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Great Dance Moments in Film

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1894 The History of Dance on Film Begins

Thomas A. Edison films Ruth Dennis (later known as Ruth St. Denis) doing a skirt dance outdoors. (No video available)

Forrest Gump Teaches Elvis Presley Some Moves

from Forrest Gump (1994)

James Cagney Tap Dancing Down the Staircase

from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Little Colonel Bojangles Dance

The James Cagney stair dance reminded me of one of my faves: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson teaches Shirley Temple his signature stair dance in this scene from The Little Colonel

Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly

from the movie Singing in the Rain (1952)

Sunday Jumps with Fred Astaire

from Royal Wedding (1951)