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30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing

Updated February 21, 2020 1.4k votes 253 voters 16.1k views33 items

Young love and a dance floor are all you need to get swept away in the best teen dance movies. The top teen movies about dancing feature young people using dance to express a variety of emotions, from the passion of young love to the drama of interpersonal strife. This is a list of teen dance films featuring favorites like Saturday Night Fever to Center Stage to Save the Last Dance.

What movies will you find on this list of the best dance movies for teens? You might vote the beloved hit Dirty Dancing to the top. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” and nobody dances better than Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in this 1987 classic. Footloose – starring Kevin Bacon as the rebellious new kid Ren McCormack – is another good teen dance movie. Sarah Jessica Parker shines in the 1985 movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Other good films featured on this top teen movies about dancing list include Battle of the Year, First Position, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

Which of these teen dance dramas deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them toward number one, and please add any titles that are missing.

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    Step Up
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    Step Up

    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan

    Released2006

    Directed byAnne Fletcher

    Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing... more on Wikipedia
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    Dirty Dancing
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    Dirty Dancing

    Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

    Released1987

    Directed byEmile Ardolino

    Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and... more on Wikipedia

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    Another Cinderella Story
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    Another Cinderella Story

    Selena Gomez, Jane Lynch

    Released2008

    Directed byDamon Santostefano

    Another Cinderella Story is a 2008 teen romantic comedy musical dance film directed by Damon... more on Wikipedia
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    Step Up 2: The Streets
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    Step Up 2: The Streets

    Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura

    Released2008

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step... more on Wikipedia

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    Step Up Revolution
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    Step Up Revolution

    Megan Boone, Ryan Guzman

    Released2012

    Directed byScott Speer

    Step Up Revolution is a 2012 American 3D dance film and the fourth installment in the Step Up... more on Wikipedia
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    Grease
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    Grease

    John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

    Released1978

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and... more on Wikipedia

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    Footloose
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    Footloose

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon

    Released1984

    Directed byHerbert Ross

    Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren... more on Wikipedia

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    Save the Last Dance
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    Save the Last Dance

    Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles

    Released2001

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter... more on Wikipedia
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    Honey
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    Honey

    Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott

    Released2003

    Directed byBille Woodruff

    Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney... more on Wikipedia
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    Footloose
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    Footloose

    Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid

    Released2011

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984... more on Wikipedia

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    Honey 2
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    Honey 2

    Audrina Patridge, Mario Lopez

    Released2011

    Directed byBille Woodruff

    Honey 2 is a comedy, drama and music film written by Blayne Weaver, Alyson Fouse and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Center Stage
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    Center Stage

    Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull

    Released2000

    Directed byNicholas Hytner

    Center Stage is a 2000 American teen drama film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, about a group of... more on Wikipedia

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    Step Up 3D
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    Step Up 3D

    Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy

    Released2010

    Directed byJon M. Chu

    Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Stomp the Yard
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    Stomp the Yard

    Chris Brown, Meagan Good

    Released2007

    Directed bySylvain White

    Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released... more on Wikipedia

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    Center Stage: Turn It Up
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    Released2008

    Center Stage 2: Turn it Up or Center Stage 2 is the official sequel to the 2000 dance drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
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    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

    January Jones, Patrick Swayze

    Released2004

    Directed byGuy Ferland

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    Goldie
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    Goldie

    Slick Woods, George Sample III

    Released2020

    Directed bySam de Jong

    Goldie is a 2020 American drama film directed by Sam de Jong. Goldie (Slick Woods) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Save the Last Dance 2
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    Save the Last Dance 2

    Jacqueline Bissett, Shaffer Smith

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Petrarca

    Save the Last Dance 2 is a direct-to-video sequel to 2001's theatrical feature Save the Last... more on Wikipedia

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    Saturday Night Fever
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    Saturday Night Fever

    John Travolta, Fran Drescher

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Badham

    Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John... more on Wikipedia

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    High Strung Free Dance
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    High Strung Free Dance

    Thomas Doherty, Jane Seymour

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Damian

    High Strung Free Dance is a 2019 American dance film directed by Michael Damian. A young... more on Wikipedia
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    Staying Alive
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    Staying Alive

    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1983

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Battle of the Year
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    Battle of the Year

    Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso
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    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming
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    Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

    Keith David, Tika Sumpter

    Released2010

    Directed byRob Hardy

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    Girls Just Want to Have Fun
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    Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt

    Released1985

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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    First Position
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    First Position

    Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht

    Released2011

    Directed byBess Kargman

    First Position is a 2011 documentary film directed by Bess Kargman.