We’re all spending a lot more time in front of screens right now, watching TV, keeping up with the news, and trying out social media challenges. Unfortunately, browsing Netflix categories and hunting for new dances on TikTok’s “For You” page can get boring pretty quickly.
So we created a challenge to make things a bit more interesting, a list of twenty dance TV shows, competitions, movies, and documentaries to keep your day-to-day entertaining and full of dance! We included our new favorites, current must-watch shows, and even some dance throwbacks.
How many of these dance TV shows, movies, and documentaries have you watched? You can check out the full list, organized by category, and where to stream each title below.
Cheer: One of the most popular reality TV shows this year, Cheer is high-energy and filled with drama. Watch on Netflix.
Dance Moms: Whether you’ve been keeping up with all of the teams, moms, and dancers on Dance Moms since the beginning or you just jumped in for the reunion season, you know there’s nothing quite like this reality show drama. Watch on Lifetime, Hulu, and YouTube.
Glee: High school drama, memorable mash-ups, and song and dance–what more could you ask for!? Watch on Netflix, YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Musical theatre and Disney fans everywhere are loving HSMTMTS and it’s cast of teen dancers and singers. Go Wild Cats! Watch on Disney Plus.
Step Up: High Water: When twin dancers Janelle and Tal find their lives shaken up as they prepare to graduate high school, they find themselves in Atlanta with an opportunity to dance in one a prestigious performing arts school, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to get in. Watch on YouTube and Amazon Prime.
Showstopper Classics: Showstopper is traveling back in time to show you how your parents, teachers, and even some of the biggest dancers in the industry today used to compete. This new throwback series of the 1995-2006 American Dance Championships, the Showstopper Classics, comes straight from our VHS tape vault. Watch on YouTube and Facebook.
SYTYCD: Do you remember when Nick Lazzarini won the very first season of So You Think You Can Dance? From Nick to Bailey Muñoz becoming the first b-boy to win in Season 16, a trip back into SYTYCD‘s epic performance history is always a great time. Watch on Fox.
Another Cinderella Story: Flashback to Selena Gomez’ Disney days! She stars in this modern dance competition fairy tale. Watch on YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Chicago: Break out your singing voice and your jazz moves for this Broadway classic full of 20s looks and all that jazz. Watch on iTunes, YouTube, and Hulu.
Dirty Dancing: No one puts Baby in a corner! Watch on YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Driven to Dance: Paige’s mom doesn’t think that her dance dreams are practical, but that isn’t going to stop her from chasing them. Watch on Netflix.
Footloose: What would you do to share your passion? Footloose is the perfect movie to watch if you’re looking for some inspiration to get up and move and achieve your dreams. Watch on YouTube and iTunes.
Happy Feet: If you love tap dance, this family movie is perfect for getting everyone in your house to tap their feet and enjoy creating some rhythms. Watch on YouTube and iTunes.
High Strung: Free Dance: Dreaming of your big break? Juliet Doherty stars in this drama about a dancer who’s chance to star on Broadway comes with a lot more hurdles than she expects. Watch on YouTube and Amazon Prime.
Leap!: Also simply titled Ballerina depending on where you watch it, this movie tells the story of Félicie and Victor, best friends that runaway to chase their creative dreams. Watch on YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
White Christmas: During this challenge, why not flashback to the 1950s, and enjoy an early Christmas with classic stars like Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney? Watch on iTunes and Amazon Prime.
Zapped: When Zoey’s life of dance and straight-A’s gets shaken up with by new step-siblings and a phone malfunction that gives her an interesting new power, things get a little crazy. Watch on YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.
A Ballerina’s Tale: Misty Copeland is one of the most famous dancers in the world today. This documentary explores her rise to fame and the obstacles she’s faced and overcome along the way. Watch on YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Jig: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a serious Irish step dancer? Well, these dancers are going to the Irish Dancing World Championships, and they’re not playing games. Watch on YouTube, iTunes, and Amazon Prime.
Mr. Gaga: Ohad Naharin is the choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. This documentary gives an inside look at his life and career. Watch on iTunes.