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Dance Documentaries

A list of dance documentary films I would like to see or have seen. Share your reviews, vote for your favorites and add ones that aren't listed here.

First Position

An award winning dance documentary that features some of the most talented young dancers in the world as they compete for ballet scholarships.

Only When I Dance

Only When I Dance is the story of two teenagers trying to realise an extraordinary dream. One girl and one boy, both black and poor, are planning to dance their way out of one of the most violent favelas in Rio de Janerio.

Mad Hot Ballroom

Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to try to compete in the final citywide competition.

And We Will Dance

This film allows you to peek into the invisible world behind the curtain - the inspiring lives of a handful of talented dancers from the North Carolina School of the Arts from dorm life to dance studios, audition to final performance.

Flamenco at 5:15

For a few weeks each year, in the depths of winter, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada are treated to a style of dance that is unlike any other - flamenco.




RIZE is an intimate completely fresh portrayal of inner-city youth who have created art--and often family--where before there was none. Surrounded by drug addiction, gangs and impoverishment, they have developed a completely unique style of dance that evolves on a daily basis. Through tremendous spirit and creativity, they manage to rise above.

Ballets Russes

This entrancing ode to the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupes known collectively as the Ballets Russes treats modern audiences to a rare glimpse of the singularly remarkable merger of performers, choreographers, composers and designers who transformed the art of dance for generations to come.




Jig tells the compelling story of the 40th Irish dancing world championships in Glasgow. Thousands of dancers, their families and teachers take part in the drama-filled seven day event where dance talent is pushed to the very limit in the quest for perfection.

Ballet Girls

Through the eyes of a handful of young hopefuls from across Canada and around the world, Ballet Girls captures the heartbreak of loss and the conviction of spirit required to become a member of the world-renowned Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Movement One

Movement One is a dance documentary that follows producer/composer Jon Arpino and Emmy-nominated choreographer Teddy Forance as they create an original dance production for film. In just 8 days, 20 dancers collaborated to choreograph and perform a 30-minute dance production set to an original score.

Trash Dance

Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle.