We all love a good dance movie or a good dance moment in a film... and we have been treated to many over the years.

Desert Dancer

Desert Dancer

Today, Desert Dancer hits the big screen and tells the incredible true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risks everything to set up a secret dance company in his native Iran; where dancing has been banned.

The movie sees Richard Raymond in the director's chair while Reece Ritchie, Freida Pinto, and Tom Cullen lead a terrific and talented cast list.

To celebrate the release of the film in cinemas today, we take a look at some of the best dance moments in film.

- Pulp Fiction - Jack Rabbit Slims

When it comes to great dance moments in film, there are few that are better than seeing Uma Thurman and John Travolta do their thing in Pulp Fiction.

While Pulp Fiction is not a dance movie, the Jack Rabbit Slims dance competition has become a truly iconic moment from the film. It is a scene that has been copied and parodied many times over the years.

The whole scene is brought to life thanks to the wonder track You Never Can Tell - which is just one great song on one of the best movie soundtracks of all time.

- Dirty Dancing - Final Dance

There are a whole host of great dance moments that we could have picked from Dirty Dancing - when talking about dance moments in film this movie cannot be overlooked.

But it is the final dance sequence where Baby really comes into her own and shows her family - particularly her father - that she is not a little girl anymore.

Of course, the lift is one of the film's greatest and most memorable moments - and the only time in the movie that Baby actually gets this move right. The Dirty Dancing soundtrack is one of the most successful of all time.

- Billy Elliot - Dances For His Dad

It's hard to believe that it was back in 2000 when Billy Elliot hit the big screen for the first time. Over fifteen years on, it remains one of the best British movies of all time.

Again, there are many great dance moments in the film but the scene where Billy shows off his dance skills to his father is one of the film's most powerful.

Billy Elliot went on to make Jamie Bell a star and went on to be a huge critical and commercial success.

- Love Actually - Dancing In Downing Street

Writer and director Ricard Curtis brought Love Actually to the big screen back in 2003 and it has gone on to become a true festive favourite.

The movie features a great moment when Hug Grant's character David - the newly elected Prime Minister - dances around Downing Street to Jump (For My Love).

This is a great moment in what is both a funny and touching movie.

- Chicago - Nowadays

Renee Zellweger teamed up with Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2003 for a big screen adaptation of musical Chicago, a movie that showed off the singing and dancing skills of both actresses.

Zellweger and Zeta-Jones took on the roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly and perform a whole host of fantastic musical number throughout the movie.

The end of the movie sees the pair performing together as a double act and this is the moment that we have chosen. Zellweger was nominated for Best Actress for her performance while Zeta-Jones went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

- Grease - High School Dance

John Travolta is an actor who has been part of many great dance moments in film - and we have already taken a look at one in the form of Pulp Fiction.

Another came back in 1978 when he took on the role of Danny in musical Grease, alongside Olivia Newton-John as Sandy.

The high school dance is one of the film's best moments as the students of Rydell High have been chosen for a live TV broadcast. While Danny arrives with Sandy, he soon starts dancing with former flame Cha Cha as the dance competition hots up.

- 13 Going on 30 - Thriller

Jennifer Garner showed off her dance skills in comedy 13 Going on 30 when she led the recreation of the Thriller dance routine.

It is one of the film's best moments as the actors come together to pay homage to a great song and a great dance routine. 

Desert Dancer is out now.

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