Dance Dance for your Life: Top10 Music Videos Featuring Dance

8. Vanessa Carlton – White Houses

Some of you may say… “what? White girl ahead of Ciara???” So I’m here to remind you that we’re not analyzing dancing, but music videos with dancing. In this simple music video directed by Sophie Muller, she manages to show us two sides to Vanessa Carlton — a certain encountered duality… all in one single room and no extra flash.

Sure, Carlton does a Zen-balancing-on-your-feet feature while hanging on wire — because that’s wire, right? One can never be 100% sure any longer — but this won’t be the last time we will see wires featured on this list.

What does knock this down was the setting of a studio with minimum set interaction… except for the playing on the piano part. The video also cuts much too many times to Carlton playing the piano, but leaves enough of solo dancing. – Amy

7. Example – Watch the Sun Come Up (The Devil’s Gun ‘Zeitgeist’ Remix)

Example, a.k.a. Elliot John Gleave, gets away with not doing his own dancing with a music video for The Devil’s Gun Zeigeist Remix version of Watch the Sun Come Up [MV], following British Gymnast Erin Jameson on her way to dance class as she bounces up and down the street, getting stared at by random passersby.

This music video, directed by Ben Newman, shows that you can dance… dance for your life any way you want. – Ghost

Ghost Writer

Here. There. Everywhere. Punished soul that usually watches what nobody wants, but sometimes gets lucky.

3 Responses

  1. Camiele says:

    OH MY GOD!!!! In all my backlog editing how did I miss this one?!?!?!?!!!??

    I’m gonna have to say that your Top 3 is pretty much what mine would look like, except I’d want Bjork’s at number 3, with my favourite dancer Janet at number 2. Obviously, “Weapon of Choice” was the ONLY choice (no pun intended…. honest) for number one.

    Perhaps Usher’s “U Remind Me” would also work… he’s only dancing around the chick the whole time… well, there is a mini-dance break. So I guess that would knock it down a bit further.

    This is a hella interesting idea for a “Best Dance” post! I still can’t believe, with all my bitching and moaning about dance, I didn’t actually get around to reading or editing this *sad face is sad*. But MAN I’m glad I finally got the chance to check this out!

    And, you’re right about “Singin’ in the Rain.” Perhaps it should just be on the list because… well… it’s friggin “Singin’ in the Rain!!!”

    • amy says:

      @Camiele, I wonder what U Remind Me would have gotten on the list. We did consider it xD but it got cut down because there’s the whole walking and singing more than actual dancing.

      I blame it on the strange mv setup hahaha.

      • Camiele says:

        @amy, I guess you could think of the walking as part of the dancing… a literal dancing around the woman of interest, metaphorically he’s dancing around being with the girl because she reminds him so much of this girl he once dated.

        The walking would have to be choreographed because it would have to work perfectly in conjunction with the girl’s walking. That is something that’s sort of accepted in the dance world as part of choreography, especially if it fits the movement of the music.

        But, of course, that’s getting a little too deep when you have videos on the list that are more readily conducive to what your point system is… HaHA.

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