Two of The Best Teen Musicals and Dance Classics of All Time

Every generation has had its own teen musicals and dance classics. In the 40's and 50's these movies starred Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. In the 60's they starred the Beatles. In the 70's and 80's they starred John Travolta and in the 90's they starred Michael Jackson. Whether it was Dirty Dancing or Rock around the Clock, each generation has clung it's teen musicals and dance classics as a way of forgetting the harsh realities of the world around them.

Show business is very profitable and at the same time a very complex industry. Many small boys and girls want to be like popular modern and legendary actors, actresses, singers, producers. In other words they want to be like celebrities. Children especially seem to like characters from movies or games that were produced particularly for them. This is because of their great popularity. Almost everyone collects posters with his or her favorite actors, actresses or singer. Among these celebrities there are posters with teen action heroes, like the Karate Kid and Spider-Man.

Teen musicals and dance classics hold a special place in the teen entertainment market. These genres are very popular now and have been popular for over fifty years. Films of these genres are wonderfully entertaining and they made people dancing and singing. The most popular ones of teen musicals and dance classics are: "Rock around the clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets, "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richards, "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles.

John Travolta appeared on the scene in 1970s with dance musicals like "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever". "Flash dance" is generally credited with being the first "MTV" dance musical which appeared in 1980s. The films "Breakin" and "Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo" were also unique in their own way and added to the genre of teen musicals and dance classics in the early 1980s.

The 1980's is also the time of Patrick Swayze`s popularity, he presented a new-style of dance classics with "Dirty Dancing" and another dance craze which is called the "Lambada". Afterwards appeared new Lambada movies "Lambada: Set the Night on Fire" and "Lambada: The Forbidden Dance". After these films that were produced in the 1990s there was a gap in this genre on TV. Only in the beginning of the new millennium did new teen musicals and dance classics appear like the Julia Stiles hip-hop dance drama "Save the Last Dance", "Fame" style "Center stage" and the Australian classic "Bootmen".

One of the most popular and famous teen musicals and dance classics is "Rock Around the Clock". It was released in 1956 and devoted to popular dance direction of that time which was called rock and roll. Bill Haley and the Comets, Tony Martinez, Alan Freed, Freddie Bell, and the Platters starred in this major motion picture. After this film Bill Haley was named the "grandfather" of rock and roll. His new sound rocked the world in 1950s. Many people remember "Rock around the clock" as nostalgia about that easy and exciting era when everybody liked to dance rock and roll. However, after "Rock around the clock" was released it was banned in some countries because of the excitement demonstrated by youngsters after watching that movie.

There are many songs in the "Rock around the clock" film that even now are very popular, such as the title song "Rock around the clock", "Happy baby", "Rock-a-Beaten` boogie", "The great pretender", "See you later alligator", "Teach you to Swallow", "We're gonna teach you to rock", "Giddy up ding dong" and others.

"Dirty dancing" is one of the greatest teen musicals and dance classics. It was released in 1986 by Emile Ardolino. The main stars of that film were Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. It was not so difficult to play that role for Swayze because he is a dancer.

"Rock around the clock" and "Dirty dancing" remain two of the most popular teen dance classics to this day and continue to generate new fans and popularity.

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