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

19. “Tap Dancing to the Top” – The Artist (2011)

I’m a sucker for a tap dance and this loving recreation of 1930s-era tap dancing is expertly executed. Stars Berenice Bejo and Jean Dujardin never let you see ’em sweat, gliding and tapping across the floor as if they’re floating. The mix of tap and waltz shows the fun as well as the romanticism which allowed musicals of the period to endure for decades. The lack of sound, with just taps and claps on the soundtrack, compels the audience to focus on the actors’ movements and feet as opposed to the music and dialogue that would usually accompany.