3D Dance Movies Give Audiences The Best Seat in the House

Posted on July 3, 2011


Thanks to modern technology, dance and film lovers around the world have a chance to see some of their favorite dancers live…almost. If you have seen a 3D movie, you know what I mean. The films make you feel like you’re standing in the room with all the drama and excitement. I was skeptical at first, but after having seen a few 3D movies in theaters, I am definitely in support!

Dance enthusiasts like myself know that this new technology is bound to change the way that dance films are perceived by the general public. Being that most of these films will be shown throughout the world, it is a sure bet that even those who are not dance obsessed will come to see 3D dance in theatres.

Over the past few years, there has been a heightened exploration of filming dance in 3D. I have put together a list of current and upcoming 3D dance films that fit within five genres of dance. Read more about them below and remember that I have not had a chance to see any of them so I cannot tell you if they are good or not. However, I would say to support the art of dance no matter what! Some of the following films have not yet come out in the U.S.:


  • Giselle: The 3D version of the classic ballet, Giselle, comes to theaters in America on July 12. The film stars Natalia Osipova and Leonid Sarafanov of the Marinsky Ballet at the Marinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Find International screening dates here and U.S. screening dates here.
  • Swan Lake: Matthew Bourne’s all male swan cast made its 3D debut on Sky 3D, a British 3D T.V. channel on June 26. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, the DVD is rumored to come out in the coming year. According to Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Facebook page, the release date is coming out in the next few months. Stay tuned!


  • Step Up 3D: This is one of the most well-known dance related 3D movies and unfortunately, it received mediocre reviews from critics. The film debut in theaters in 2010 and it can now be purchased on Amazon, at WalmartBest Buy, and other stores.

Irish dance:

  • Lord of the Dance: Since 1996, Michael Flatley’s irish folklore-based irish dance company has been touring the world. For one week only, Lord of the Dance 3D was shown to audiences around the world. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that there are any more showings scheduled but maybe that will change.

Modern dance:

  • Pina: I have been in love with Pina Bausch and her movement ever since I saw her speak live back in 2007. Unfortunately, Bausch passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2009 right before filming was supposed to begin. Director Wim Wenders decided to continue filming thanks to the support of the family and the international dance community. By the look of the film’s trailer, Pina is going to be spectacular. The movie has been released throughout various European countries and has appeared in several U.S. film festivals. However, after a lot of research, Pina is really hard to track down.

Musical Theater:

  • Glee Live: Even if you don’t get a chance to see Glee live on tour, you can still see the show in theaters when the 3D performance comes to U.S. theaters. The movie will be shown in theaters for a two week stint starting on August 12, 2011. More information on locations coming soon!
A mix of styles:
  • The War Zone 3D: As far as I can tell from the information given online, this independent film includes ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance. The film is in the process of being made so stay tuned for more info, or follow their blog for up to date information.
  • StreetDance: This British dance film was released in the UK in May 2010 and it features several contestants on Britain’s Got Talent. It is about a street dance crew who is allowed to use studio space at a ballet school on the condition that they include five ballet dancers in their hip-hop piece. You can purchase this film on Amazon.com.
Have you seen any of these 3D films? What did you think of them? Which are you most excited to see?

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