+the scene
+the scene

7 Dance Shows & Movies To Keep You On Your Toes This Summer!

07-17-2022 by Skylar Zachian



Looking for something new to binge-watch this Summer? We’ve got you covered. From reality shows and competitions to Netflix movies and Disney throwbacks, there are tons of amazing dance-focused titles guaranteed to have you popping and locking in your living room. Here are 7 amazing dance shows and movies that you’ll definitely want to add to your “must-watch” list!


1. “The Masked Dancer” (Hulu)

A spin-off of the hit show “The Masked Singer”, “The Masked Dancer” offers a unique take on the world of dance competitions: in this show, dance meets detective work. In the first episode, 10 celebrities decked out in full costume (including face masks) show off their dance moves. The panel — Ashley Tisdale, Ken Jeong, Paula Abdul, and Brian Austin Green — attempt to guess who the dancers are based on their moves and clues that are given in various forms; the dancers can say one word in their real speaking voice, plus their introduction video clips, costumes, stage designs, and dance moves themselves reveal details about the celebrity under the mask. At the end of each episode, one dancer gets voted off by the audience and must reveal their identity. Who will be the last dancer standing? Are these celebrities who we think they are? Check out “The Masked Dancer” for some answers!




2. “Dancing with Myself” (Hulu)

This one goes out to everyone who loves to dance like no one’s watching. If you’re an avid Just Dance player or spend your free time learning TikTok dances, you will not want to miss this brand new dance show. Every episode, panelists Nick Jonas, Shakira, and Liza Koshy (along with host Camille Kostek) teach 6 dances to 12 new contestants — participants who love to dance for fun but have no formal training. Plus, the show lets us in on the fun and encourages the at-home audience to dance along! The panel and live audience intently watch all the dancers in their pods and decide who gets to stay after each round. There are even super energetic freestyle battle rounds!




3. “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls” (Amazon Prime)

When looking for “Big Grrrl” backup dancers, Lizzo decided that it’s “about damn time” to take matters into her own hands and give plus-size dancers the representation they deserve. Lizzo searched all over the country to find potential new dancers to join her on stage; 13 confident, energetic women caught her eye. This reality show follows Lizzo’s possible new “Big Grrrls” as they train for an audition. In celebration of Lizzo’s new album Special, which released on Friday (July 15), now is the perfect time to watch “Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls”!




4. “So You Think You Can Dance” (Hulu/FOX, Wednesdays at 9/8c)

The Emmy Award-winning competition “So You Think You Can Dance” is going 17 seasons strong! Contestants who specialize in all different genres perform for a chance to make it to the choreography round where they will demonstrate their ability to dance in various other styles. They perform solos, duets, and group pieces striving to be the last dancer standing. Celebrity judge Matthew Morrison announced that he was leaving Season 17 of the show in May, but Leah Remini took his place alongside Stephen “tWitch” Boss and everyone’s favorite "Dance Moms" icon, JoJo Siwa! No matter what style of dance is your forte, “So You Think You Can Dance” is guaranteed to have you shimmying in your seat.




5. Another Cinderella Story (HBO Max)

In the mood for a feel-good Disney movie? Another Cinderella Story has got to be one of the best (if not the best!) adaptations of Cinderella. Dominique Blatt (Jane Lynch) adopts Mary Santiago (Selena Gomez). All Mary wants to do is dance, but Dominique is constantly standing in the way of her dreams. When pop star Joey Parker (Drew Seeley) comes to Mary’s high school, Mary sneaks out to go to Joey’s dance class and even ends up dancing with him at a Valentine’s Day masquerade ball! Mary’s moves remind Joey of why he loved to dance in the first place, and he sets out to uncover her identity. Plus, Joey hosts a huge dance contest to find a partner for his newest music video. If you’ve seen this movie anything short of 10 times, it’s time to give it another watch.




6. Feel the Beat (Netflix)

Looking to have a dance-themed movie night with the fam? If so, Feel the Beat is the perfect choice. When April Dibrina (Sofia Carson) gets blackballed on Broadway, she goes home to Wisconsin where she undertakes the task of preparing young dancers for competition. The casting, the acting, the dancing: *chef’s kiss!*




7. Work It (Netflix)

In August of 2020, just two months after Feel the Beat was released, Netflix gifted us Work it — and it’s a must-watch. Quinn Ackerman (Sabrina Carpenter), like every other high school senior, desperately wants to get into a top college. If Quinn wants an acceptance letter from Duke, she has to make her application stand out. How? Perform in the "Work It" dance competition! School team won’t take her? No problem, she’ll just form her own group of amazing dancers who have a shot at blowing the competition out of the water. How hard could that be? With a little help from her best friend Jasmine Hale (Liza Koshy) and former Work It Champion Jake Taylor (Jordan Fisher), Quinn might just be able to pull this off.




Get your chips and your dancing shoes because it's time to salsa into Summer. Ready, set, binge!