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30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing 

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Updated February 21, 2020 1.1k votes 235 voters 14.4k views 33 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Heavy D

Released: 2006

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Step Up is a 2006 American romantic dance film directed by Anne Fletcher starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum. Set in Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the tale of the disadvantaged ...more

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Step Up 2: The Streets ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Channing Tatum, Cassie Ventura, Briana Evigan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Step Up 2: The Streets is a 2008 American dance film. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Step Up from Touchstone Pictures. The film was directed by Jon M. Chu and choreographed by Jamal Sims, ...more

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Another Cinderella Story... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Selena Gomez, Jane Lynch, Jessica Parker Kennedy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Damon Santostefano

Another Cinderella Story is a 2008 teen romantic comedy musical dance film directed by Damon Santostefano and starring Selena Gomez, Drew Seeley and Jane Lynch. The film was released directly to ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1987

Directed by: Emile Ardolino

Dirty Dancing is a 1987 American romantic drama film. Written by Eleanor Bergstein and directed by Emile Ardolino, the film stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the lead roles, as well as ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Released: 1978

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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Step Up Revolution is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Megan Boone, Ryan Guzman, Kathryn McCormick

Released: 2012

Directed by: Scott Speer

Step Up Revolution is a 2012 American 3D dance film and the fourth installment in the Step Up film series was released on July 27, 2012. The film was directed by Scott Speer and stars Ryan ...more

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Honey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Jessica Alba, Missy Elliott, Joy Bryant

Released: 2003

Directed by: Bille Woodruff

Honey is a 2003 dance film released by Universal Pictures. Featuring music produced by Rodney Jerkins, the film stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Joy Bryant, David Moscow and ...more

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Save the Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Kerry Washington, Julia Stiles, Bianca Lawson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American film produced by MTV Films, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Footloose is a 1984 American musical-drama directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack, an upbeat Chicago teen who moves to a small town in which, as a result of the efforts of ...more

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, and Dennis Quaid. The ...more

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Center Stage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Zoe Saldana, Amanda Schull, Donna Murphy

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nicholas Hytner

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Honey 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Audrina Patridge, Mario Lopez, Kat Graham

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bille Woodruff

Honey 2 is a comedy, drama and music film written by Blayne Weaver, Alyson Fouse and directed by Bille Woodruff. Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) Rated it PG-13 for some sexual content and language. ...more
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Step Up 3D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Sharni Vinson, Kathy Najimy, Alyson Stoner

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon M. Chu

Step Up 3D is a 2010 American 3D dance film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer and directed by Step Up 2: The Streets '​s Jon M. Chu. The sequel sees the return of Adam Sevani and Alyson ...more

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Stomp the Yard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Chris Brown, Meagan Good, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2007

Directed by: Sylvain White

Stomp the Yard is a 2007 drama and dance film produced by Rainforest Films and released through Sony Pictures' Screen Gems division on January 12, 2007. Directed by Sylvain White, Stomp the Yard ...more

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Center Stage: Turn It Up... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Harry Shum, Jr., Crystal Lowe

Released: 2008

Center Stage 2: Turn it Up or Center Stage 2 is the official sequel to the 2000 dance drama film Center Stage. The film was directed by Steven Jacobson and written by Karen Bloch Morse, based on ...more
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Dirty Dancing: Havana Ni... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
January Jones, Patrick Swayze, Sela Ward

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guy Ferland

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Goldie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Slick Woods, George Sample III, Danny Hoch

Released: 2020

Directed by: Sam de Jong

Goldie is a 2020 American drama film directed by Sam de Jong. Goldie (Slick Woods) is a teenager in a family shelter that fights the foster system to keep her sisters together while she pursues ...more
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Saturday Night Fever is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
John Travolta, Fran Drescher, Denny Dillon

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Badham

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American drama film directed by John Badham. It stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a working-class young man who spends his weekends dancing and drinking at a ...more

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Save the Last Dance 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Jacqueline Bissett, Shaffer Smith, Ray J

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Petrarca

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Battle of the Year is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Josh Holloway, Laz Alonso, Josh Peck
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Stomp the Yard: Homecomi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Keith David, Tika Sumpter, Jasmine Guy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Rob Hardy

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Girls Just Want to Have ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Cyndi Lauper

Released: 1985

Directed by: Alan Metter

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High Strung Free Dance ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Thomas Doherty, Jane Seymour, Ace Bhatti

Released: 2019

Directed by: Michael Damian

High Strung Free Dance is a 2019 American dance film directed by Michael Damian. A young choreographer makes an unconventional choice by casting a contemporary dancer and an innovative pianist ...more
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Fame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Paulina Gretzky

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kevin Tancharoen

Fame is a 2009 American musical drama film and a loose remake of the 1980 film of the same title. It was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Allison Burnett. It was released on September ...more
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Fame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Teen Drama Movies About Dancing
Debbie Allen, Irene Cara, Meg Tilly

Released: 1980

Directed by: Alan Parker

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