Dance Dance for your Life: Top10 Music Videos Featuring Dance

4. Salyu – Lighthouse

We start to get into controversial territory because we’ve posted this music video before [1].

Also, this music video is gorgeous, featuring dancer Masako Yasumoto (康本雅子) in slo-mo backwards black and white footage directed by Fumiko Hirano (平野文子).

This is also a controversial pick because Lighthouse is shot so similarly to a dance version, and to top it all off, it’s a non-continuous reproduction of the choreography backwards. As far as concept videos based heavily on dancing, however, seems to fit the criteria almost perfectly.

I wonder how this video looks like played on its original direction? — Ghost

3. Janet Jackson – The Pleasure Principle

What’s a dancing music video list without Janet Jackson? Though, big brother Michael had always taken records and headlines, we actually were surprised to actually find out that Michael had never done a music video solely centered on dance. So Janet is taking a piece of our cake!

Directed by Dominic Sena, who also directed Rhythm Nation, the video for The Pleasure Principle doesn’t cross the fine line of dance music video, letting Janet command that apartment/stage with choreography by Paula Abdul — way before she sat her butt on that American Idol judge chair or was an arguable guest in the horrible Brüno.

The cherry on top of this video is that sequence with Janet dancing against the back-lit fence. – Amy

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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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