JOHNNY AND BABY BUST THE BEST MOVIE DANCE MOVES
To celebrate the launch of dance re-make Footloose on Friday, the couple came out on top in a poll by LOVEFiLM – Europe’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the internet and sending DVDs by post – having the time of their lives with 20 per cent of the votes.
John Travolta and Uma Thurman’s twisting turn in Pulp Fiction wiggled into second place in the poll with 15 per cent of the vote. We knew that Travolta could dance, but this scene at Jack Rabbit Slims was a welcome reminder of his skills on the floor and Uma made the perfect partner.
Splashing into third place is Gene Kelly in the iconic scene from Singin’ In The Rain (14 per cent), which includes some steps that will be replicated for years to come. In fourth place is the infamous stage scene from 2004’s Napoleon Dynamite (10 per cent) in which Jon Heder’s estranged and nerdy high school youth blew us away with some unconventional shapes from side shuffle to classic jazz hands.
Snake-hipped John Travolta strikes again in fifth place (eight per cent), this time hand-jiving up the list with his slick solo routine from Saturday Night Fever. Following closely in sixth place (seven per cent) is Kevin Bacon with those highly-charged moves from the original Footloose. These steps won the hearts of most teenage girls in the 80s, and Bacon’s fight for the right to move his feet is very firmly in the top ten.
Taking joint seventh place (both with five per cent) are Mike Myers, with his cat-like cavorting in that unforgettable scene in The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Jennifer Beals, who changed our perception of a bucket of water forever with her heated dance display in Flashdance.
In eighth place (four per cent) are Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in Step Up, an urban dance classic with a thrilling final scene. The fancy footwork was only helped by the tension between the two leads, and we watched every step wondering whether they would get together.
Taking ninth place are the lads from The Full Monty, with a routine that you simply could not forget even if you tried (three per cent). Finally, creeping into tenth place are Michael Cera and Jonah Hill with their Superbad routine (two per cent): a few very retro and awkward steps delivered with the style and humour that only the Superbad boys could manage.
The Top Ten Movie Dance Moves:
1. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing (20 per cent)
2. John Travolta and Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction (15 per cent)
3. Gene Kelly – Singin’ In The Rain (14 per cent)
4. Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite (10 per cent)
5. John Travolta – Saturday Night Fever (eight per cent)
6. Kevin Bacon – Footloose (seven per cent)
=7. Mike Myers – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (five per cent)
=7. Jennifer Beals – Flashdance (five per cent)
8. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan – Step Up (four per cent)
9. Steel Workers – The Full Monty (three per cent)
10. Michael Cerah and Jonah Hill – Superbad (two per cent)
Other – seven per cent
Helen Cowley, Editor of LOVEFiLM, commented:
“Whilst it is clear that dance films are quickly becoming a guilty pleasure that we are happy to admit to, it is interesting that the classic Dirty Dancing moves have been revealed as the ultimate favourites. Neither the sheer coolness of Pulp Fiction or the comedic genius of Austin Powers could compete with this film’s romance – illustrated perfectly in that famous lift.
“LOVEFiLM’s streaming service makes it easy to compare a huge variety of dance moves from thousands of films at the click of a mouse – and perhaps even learn a few. With even more titles available on DVD, the dance action can be brought straight to your front door so that you don’t miss a trick.”