Top 10: Dance Scenes from the 2000s

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We’re celebrating the millennium with our top 10 dance scenes from films from the 2000s, including Zoolander, Moulin Rouge, and Save The Last Dance

Having been born in 1990, I was only really aware of the decade as it was already coming to a close. So, for me, personally, the 2000s and all of their open questions are much more present: Will there be a nuclear meltdown? Will the 2000s be just as good as 20 years before? Will there be any more good dance scenes? And, is the world actually coming to an end now?

Let’s count ourselves lucky that didn’t happen and that films like Zoolander still leave an impression on us, years later (we remember the unbelievable showdown between Zoolander and Hansel). Even scenes from Save The Last Dance with Ice Cube are so current that you could sing along to all the songs and dance along with the choreography. And even if we’re a little ashamed of our fashion faux pas and therefore put our emphasis on the decade that came before it, we’re celebrating the millennium here with a top 10 list of our favorite dance scenes – flashbacks to belly chains, crop tops, and low-waisted bell-bottoms included:

1. Charlie’s Angels (2000)

Directed by: McG

Staring: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu

2. Billy Elliot (2000)

Directed by: Stephen Daldry

Staring: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood

3. Zoolander (2001)

Directed by: Ben Stiller

Staring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor

4. Save The Last Dance (2001)

Directed by: Thomas Carter

Staring: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington

5. Moulin Rouge – Roxanne’s Tango Scene (2001)

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

Staring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

6. Donnie Darko – Sparkle Motion Scene (2001)

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Staring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell

7. Drumline (2002)

Directed by: Charles Stone III
Staring: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones

8. Honey (2003)

Directed by: Bille Woodruff
Staring: Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, Romeo Miller

9. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Directed by: Jared Hess
Staring: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries

10. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Directed by: Marc Webb
Staring: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Geoffrey Arend