Not only have shows such as SYTYCD (season 12 is now screening) made dance more visible and accessible outside a stage dance context.
They have also, through their constant referencing of earlier popular screendance peak moments (think the Hollywood Musical of the 1930s to the 1950s, Fame, Flashdance, Footloose, and everything Bob Fosse ever did), commemorated the beauty and joy of these screendance works and their impact on spectators.
To mark the date, a special 60-minute episode called A Decade of Dance was aired, with re-stagings of some of the show’s most memorable dance routines by its most popular contestants.
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It marked the beginning of an exceptional decade of television shows and films focusing on dance. The past two years has also seen the increasing visibility of dance in music videos, not just as background noise but with dance content assuming centre stage (think all of Sia’s recent music videos), and dancers posting and promoting their own work on You Tube (check out choreographers Willda Beast Adams and Tricia Miranda).
It coincided with a new interest in and increasing production of blockbuster movies, as well as independent dance films (think the Step Up franchise and Frances Ha), dance documentaries (First Position and Pina), fictional dance television series (Bunheads and Dance Academy), reality TV shows (All the Right Moves, Bring it! In short, this period has been a dance nerd’s wildest dream.