Welcome to the Dance Movies page

Mad Hot Ballroom

A charming and delightful "feel-good" movie that you'll want to take the whole family to see... EVERYONE should see this movie, whether you're married or single or have kids or not. You'll cry and laugh hysterically all at the same time. Now being shown in select local theatres and most recently at the "E Street Cinema", 11th & E, NW, Washington DC. Watch the trailer by visiting www.MadHotBallroom.com

Ballroom. Latin and Swing classes will begin for 5th graders and up on
Saturdays at 10:30am, starting June 4th, 2005 at the Chevy Chase Ballroom.
Contact Terry Chasteen at TerryChasteen@hotmail.com or 202-462-0870 for details.

Click here to print a one-page flyer of these classes

All of the following dance-related movies are available on video tape and/or DVD and should be easy to find for rental or purchase. Ratings are from 1 to 5 stars, with 1 star being the lowest rating and 5 the highest. If you know of a great dancing movie that should be on this page, send an e-mail to: TerryChasteen@hotmail.com.


Starring Richard Gere (John Clark), Jennifer Lopez (Paulina), Susan Sarandon (Beverly Clark) and more. A workaholic lawyers life and marriage takes an unexpected twirl when he follows a beautiful woman to a Chicago dance studio and becomes a clandestine ballroom dance competitor. (Click here for the movie synopsis)

Head Of State (2003)

Starring Chris Rock, Bernie Mack and TERRY CHASTEEN! (OK, so it wasn't really a dance movie...nor did I actually star in it...but the best part of the whole picture, according to EVERYONE, including CHRIS ROCK (as he stated on OPRAH) was THE DANCING!...and which actually DOES include "yours truly" as well as other Chevy Chase Ballroom dancers in numerous segments of the film, in the movie trailer, in almost all of the promotional TV ads and in the MOVIE CREDITS! (not so bad for a 56-year-old Ballroom, Latin and Hip Hop-dancing Geek). Plus it included as many of my Ballroom & Latin-dancing friends as I could get in at the last minute on short notice [And we're getting royalties!!...so watch it on HBO and buy all of your friends and loved ones DVD's for their birthdays and during the holidays and we'll get even MORE!]). Click on the above graphics to visit the "Head Of State Photo Gallery".

Save the Last Dance (2001)
Starring Julia Stiles. A Ballet dancer who rediscovers her love of dance(Ballet and Hip Hop).

Center Stage (2000)
Starring Amanda Schull. A story of a young Ballet dancer.

Burn the Floor (1999)
A dance spectacular. A combination of ballroom and modern style dance. A must see!

Dance With Me (1998)

Vanessa Williams, Chayanne, and Kris Kristofferson star. A Cuban boy who loses his mother comes to America to meet his dancer father, who has no idea he exists. Incredible dancing by the top International Latin professionals. Reader ratings on Movies.com are 100% 5 stars.

Shall We Dance? (1997) Also known as Shall We Dansu? (1996) in Japanese.

Starring Koji Yakusho (hohei Sugiyama), Tamiyo Kusakari (Mai Kishikawa), Naoto Takenaka (Tomio Aoki), Eriko Watanabe (Toyoko Takahashi), Akira Emoto (Toru Miwa) and more. Overworked accountant Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) sees a beautiful woman in the window of the Kishikawa School of Dancing. Despite being married, Sugiyama is compelled by the image of the woman to investigate. Soon he's taking dance lessons at night, and when he comes home late smelling of perfume, his wife gets suspicious. Sugiyama becomes quite good at ballroom dance and enters a dance competition with the woman he saw in the window, Mai (Tamiyo Kusakari).
This is the original version of the Richard Gere/Jennifer Lopez movie in Japanese with English sub text. You start out thinking that the subtext will be annoying, but the movie is so entertaining, that you don't even realize it's there. Definitely a fun-filled "must see".

Dirty Dancing (1987)

A classic with Patrick Swayze. Great dancing.

Out To Sea (1997)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star as con artists bent on dancing their way into the hearts of rich widows aboard a cruise ship.

Scent of a Woman (1992)
A story of a blind man showing a young college boy the ropes. Al Pacino has a great Tango scene.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)

There's something in the air. It might be love -- but it isn't.A life lived in fear... ...is a life half lived. A hilarious movie about a man getting into Competitive Ballroom Dancing. A "must see" and a classic!
Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps". His funky and improvised moves cause his dance partner, Liz (Gia Carides), to leave him. His unorthodox manner upsets his mother, herself a former ballroom dance champion and the Dance Federation chairwoman. Scott doesn't care and auditions potential new partners, hoping to find someone who'll get what he's doing. A mousy ugly duckling named Fran (Tara Morice) believes in Scott and finally gets up the courage to try out, but he's offended at her nerve … that is, until he sees her potential and passion.Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!".
Paul Mercurio .... Scott Hastings, Ballroom Champion
Tara Morice .... Fran, Scott's partner
Bill Hunter .... Barry Fife, Federation President
Pat Thomson .... Shirley Hastings, Scott's mother/cosmetics consultant
Gia Carides .... Liz Holt, Scott's partner
Peter Whitford .... Les Kendall, Scott's coach/Dance Studio owner
Barry Otto .... Doug Hastings, Scott's father
John Hannan .... Ken Railings
Sonia Kruger .... Tina Sparkle
Kris McQuade .... Charm Leachman

Swing Kids (1993)
A group of boys living in World War II Germany rebel by listening and dancing to Nazi-banned American Swing music. Their days of fun are numbered, as the chaotic world in which they live tears them apart. The movie, itself somewhat depressing...the dancing; out of this world.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Starring John Travolta (Tony Manero), Karen Lynn Gorney (Stephanie), Barry Miller (Bobby C.), Joseph Call (Joey), Paul Pape (Double J) and more. The movie that almost single-handedly popularized disco music stars John Travolta as Tony Manero, a 19-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., kid who lives with his family and works in a paint store. But at night, Tony transforms himself into a dancing machine, and the combination of his polyester suits and wicked disco moves makes him a nightclub legend. The soundtrack features songs from The Bee Gees and other '70s icons.

White Christmas (1954)

A great movie for any time of the year, and another "must see" classic starring Bing Crosby (Bob Wallace), Danny Kaye (Phil Davis), Rosemary Clooney (Betty Haynes) and Vera-Ellen (Judy Haynes). Wonderful dancing and singing by all four.