Some say dance movies are silly and formulaic, filled with generic dialogue and unimaginative plot lines. Well, so what? Even fans of the genre will admit dance flicks can be cheesy, but that doesn't mean they lack the emotion, heart and moves that keep audiences coming back for more.

This Friday, "Step Up: Revolution," the fourth film in the "Step Up" series, continues that trend, with a movie that -- like its predecessors -- focuses on a conflict based on race, class and age (also, lots of dance moves, some of which you can watch here).

The "Step Up" franchise is just the latest in a long line of dance films -- a line that stretches all the way back to "Saturday Night Fever" (and when we say "dance films" we mean films about dance, not films that only include memorable dance scenes, like "Singin' in the Rain" or "Grease").

In tribute to dance movies both old and new, let's take a look back at the history of the genre, with 13 famous dance scenes.

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