Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

21. “Fight the Power” – Do the Right Thing (1989)

Spike Lee sets the tone for his raw and blistering look at racial tensions in New York within the first three minutes. Lee enjoys blending opening credits with a powerful song to get the message out of the gate – most recently seen with Chi-raq – and here the streets will soon run as red as the background Rosie Perez dances in front of. Her dance moves are in your face and aggressive, with her literally dressed as a boxer ready to step into the ring. As the film’s theme song, “Fight the Power” plays, the audience is confronted with the battle the characters endure. It’s a dance of tension, hostility and reclamation.