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Christmas is a mere three days away, Hanukkah is at our backs, and New Year’s has us in its sights. At Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, we’ll be taking a couple days off to chill and visit with family and friends. In the meantime, we wanted to leave something fun in our stead. We submit for you, our favorite dance scenes in holiday films. Enjoy!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We’ll start with a warm-up. This nice little sway they’re doing is preparing their arms and hips for the dance revelry that is sure to come later!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

These guys remind us a lot of our Core Company members. Each person has his or her own style, but they’re dancing together, making something memorable!

A Muppet Christmas Carol

Dare we call this a site-specific performance? Playing his former business partners, Statler and Waldorf warn Scrooge of the afterlife that awaits him if he continues down his mean-spirited path.

Home Alone

Sure, this too stretches the definition of “dance” but Kevin McCallister, in an attempt to defend his home, threw himself a party and danced as if no one was watching, though in the hopes that two people were indeed watching.


In the spirit of dancing as if no one’s watching … Buddy the Elf teaches us all a lesson in how to spice up a mundane work day.

Love, Actually

In one stunning work of dance genius Hugh Grant makes us question everything we know about British Prime Ministers past and present. But honestly, who among us can sit still during the Pointer Sisters’ Jump for my Love? No one? That’s what we thought.

The Polar Express

They’re dancing about hot chocolate. That’s amazing and frankly it’s all that needs to be said!

White Christmas

Two two-person performance troupes band together to save a struggling Vermont Inn. Dance ensues! They just don’t make ’em like they used to!

Holiday Inn

This one celebrates more than the December holidays—it celebrates them all! (Sure it’s Christmas now, but isn’t the Fourth of July just around the corner?) And who better to spend a year’s worth of holidays with than good ol’ Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby?

It’s a Wonderful Life

We’re sure plenty of you saw this one coming. Sure it all starts out innocent and fun—George and Mary in happier days, dancing with nary a care in the world. But then the ground (literally) opens and … it’s probably even more fun, though perhaps less innocent.

If you have a favorite dance scene from a holiday film, send them our way! In the meantime, we hope you make some wonderful memories this holiday season. See you in 2016!