gosh, this choreography is complicated! Maybe some friends and I should learn it and perform at parties." Finally, maybe about a minute or two into the spontaneous dance routine that is perfectly choreographed, you are like, "Wait, when in heck did everyone learn this? How long did it take? When and where did they hold practices? Whose idea was it? Who planned it? Who invented the routine? Why is the least popular girl in school right in the very front row??"

Well, anyway. Here are the greatest synchronized dance routines in non-musical films. What that means is: There is only really one song in the whole film that has dancing to it, and the dance is choreographed and performed by more than one person who also knows the routine. How they both / all know the steps is anyone's guess. It includes dances done on dance floors, like at the prom in She's All That or at the other thing in 13 Going on 30 (which was the "Thriller" dance, btw). It also includes dances that were choreographed by supernatural forces, like in Beetlejuice, as well as the one from the end of Slumdog Millionaire. Great! Fun! Watch them all, and vote up your favorites.

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In a pretty fun flick that is all about anachronisms, sirs and ladies at the court do a fancy dance routine to the dulcet tones of David Bowie's "Golden Years."

Actors: Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Bérénice Bejo, + more

Released: 2001

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Just when you thought their 10 year high school reunion couldn't get any better, Romy, Michele, and their rich pal Sandy perform this exquisite choreographed routine to "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper, wowing just everyone in the whole world.

Actors: Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino, Alan Cumming, Justin Theroux, + more

Released: 1997

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In the most '90s movie scene of all time, Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, and high school kids in very baggy tuxedos get serious about synchronized dance steps to "Feed the Monkey" by Infectious Groove.

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rose McGowan, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore, Robin Tunney, + more

Released: 1992

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In the middle of prom, all of the kids in the whole school dance in sync to "The Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim. Also, the DJ at the prom is Usher. 

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anna Paquin, Lil' Kim, Usher, Gabrielle Union, + more

Released: 1999

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