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Best boogie competitions

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The urban step contest of How She Move (now on DVD) has us reminiscing about our favorite toe-tapping, hip-thrusting, back-flipping cinematic dance competitions. Gimme a beat!

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)
Pacific Ballroom 1932 Dance Marathon Prize: $1,500 In Depression-era California, a drifter (Michael Sarrazin) and an actress (Oscar nominee Jane Fonda) enter a grueling contest that ends in murder. Need a post-Horses lift? Pop in…

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Dance T.V. Finals Prize: A TV gig Crop-top-clad Janey (19-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker) wants to shake it on a Solid Gold-like show. (How very Hairspray!) Remember when ”I saw that in three different videos and a Levi’s commercial” was a real dis?

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
2001 Odyssey Annual Disco Dance Contest Prize: $500 Tony (John Travolta) and Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) battle a better, leggier Latin couple. But Travolta’s solo shimmy — he does splits! — to the Bee Gees’ ”You Should Be Dancing” is Fever’s best boogie.

Strictly Ballroom (1993)
The Pan Pacific Grand Prix Prize: Honor, respect, a really big trophy Rebel champ Scott (Paul Mercurio of Australia’s Dancing With the Stars) pairs with a beginner (Tara Morice) whose Spanish family teaches him a foot-stomping paso doble. It’s got glitter, sequins, and even a toupeed version of DWTS judge Len Goodman.

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