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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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The Deetz family dinner party turns downright loony when Lydia and the Maitlands have their frenemy, Orange Beetle, pump up the "Day-O." It's only one of FOUR Harry Belafonte songs you can hear in the film.

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Released: 1988

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In her first ever film role, Cameron Diaz stole hearts by doing this elaborate dance with Jim Carrey to "Hey Pachucho" by Royal Crown Revue.

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Released: 1994

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Jenna and Matt learned the "Thriller" routine as kids, but will he join in with the rest of the people at this business event when each and every one of them remembers and performs all of the steps in unison?

Actors: Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo, Renee Olstead, Judy Greer, + more

Released: 2004

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During the longest Saturday of their lives, five high school kids fought, learned, grew, became lifelong BFFs (probably), and invented really fun dance routines to "We Are Not Alone" by Karla Devito.

Actors: Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, + more

Released: 1985

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