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YALSA RECOMMENDATIONS: Fabulous Films: Song and Dance

Young Adult Library Services Association's lists of great films for teens, based on a different theme each year. The 2012 List was Song and Dance.

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8 mile

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A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems give him doubts.

Almost famous


A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Bride & prejudice


Bollywood meets Jane Austen in this bhangra musical version of Pride & Prejudice.


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High school students compete to win an opportunity to perform at a well-known venue and work with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Dr. Horrible's sing-along blog


"The world is a mess and I just...have to rule it!" Socially awkward Dr. Horrible tries to find the courage to talk to his love while brazenly (and musically) trying to take over the world.

Every little step

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This documentary follows the auditions of a group of actors for the revival production of A Chorus Line, while also telling the story behind the musical's creation and original cast.

Mao's last dancer


A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet.



A musical set at the turn of the century that follows the story of newspaper boys in New York.

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist


Nick and Norah's lives intersect when they meet while on a quest to find a secret concert by their favorite band.

Only when I dance

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This film follows the lives of two ambitious young dancers, Irlan and Isabela, as they train their talents and try to leave the favelas from which they come.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella


A prince, a pumpkin, a glass slipper ... history's most enduring fairy tale returns with a thoroughly modern twist! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella shimmers to life in the most spectacular Disney production ever of the classic musical.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the world


Scott Pilgrim plays in a band that aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band.



Jennifer Lopez plays Selena, a rising Tejano singer, who is learning to balance her life as a Mexican American performer.

Step up


When a girl loses her dance partner, she discovers that the student doing community service as a janitor has dance skills that could help her win.

Strictly ballroom


Scott is a ballroom dancer who adds non-ballroom steps to his dancing, infuriating his mother, his partner and everyone in his studio. When Scott teams up with ugly ducking newcomer Fran, they just might take over the Grand Prix.

Sweeney Todd. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street


Benjamin Barker is falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned for 15 years. When he returns to London, he learns that his beautiful wife committed suicide. Barker changes his name to Sweeney Todd and embarks on a bloody plan to get revenge for his loss.

The sound of music


A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

War dance

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Set in war-raved Northern Uganda, the award-winning War Dance will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives.

West side story


Tony and Maria are star-crossed lovers in an updated version of Romeo and Juliet.

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