October: Dancin’ Fools

October is traditionally a month for horror movies, but this time we’ll be watching five classic movies about stickin’ it to the man and standing up for yourself via dancing crazy. I have not seen a single one of these movies.

October 2: Dirty Dancing (1987) — Patrick Swayze dances all sexy-like. Fun fact: the famous track “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” has been listed as the “third most popular song played at funerals” in the UK.

October 9: Footloose (1984) — A very young Kevin Bacon plays a modern city boy transplanted to a small Midwestern town where dancing is outlawed.

October 16: Saturday Night Fever (1977) — A very young John Travolta is a store clerk by day, disco-dancing king by night.

October 23: Breakin’ (1984) — A struggling jazz dancer takes to the streets and becomes a breakdancing sensation. (Possibly followed by Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, if people are up for it.)

October 30: Flashdance — (1983) — Jennifer Beals is a steel-town girl on a Saturday night, and she’s dancing like she’s never danced before.