Best boogie competitions -- A look at movies that feature dance contests like ''Saturday Night Fever'' and ''Girls Just Want to Have Fun''

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun
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