5) The Best Man- The Wedding
The moment Uncle Skeeter says, “I’m gonna get it started ya’ll,” it sets off a rallying cry that unites everyone at the wedding to perform the greatest dance in black American history: The electric slide/Hustle. Despite an exposed secret nearly destroying bonds, all the beloved characters get in formation to two-step in harmony to Cameo’s “Candy” in a generational ceremony that transcends friends to family.
4) The Wood – If This World Were Mine
One would have to be a soulless desktop not to feel the emotional touch of Big Luther’s vocal supremacy as a teenage Mike builds the courage to finally ask his middle-school crush Alicia to dance to her favorite song. Previously Mike survived a big brother beat down and avoided jail from an armed robbery involvement to arrive at the school dance, making him a likable underdog. This slow dance scene captures the nervousness of Mike’s heart rising (along with other things) that is reminiscent of that short, enjoyable period of life without adult complications.
3) Girls Trip – Club bar scene
Not only did this scene reunite us with Set It Off wigs worn by Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah but delivered an amplified (by a hallucinated drug) girls’ night out. Joined by Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall, the fierce foursome onscreen chemistry was identical to black college friends showing up at their Homecoming, doing throwback dances while still beefing with the same fake people from undergrad.
2) Schoool Daze – Pajama party
This classic soulful musical has plenty of rememberable moments, but none stands out like the pajama jam party with D.C. GoGo band EU’s legendary “Da Butt” performance. School Daze the film introduces the outside world to Black College life while the pajama party created an invitational allure of black joy that many young black minds were soon to accept.
1) Houseparty – The dance battle
Add the innocence of Kid, the slickness of Play, the confidence of Sydney, and the sophistication of Sharane to get the perfect recipe for a timeless epic dance scene that impacted the culture many times over. Houseparty was the fictionalized story of real-life rap duo Kid N Play who were known for their feel-good music and often failed attempted impressive dance moves. The set up was as organic as a real dance battle can get, with a challenge accepted of the all-time title of “Who is the best dancer.” Kid N Play was victorious; however, the win gap becomes closer every year TBT, while the jump leg attempt is tried at least once at every family reunion, cookout, and wedding.
These scenes changed us, captivated us, and kept us talking about them for years past their debut. These dance scenes were not only enjoyable but carved an emotional piece in our hearts and minds by displaying the vulnerability of our souls on the screen. The mainstream world was privileged to have their imaginations stimulated by peeking into our scripted visual dashes of realism.