Sometimes nostalgia sets in and spectacular dance movies are remembered from the early '80's and '90's. Then the 2000's rolled around and audiences around the world were thrust into an era of dance movies that focus strictly on hip-hop and break dancing. Today, movie goers and dance enthusiasts are waiting anxiously for the release of 'Battle of the Year' due to come out today. So what's the difference?
In previous ages, dance movies have focused on the turmoil within a dancer. From the coming of age story of 'Dirty Dancing' to the eating disorders and sexual frustration of 'Center Stage', dance movies used to provide us a lesson on what it meant and what it really took to be a dancer. The things one learned from them were frequently how brittle the foundation of a dancers life was and how much perseverance and dedication it took to be a true dancer. These movies focused on the true beauty of dance and the social qualms being a dancer presented.
Recently, however, dance movies have morphed into a singular entity in which the viewers are given one thing: Hip-hop. All dance, no matter the genre or discipline is an art form. It is full of dedication and heartache, swollen feet and torn down ego's. When audiences are given only one form of dance for nearly an entire decade however, it begins to take its toll. Viewing dance competitions around the country, it seems as if there is a 3-1 ratio of hip-hop to any other discipline of dance. It must be assumed that the saturation of media with hip-hop has to have something to do with it.
Surely there have been some non-hip-hop movies released in the last decade, 'Black Swan' being the most prevalent. However, with its drug references and sexual themes, it was not the number one choice for young aspiring dancers to be shown. Thus young dancers and would-be dancers are given one option. For those interested in a wider range of dance titles, MSN Entertainment has a wonderful list to check out.