Misty Copeland in A Ballerina's Tale

The Best Dance Movies Currently On Netflix

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.


High Strung

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!)


Mr. Gaga

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.


Desert Dancer

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.


First Position

Just a friendly reminder that this gem is still on Netflix. Whether you're basking in the memories of YAGP's past, 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.


Ballet 422

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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