Hope springs eternal. On Saturday, May 3, celebrate (what we hope will be) the end of winter at Spring Breakin’: A Sixth & I Dance Party. To get you in the mood, here’s a list of the best musical and dance numbers sure to put that spring back in your step.
1. The Rites of Spring
This ballet might be a little old school for of some of your tastes, but still, the avant-garde nature of this dance choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and performed by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1913 created such a sensation that the audience almost rioted in the original performance.
Dance Life Lesson: Commit to your dance moves, no matter how bold and weird they may be.
2. Spring Breakers “Everytime”
Another semi-scandalous piece of musical bravado, Spring Breakers stars former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens (making her first appearance on this list), Pretty Little Liars’ Ashley Benson, and another non-former teen starlet. There’s plenty of wild n’ crazy party scenes in the movie, but this one where James Franco’s character, the rapper/gangster Alien, croons Brittney Spears’ “Everytime” surrounded by the Hudgens and Benson, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful scenes in the movie.
Dance Life Lesson: Don’t let who you were in your past hold you back from tearing it up on the dance floor.
3. Mean GirlsSpring Fling Dance
After being crowned Spring Fling Queen, Lindsay Lohan’s character gives a rallying, yet sentimental speech apologizing for the social crimes she committed and unifying the school by giving everyone a piece of the Spring Fling crown.
Dance Life Lesson: We all deserve to be royals, at least for one night.
4. “Springtime for Hitler”
In the musical version of the Mel Brooks masterpiece, The Producers, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom attempt to put on the worst and most offensive musical in Broadway history to profit from the show’s early cancellation. “Springtime for Hitler,” the show’s catchy and outrageous opening number shocks the audience, but winds up being a huge hit anyway.
Dance Life Lesson: You can dance to anything.
5. “Springin’” in the Rain
In one of the most iconic scenes in movie history, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) kisses Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds), sending the ecstatic Lockwood into an all-out dance sequence that has him pirouetting in the pouring rain.
Dance Life Lesson: Dance your heart out. (Oh, and girls love a guy who can bust a move.)
6. High School Musical 3: Senior Year “Spring Musical”
Vanessa Hudgens makes her second (and a polar opposite) appearance on this list with the “Spring Musical” sequence from High School Musical 3. Sure, this movie and its previous iterations have enough cheese in them to fill a Doritos factory, but it’s still fun to watch. Not that this author paid to see this movie in the theater or anything.
Dance Life Lesson: Just keep dancing and all of your problems will go away.
7. She’s All That Prom Dance Scene
One of the teen-iest of teen romantic comedies based (slightly) on Pygmalion stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. as the Big Man on Campus who tries to woo the artsy glasses-and-ponytail-wearing weirdo Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook). In the big finale at Prom, there’s a strange pre-choreographed dance to “The Rockafeller Skank” by Fatboy Slim, which has supposedly been coordinated by Usher (the D.J. because this school has that large of a prom budget apparently).
Dance Life Lesson: Brush up on your dance routines—the Electric Slide, the Cha-Cha slide, the Macarena, and the Single Ladies dance, just for good measure. You don’t want to feel like you didn’t get the memo.