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So I know I can’t dance

If reincarnation is true, I want more than anything the ability to dance when I come back as another being. I don’t care if I’m a frog or a piranha or a rock inside a cave. LET ME BE ABLE TO SAMBA! I could watch people dancing for hours. Forever, maybe. And when it’s done right I get goosebumps and start to cry and feel like calling my mom to gush about the beauty of the earth because I know she won’t go twitter about what a nitwit I am.

(plenty of Internet strangers already have that job covered)

I saw this on Kottke today and have watched it several times. And then I got goosebumps so badly that I had to go put on a coat. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but I am so envious of people with this talent.

Just, DAMN!

(also, seeing Patrick Swayze doesn’t help the tears)

  • MPyrzynski

    @luckymom22: I think I may love you for posting that link. 🙂 I have LOVED “Singing in the Rain” since I was a small child. When I was 18, a friend of mine bought it for me on VHS (back when they were VERY expensive) because he knew I loved it. So glad they included Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire!

    I took tap and jazz for many years and miss it. Now I just watch the old musicals to enjoy. At one point, I knew the entire “Singing in the Rain” dance by heart and did it in my street while it was raining to cheer my sister up. Turns out I cheered up a bunch of neighbors too based on the applause I received. SO embarrassing! But I do love watching anyone who can dance well. It’s always beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    Now, I must go watch it again…

  • AshesVonDust

    My guiltiest pleasure is watching cheesey dancing movies.

    What is the movie with the little dancing boy? (Lots of cobblestone in the background)

    Years ago, when it came out, I wanted to see it, but I forget what it’s called! Anyone help?

  • AshesVonDust

    jennyallen – also Just Dance. I am a lazy fatty and I can’t dance to save my life… But I can play that game for an hour and a half and not realize it until I am drenched in sweat. AWESOME.

  • whomajigi

    I am SO white. I have no rhythm. I am totally in agreement with you Heather! I love watching people who can dance, especially in large perfectly synchronized groups! Sometimes I lose a lot of time watching stuff like Riverdance where everyone is perfectly in sync, it’s amazing.

  • jan001

    WOW!! I can only imagine the dedication it took to find all these clips and the editing it took to sync them up with the music. A LOT of work, but it turned out so much fun!

    The one out of that montage I now need see again is White Nights. Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines dancing at the same time? Doesn’t get any better than that.

    And Jay and Silent Bob too! I’m not positive which movie the two clips were from – thinking maybe “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back”..?

    The others I caught not already mentioned (I don’t think) are:
    Moulin Rouge
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Turning Point (??)
    Mama Mia
    one of the Austin Powers movies

    My husband wasn’t perfect but the man could flat-out dance. I was an average dancer but he made me look great, swinging me around on the dance floor. He led so beautifully and made it fun, whether it was swing, waltz, jitterbug, whatever. Couldn’t do that anymore, though, anyway – my knees are shot – but I have great memories.

    GREAT video! Thanks for posting it, Heather. Off to watch it again!

  • Flutterbyv

    You know what? I can’t dance either. I seriously think it has something to do with my repressed Mormon roots… In order to dance well, you have to be comfortable with your body, and HOO BOY, am I not..

    However, I started a belly dancing class, and it’s truly helping. If you have the time (haha), starting taking some sort of dancing class could be really helpful.

    I’m addicted to belly dancing now.

  • SuzieQ1

    AshesVonDust, the boy is Billy Elliot and the last 3 minutes of that movie will bring you to tears and cheers all at once. I watch those last seconds over and over again.

  • Sneeka

    Flippin AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Seeing MJ made me tear up and by the end of video I was literally dancing in my seat, the fear of the laptop tumbling to the floor the only obstacle to my getting up.

    Great Vid! Thanks for sharing that!

  • mrswilson


    This post deserves a big ME TOO. I’m INCREDIBLY uncoordinated and that time I was a highschool cheerleader (before I got pregnant), I was sure a sight. I think I won the most AWKWARD and ROBOTIC-like award.

    That video is incredible.

  • table4five

    I also love to watch movies with dancing in them even though I can’t dance at all. It made me happy to see clips from Clerks 2 in that montage. But no Center Stage? That was surprising.

  • Chloe

    Billy Elliot is currently a show on Broadway.

    The dancer who plays the grown Billy in the movie is Adam Cooper and there is a full length, homoerotic version of Swan Lake featuring him as the Swan – not the customary version but so good nonetheless.

    The movie had a great scene with Julie Walters dancing with Billy to “I love to boogie”. She was also fabulous in “Mamma Mia!”

  • marymuses

    I will watch absolutely anything with choreographed dance numbers, even if it’s horrible. I am always in awe, and I could care less about storyline as long as I can see dancing. More dancing!

  • karen ethier

    If you haven’t already, you need, need, NEED to watch “Dance With Me” starring Vanessa Williams and Chayanne. Talk about goose bumps! Chayanne is probably the most gorgeous man on the face of the planet so you don’t get goose bumps just from the dancing. Here’s a clip so you can get a taste. I chose one that doesn’t give anything away from the movie when you do go to watch it. It’s tied for my favorite movie ever, along with “Dead Poets Society.”

  • robynmerk

    I too hope I come back in my next life with long elegant legs, grace, and the ability to dance like “Ginger Rogers” ~ along with a skinny body, big firm breasts, and a beautiful singing voice would be nice. I’m content with the rest. I would also like Money and World Peace!

  • Idiot Parade

    I get goosebumps and start to cry, too! I was a ballet dancer for a while, but never good enough to go professional. All those movies just make me think of how awesome it would be to dance for a living. Love it!

  • Mama Boo


  • nathalieclaire

    Have you seen this? it might not give you goose bumps but it will make you laugh. He is a well loved comedian here in the UK and it was for charity.

  • sabina


    Mikhail Barishnikov was the cutest boy in history. My god. I’ve had the privilege of being in the same room with him twice – both times froze and couldn’t say a word.

    RIP MJ and Swayze. That brought on the tears…

  • Krys72599

    I KNOW! Patrick! Mikhail! Gregory! Kevin!
    I’d be happy if I could dance as well as the penguins!!!
    I got goosebumps, too!!!

  • lil_arie

    This clip is amazing and so very well done. The musicality throughout is fantastic. For those who were (like me) trying to tick off movies as they were featured, Step Up 1 & 2 have been left off lists and it’s Mary Poppins (not The Sound of Music).
    I was sad Breakdance 2 – Electric boogaloo missed the cut. Will need to dust off my dance movies and watch them all again. Terrible the scripts, the cheesy acting – it’s all good as long as they can dance!
    Can anyone tell me the movie where they are on the stairs with fans? And the tribal costumes? I might have missed a dance movie – is it possible?
    That clip absolutely made my day. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • smithie1996

    OMG! Here is the Center Stage final dance! My apologies if someone already posted this.

  • Marilyn

    Thank you posting. LOVED this!

  • Karen Chatters

    Oh, my youth! Well, some of it anyway. I can’t dance to save my life but growing up a lot of those movies made me want to dance all the time. And I did but terribly.

    I’m afraid of what the remake of Footloose will be like. Remakes are never as good as the originals, I wonder why they bother.

  • sydygirl

    I totally agree with you Heather!!! So many people in that video are no longer with us…Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Gregory Heizn, Gene Kelly, etc). I watched this video 5 times while crying each time while I both celebrated and mourn the lives on their talents.

    Thanks for sharing- it made my day!
    Your New Stranger Friend,
    Jenn from Canada

  • renaemcalister

    One of my friends posted this video a few months ago. It sparked major controversy to see young girls in such skimpy clothing dancing so suggestively, but I must admit that these girls have talent. Thank God I have boys!

  • jgirl

    totally put a smile on my face!!!

  • ERStolpe

    I loved White Nights just for the coooooooolness of those two guys.

  • jan001

    @lil_arie – First thing I thought of when I saw the clip with the fans and the stairs was (don’t laugh) the video to “Rock Me, Amadeus”. I just looked it up and played it, though, and it never got anywhere near those “production values”.

    Is it maybe from “Moulin Rouge”? I only saw that once and don’t remember it all by any means. In the montage (which I’m watching again of course and loving every bit of it), 2:59-3:02 has the same sort of look – same movie?

    Also, at 1:50-1:52, is that from “West Side Story”, as in the Sharks or the Jets?? Or maybe it’s something newer like “Grease”. I just caught it tonight for the first time.

  • VickiG.

    Thanks !!! Love it !!!

    Have you seen this one ? A different sort of dance video… but one that will give you goose bumps and make you happy.

  • mycouchhascrumbs

    Oh my, this gave me tears too!! I am so happy to hear I’m not the only one who cries like a baby every time a movie has this super intense happy moment dance scene. Dirty Dancing, I am 23 and have owned that movie since I was maybe 6, and I swear every time I watch it, I cry and cry at the end. I am emberassed to admit, that many of the clips I have missed out on their movies, and it makes me want to rent every single one and have a movie day. I think I am the most insanely jealous person when it comes to dancing. I have NO rythym. It makes me so angry because no matter how hard I try, I can not dance for the life of me…and I want to so badly! It just is so fun, and I cant do it. frustrating. Foot Loose, thats one I dont own and I need to. My husband is not going to be impressed when he sees our netflix list has been severely altered… 🙂

  • cadavis

    I totally know what you mean. I was a dancer since I was a little girl and I still stop on espn when they have cheerleading/dance competetions just to see the combinations and the energy. When you understand the complexity of the art of dancing you can appreciate it done well. Also… some people just look pretty dang good dancing, they do it well. Thank you Patrick Swayze. I think you’re hitting on something pretty cool here. I mean, notice the facination surround “Dancing with the Stars.” There is just something about the energy and the spotlight that get peoples adrenaline rushing, whether you’re watching or participating.

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