Movies About Dancers (Don’t Expect to See “Step Up” in Here)

Dance Post

For some reason, I always loved movies about dancers. But please let me specify that by movies about dancers I do not mean Step Up or Honey, I’m kinda not this type of gal who worships them. (This is the part where my husband would laugh while reading this, because when we started dating I asked him out to watch one of the Step Ups that was out at the time. In my excuse I was young and in love.) Anyways, going back to the topic…Maybe I’m so interested in them because I regret not doing dance growing up, or maybe because I still believe that I should ultimately became a flamenco dancer, change my name to Carmen and run away with some gypsy caravan. It’s just there is so much freedom, self-expression in dancing. I believe that when people are dancing that’s when they are really being themselves.

In the last six months I accidentally ran into three really good movies about dancers. Although, these movies are not just about dancers, they are about eagerness to live, love, be yourself, express yourself, achieve your dreams, make friends, and be happy. Excited? Here they are:

 

The Dancer / La Danseuse (2016)

The Dancer

French biographical period film about the pioneer of modern dance and theatrical lighting techniques, Loie Fuller; starring Soko and should I mention that Lily-Rose Depp plays Isadora Duncan. This movie is a must see if you love stories based on real people with a strong female lead.

I saw this movie on the bus from Barcelona to Madrid. It was dubbed in Spanish and with Spanish subtitles, and I don’t know Spanish but I was still beguiled by its beauty. Then the second I got back to wifi, I looked up everything about Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan and their impact on the history of dance. I strongly recommend you doing the same by clicking on their names in this post.

Also, after you’re done watching this movie and reading about these great ladies, check out a real dance performance by Loie Fuller.

 

Polina / Polina, danser sa vie (2016)

Polina

Let me first tell you that this movie to a certain extent perfectly captured one of faces that Russia has, talking mysterious Russian soul here. At the very beginning of the movie I even cried a little because it showed how a typical Russian city looks like in the winter time, with a recognizable song from my childhood playing on the background. This made me feel very nostalgic.

Anyways, Polina shows how you can get the crème de la crème of a ballet education in the world, but if your heart is calling for something else, you need to listen to it and follow where it tells you to go.

Also, the Anastasia Shevtsova who played Polina is still my Instagram crush since October 2017. Read this interview with Anastasia and follow her on Instagram.

 

Frances Ha (2013)

Frances Ha

When I was watching this movie, I thought that Frances is such a real person. I absolutely loved how quirky and spontaneous she is.

It has a good sense of Phoebe from Friends and Girls (btw Adam Driver is there but that’s not the main reason it reminds me of Girls) mixed with French New Wave movies.

It’s a modern New Yorker millennial (or choose your own bunch of cliché words) life story.