Genre Studies: How to Write a Ballroom Dance Film

My interest in ballroom dance films stems from the fact that I am a ballroom dancer. When I’m not writing screenplays or interacting with you lovely people, I’m getting my Samba on. Over the past few months I’ve been learning Samba, Waltz, Salsa, Cha-Cha and Rumba. Next on my agenda is the (decidedly exhausing) Viennese Waltz and Jive.
My writing partner and I are currently writing a ballroom dance film. We’re keeping it under wraps until it’s done, but I thought I’d share what our process looks like and share some of the research we did concerning the ballroom dance subgenre.

Scene Spotlight: Best Ballroom Dance Scenes

This week I’m breaking down scenes from two of Baz Luhrmann’s best movies — Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom. These are both required viewing if you want to write a ballroom dancing film.

I picked these scenes because not only do they advance the plot, but they also have conflict and character development. That’s a tall order– but these scenes manage to accomplish these and more!