12 Dance Movies and Shows to Stream Over Winter Break

Winter break has finally arrived! When you're not busy hanging out with your family or finishing up Nutcracker performances, we know you'll make time for some good old-fashioned binge-watching. And Netflix and Hulu have you covered, with a wide array of dance films and shows to add to your queue. Here are our top picks.


High Strung

A hip-hop violinist and classical ballet dancer join forces to compete in a life-changing contest.

Lift Me Up

A young woman uses the power of dance to overcome the pain of her mother's passing and the overbearing ways of her step-father.

Ballet 422

A behind-the-scenes look at the New York City Ballet and the creation of Paz de la Jolla, choreographed by Justin Peck.

Desert Dancer

An Iranian dancer refuses to give up his passion after a ban is placed on dance.

A Ballerina's Tale

This documentary follows Misty Copeland as she ascends to ballet icon status.

Dancin': It's On!

A privileged girl from Beverly Hills (played by Witney Carson) falls unexpectedly in love with a dishwasher (Chehon Wespi-Tschopp). Their differences melt away when they're dancing.

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

An up-close-and-personal look at New York City Ballet legend Wendy Whelan as she confronts a difficult injury and redefines her career.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

If you're in a holiday mood, the Rockettes have you covered.


"Dance Academy"

In this big-hearted Australian series, Tara Webster has no idea what's in store when she follows her dancing dreams by attending Sydney's National Academy of Dance.


A chronicle of "ballet bad boy" Sergei Polunin's rise to stardom—and how it almost destroyed him.


Hooray, the sadly short-lived TV series is back!

"Dance Moms"

Whatever your feelings about the infamous Abby Lee Miller, "Dance Moms" is crazily addictive.

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A Letter from the Editor in Chief

Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.


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