Dance is more than just a simple sway of the hips. Dance is defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary as moving your body in a way that goes with the rhythm and style of music that is being played, or to move with and guide (someone) as music plays or to dance with (someone).
Whether you choose to dance in a club, in your living room, by yourself or with a partner, dance is one of the most primal and ancient forms of seduction. You will find examples of this both in movies and in real life. Here are some classic examples of dance being used in cinema as a form of romantic foreplay.
Cinderella (1950) This animated film from Walk Disney pictures features a young servant woman who is transformed for a night in order to go to a ball at the Prince’s castle. After slow dancing with him, he falls madly in love with her and quests to make her his royal bride.
Saturday Night Fever (1977) This disco era film boasts a young male character, played by John Travolta, who is obsessed with using his dancing skills in order to get laid. His mission is to become the king of disco and a true ladies man, so he uses his abilities on the dance floor to score big with the local disco queens.
Footloose (1984) In a small, rural and uptight town, actor Kevin Bacon brings the joys of dance back to a place in which dancing had been banned by the local authority figures. Dancing ignites the flames of passion in the town’s repressed youths.
Dirty Dancing (1987) In this coming of age tale, Jennifer Grey plays a young female character who is figuring out her developing sense of sexuality through the teachings of an older male dance instructor played by Patrick Swayze.
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls (1995) Although this film is both a parody and a comedy, the tribal dance scene rings true the primal nature of dance and the laws of attraction. The actor Jim Carrey is swayed and seduced by a young tribeswoman after she performs the “dance of the virgin” in his presence.
Black Swan (2010) Actresses Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis portray the disciplined world of professional ballet dancers in this intensely psychological film. They compete for the attention and affection of the ballet company’s premiere instructor through the alluring movements of their bodies.
Some people, men especially, are intimidated by dancing and are convinced that they are not good at it. Like anything else in life, dance requires a bit of practice and can be improved by counting the beat of the music in your head while you move. Clapping and snapping your fingers can also improve your “getting jiggy” tempo. If you are self-conscious, keep the steps simple and bust out a few moves in front of the mirror before going out. Most importantly, remember to smile and you will surely a good time on the dance floor.