Netflix's dance movie game is seriously on point(e) right now! We've compiled a list of the best films to help you narrow down your options for your next dance movie night. Check it out!
A Ballerina's Tale
YASSS Misty Copeland!! The queen is on Netflix, and she's serving up all of the inspiration you need to achieve your dreams. This documentary follows her rise as the first African American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. It's brilliant. She's brilliant. That's really all there is to it.
Fantastic dancing? Wonderful love story? Set in NYC? What more could we ask for? High Strung has a classic dance movie storyline: boy and girl meet, boy and girl fall in love...boy and girl combine hip-hop dancers and classically-trained performers to make dance magic. Follow the love story of Ruby and Johnnie as they prepare for the competition of a lifetime. (And get excited for the sequel!)
Trust us, you're gonna go gaga for this one! The documentary shares footage of rehearsals and performances that celebrate the career of choreographer Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company who's best known for developing the movement language known as Gaga. The dancing is phenomenal, and your eyes will be opened to Naharin's genius.
This film dramatizes the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, an Iranian dancer who strives to live his dream of becoming a professional dancer despite a nation-wide dancing ban. Watch this the next time you have a rough rehearsal day—it's a great reminder to never take your opportunities for granted.
Just a friendly reminder that this gem is still on Netflix. Whether you're basking in the memories of YAGP'spast, or getting pumped for next year's season, it's always the right time to watch this documentary. Follow the stories of six young ballet dancers as they prepare for one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.
Any production highlighting the New York City Ballet is bound to be spectacular! This documentary goes backstage with Justin Peck as he creates the 422nd original ballet for the company. It's a must watch for all you bunheads!
Lift Me Up
This film tells the story of a young girl who uses dance to endure and overcome the challenges of loss. It's a powerful story—and oh my goodness, star Sarah Frangenberg is one dreamy dancer. Those feet are everything.
Thanks for making our dance movie dreams come true, Netflix! (And fingers and toes crossed that they add Step Up and Center Stage next...)
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Samantha Figgins (Andrew Eccles)
Samantha Figgins is currently in her fifth season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (and was a Dance Spirit cover girl back in 2013!). But what many people don't know is that the gorgeous dancer suffers from single-sided deafness. As a baby, Figgins contracted spinal meningitis, which caused her to lose all hearing in her right ear. She never gave up on her dance dreams, though, and fought her way through uncomfortable situations, never missing an opportunity to learn and grow. Now, after getting her first pair of hearing aids, she opens up about her path to success. —(As told to Courtney Celeste Spears)
Sara Esty as Maggie in "A Chorus Line" (courtesy Esty)
Sara Esty's ethereal grace and sophisticated charm have won over ballet and Broadway audiences alike. The bunhead-turned-Broadway-baby began training near her hometown in Gorham, ME, at the Maine State Ballet's School for the Performing Arts (with her equally fabulous twin sister, Leigh-Ann). She enrolled full-time at the Miami City Ballet School in 2004, and joined Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 2005. In 2006, Esty won the Princess Grace Award, and she was promoted to soloist at MCB in 2011. After leaving MCB in 2014, she made her Broadway debut in An American in Parisas the understudy for Lise, and went on to share the role of Lise with her sister on the show's national tour. Most recently, she was seen in 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Marie, Dancing Stillin Seattle, WA. —Courtney Bowers