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Best Disney Dance Movies on Disney Plus to Move & Groove To

Are you a dance lover? Does the sound of ballet shoes or hip hop beats make your heart skip a beat?

Disney Plus has got you covered! With an extensive collection of dance movies and shows, you can dance your way through the day with these amazing options.

So get ready to shake it up, on pointe your way through the dance floor, and drum up the fun. Here are the best Disney dance movies Disney Plus, plus a few good dance shows, too.

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots. These movies and shows are available to stream on Disney+ in the US as of publication time, unless otherwise noted. Availability can change at any time.

New dance movies and shows on Disney+ this year

Here’s a quick list of the newest dance movies and shows added to Disney+:

  1. The Barn Dance (1929)
  2. Dancing with the Stars, Season 32 (2023)
  3. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

The Barn Dance (1929)

Minnie is forced to choose between two possible dance partners: Mickey or Pete in this 1920s short film.

Dance Moms (2011-16)

Created by Abby Lee Miller, Dance Moms features the competitive world of dance.

The show features Miller’s dance students and their moms as they prepare for different dance competitions.

The creative dance routines, backstage drama, and mother-daughter dynamics will have you hooked in 8 counts or less.

Currently only seasons 1, 2, and 7 are available for streaming. Last checked October 10, 2023.

Dance Moms Miami (2012)

If you love Dance Moms, you should also check out Dance Moms Miami. This spin-off features a new set of moms and dancers from Miami, Florida.

With more sunshine and spicy salsa beats, this series is a great addition to your dance show watch list.

Dancing with the Stars (2022-ongoing)

Promotional poster for Dancing with the Stars on Disney+, with a disco-ball Mickey head at the top.

Dancing with the Stars is a show that needs no introduction.

This reality competition show pairs celebrities with professional dancers and challenges them to perform different dance styles each week.

From ballroom to Latin to contemporary, you will be dazzled by the costumes, music, and moves.

There’s even a Disney night where they dance to well-known songs from Disney movies!

This long running show moved to Disney+ in 2022 for season 31, but now appears on both ABC and Disney+ starting with season 32.

Only season 31 and the current season, 32, are available to stream.

Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances (2022)

Dancing with the Stars: The Pros’ Most Memorable Dances, brings back some of the most iconic performances of our favorite pros.

This 2022 special is hosted by Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Cheryl Burke, and Brandon Armstrong, all of whom have danced on the show in seasons past.

Fancy Nancy (2018-21)

If you’re a francophile who loves all things chic and fancy, then Disney’s Fancy Nancy is the perfect show for you!

This animated series follows the adventures of a precocious young girl named Nancy who just can’t get enough of all things Parisian, including dance.

With her unique sense of style and endless curiosity, Nancy takes viewers on a whimsical journey filled with fun, laughter, and a little bit of mischief.

From tea parties to school projects, there’s never a dull moment with Fancy Nancy around!

Fancy Nancy: Fancy it Yourself (2019)

In this spin-off, Fancy Nancy shows us how to glam up our lives in 3-minute shorts.

Gotta Kick it Up! (2002)

Gotta Kick it Up! is about a group of Latina girls who form a dance team at their school. They set an ambitious goal for a new team: to compete in the state championship.

With themes of identity, friendship, and empowerment, this movie showcases the power of dance to bring people together and uplift their spirits.

Hip Hop Nutcracker (2022)

Maria-Clara, played by Caché Melvin, and the Nutcracker, played by Fik-Shun Stegall, in Disney's The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
Disney / Ser Baffo

Hip Hop Nutcracker is a modern twist on the classic ballet, set in the diverse and colorful New York City.

With a cast of talented hip hop dancers, a DJ, and an electric violinist, this show mixes old and new, tradition and innovation, to create a fresh and exciting experience for all.

The movie features Rev Run, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Allison Holker-Boss, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Comfort Fedoke, Caché Melvin, Dushanut “Fik-Shun” Stegall, and the JabbaWockeeZ.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker is not currently available on Disney+ in the US. Last checked October 10, 2023.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is yet another stellar Disney dance movie based on the iconic Christmas-time ballet.

In this movie, we follow Clara (Mackenzie Foy) as she embarks on an adventure to find a key that will unlock a priceless gift from her late mother.

Along the way, she meets the charming Sugarplum Fairy (Keira Knightly) and the graceful Ballerina (Misty Copeland).

And let’s not forget the wise Drosselmeyer (Morgan Freeman) and the fierce Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren).

This film is a whirlwind of action, suspense, and stunning visuals that’ll leave you dancing in the aisles.

Shake it Up (2010-12)

Shake it Up is a Disney Channel original series featuring two best friends who star on a local dance show.

Follow Cece (Bella Thorne) and Rocky (Zendaya) as they navigate through teenage life with humor, friendship, and iconic dance routines.

Shook (2020)

Shook is a Disney series about a teen, Mia Brooks (Sofia Wylie), who dreams of becoming a professional dancer.

The show follows her as she balances watching her sister and helping her single mom while trying to achieve her dream.

With a diverse cast, modern themes, and catchy tunes, this show speaks to anyone with a passion for dance.

The Skeleton Dance (1929)

In this Silly Symphony short, a group of skeletons have a dance party in a graveyard.

Step into…the Movies with Derek & Julianne Hough (2022)

Step into…the Movies is a tv special hosted by Dancing with the Stars alum (and siblings!) Derek and Julianne Hough.

In this special, the hosts and other well-known entertainers, bring famous dance scenes to life, from Singin’ in the Rain to West Side Story.

Special guests include Charli D’Amelio, Ariana DeBose, Jenna Dewan, Kenny Ortega, Amber Riley, Harry Shum, Jr., John Stamos, and more.

With their talent, charm, and humor, this program is a perfect way to celebrate classic movies and dance.

Us Again (2021)

Us Again is a short film that showcases the power and beauty of dance set against a lively cityscape.

It tells the story of an older couple who rediscover the joys of dancing and reconnect with each other.

This short film from Pixar is a must-watch for all ages.

BONUS: Rennervations

In the first season of Rennervations, actor Jeremy Renner and his crew travel to Mexico to build a mobile dance studio for Casa Hogar after the organization lost their original studio.

The episode is titled “Mexico: Building a Mobile Dance Studio (ft. Sebastián Yatra),” and is the second episode in season 1.

Movies on Disney+ with dance sequences

In addition to the movies and shows listed above that heavily feature dance, here are a few of my favorites with lots of dance sequences, yet aren’t explicitly about dance.

  1. Hamilton (2020)
  2. High School Musical (2006)
  3. Newsies (1992)
  4. Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)
  5. West Side Story (2021)

The Park Pixie’s top picks

Here are my three favorite dance movies and shows on Disney+:

  1. Best musical: Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)
  2. Best short film: Us Again (2021)
  3. Best Disney Channel original movie: Gotta Kick it Up! (2002)

What are your favorite Disney dance movies or shows?

Whether you are a fan of ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, or broadway-style musicals, Disney Plus has plenty to offer.

From reality shows to documentaries to movies, you can find your dance fix and explore new styles, stories, and cultures.

So put on your dancing shoes, grab some popcorn, and let Disney+ take you on a dance adventure!

About the author

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Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.

She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami in Florida.

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This post was originally published June 11, 2023. It was last updated October 10, 2023.