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Dirty Dancing showstopping finale voted most iconic movie dance scene of all time

Dirty Dancing’s showstopping finale has been voted the most iconic movie dance scene of all time, according to a survey. The blockbuster, which came out in 1987 and cemented the late Patrick Swayze as one of the biggest stars of the decade, beat Grease and Singin’ in the Rain to top spot. Saturday Night Fever came in fourth place, and Kevin Bacon vehicle Footloose placed fifth. Also appearing in the top 10 were Flashdance, West Side Story and Step Up, according to the poll of 1,000 adults. And movies with famous dance scenes like Pulp Fiction and The Breakfast Club were also listed. The research was conducted by Dance Direct, whose spokesman said: “Movies like The Greatest Showman have put dancing in films right back on the map. “La La Land was another recent smash that featured lots of dancing, which is great for getting people young and old inspired about dancing. “But interestingly enough the most recent film to really make a lasting impact on audiences was Step Up, which was released in 2006.” The study also uncovered the dance styles Brits most wish they could master, with 22 per cent of 18-24-year-olds interested in being ballroom experts. More than half of those over 55 would also love to become proficient in ballroom, emulating the success of those seen on screen in Strictly Come Dancing. However, the dance style most under-25s would love to learn is hip-hop, a love shared by just seven per cent of the older generation. Thirty-five to 44-year-olds are most likely to learn to salsa, while 45-54 year olds are the biggest tango fans in the country. THE BEST MOVIES WITH DANCE SCENES EVER – ACCORDING TO BRITS Dirty dancing, 1987 Grease, 1978 Singin' In the Rain, 1952 Saturday Night Fever, 1978 Footloose, 1984 Flash dance, 1983 Pulp Fiction, 1994 West Side Story, 2005 Step Up, 2006 The Breakfast Club, 1985

Dirty Dancing’s showstopping finale has been voted the most iconic movie dance scene of all time, according to a survey.

The blockbuster, which came out in 1987 and cemented the late Patrick Swayze as one of the biggest stars of the decade, beat Grease and Singin’ in the Rain to top spot.

Saturday Night Fever came in fourth place, and Kevin Bacon vehicle Footloose placed fifth.

Also appearing in the top 10 were Flashdance, West Side Story and Step Up, according to the poll of 1,000 adults.

And movies with famous dance scenes like Pulp Fiction and The Breakfast Club were also listed.

The research was conducted by Dance Direct, whose spokesman said: “Movies like The Greatest Showman have put dancing in films right back on the map.

“La La Land was another recent smash that featured lots of dancing, which is great for getting people young and old inspired about dancing.

“But interestingly enough the most recent film to really make a lasting impact on audiences was Step Up, which was released in 2006.”

The study also uncovered the dance styles Brits most wish they could master, with 22 per cent of 18-24-year-olds interested in being ballroom experts.

More than half of those over 55 would also love to become proficient in ballroom, emulating the success of those seen on screen in Strictly Come Dancing.

However, the dance style most under-25s would love to learn is hip-hop, a love shared by just seven per cent of the older generation.

Thirty-five to 44-year-olds are most likely to learn to salsa, while 45-54 year olds are the biggest tango fans in the country.

THE BEST MOVIES WITH DANCE SCENES EVER – ACCORDING TO BRITS

Dirty dancing, 1987

Grease, 1978

Singin’ In the Rain, 1952

Saturday Night Fever, 1978

Footloose, 1984

Flash dance, 1983

Pulp Fiction, 1994

West Side Story, 2005

Step Up, 2006

The Breakfast Club, 1985


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