Tomorrow, Step Up 3D, the third installment of the great dance-movie franchise, arrives in theaters. Step Up's major accomplishment has been to take the best parts of the dance-movie genre (which are the best parts of the sports-movie genre — natural arc, built-in plot, drama, intensity — plus sex, lots of sex, in forms that include sexual tension, sex itself, and, of course, dancing, which is sex with your clothes on (unless you are Patrick Swayze, in which case dancing is sex with only some of your clothes on), and consistently add riveting, top-notch dancing. (Excellent dancing is not a dance-movie requirement, as Julia Stiles performance in Save the Last Dance exists to prove.) Nowhere is the high quality of movement in the Step Up series as evident as it is in its soaking-wet dance scenes, one of which was the climax of Step Up 2: The Streets, and another of which appears in the upcoming film. Of course, Step Up isn't the first movie to contain a sopping boogie: On the occasion of the film, please enjoy a slideshow of great moments in dancing while wet.
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016
Prince’s Friends Fondly Remember All the Times He Expertly Insulted Everyone From Madonna to Eddie Murphy
The Highs and Lows of Hairspray Live!
When Did Billy Eichner Become a Total Hunk?
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season-Premiere Recap: Studio Fifty Bore
How Do You Direct a Sex Scene? 10 Directors Tell Their Secrets
What’s New on Netflix: December 2016
Xavier Dolan on Blink-182, Bottoming, and Being the World’s Biggest Kate Winslet Fan
The Best Westworld Fan Theories, Post-Finale
A Non-Judgmental Guide to All the Questions You Might Have About Rogue One
Latest News from VultureTumblr Teens, It's Time to Scream: Norwegian Sensation Skam Is Getting an American Adaptation
The show has an engrossing real-time format.Seth Meyers Takes a Closer Look at the Carrier Deal and the Secret to Making Trump Keep His Word
Convenient how you can't keep a promise that you don't remember making.Michael Keaton's Vulture Looks Horrifying, and Other Things We Learned from the Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer
Robert Downey Jr.'s facial hair is also horrifying!Wesley Snipes Is Writing a Supernatural Novel Called Talon of God
About an apocalyptic battle and the spirit warriors who fight the good fight.Watch the First Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer, And When You're Done With That, Watch the Second One
Look at widdle Peter.The Secret's Out: J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only Is Here
His follow-up to 2014 Forest Hills Drive.Taylor Swift and Zayn Go Fifty Shades Darker With New Single
The dream team.John Cena Is Every SNL Character, Bit, and Punchline You've Ever Loved in New Promo
He's John Cena!Kanye West Resurfaces at Art Installation in Wake of Hospitalization
His first public appearance since being released.The Defiant Ones, A Docuseries About Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Is Coming to HBO
Focusing on their "unbreakable bond of trust and friendship."
Let's hope this isn't the end of Pitch.Theater Review: The Shaggy Excellence of The Band’s Visit
A polar opposite (in excellence) of Dear Evan Hansen.Donald Trump Will Keep His Celebrity Apprentice Executive Producer Credit
The show returns with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger in January.American Film Institute Names Its Favorite Films and TV of 2016, Gives O.J.: Made in America a Special Honor
Zootopia and The Night Of made the institute's short lists.Not Even Oscar-Winning Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Can Convince Trump to Care About Climate Change
Best-case scenario: Leo saves the planet. Worst-case scenario: Trump develops a taste for newsboy caps; nothing else changes.How an America’s Next Top Model Contestant Unwittingly Ended Up on Westworld
But what could it mean?Take Our Game of Thrones Quiz and Win a Song of Ice and Fire Box Set
M'athchomaroon, Game of Thrones superfans!Good Girls Revolt Star on the Show’s Cancellation: ‘It Doesn’t Make Any Sense’
"I've been on canceled shows before. This one didn't make any sense."Now That We’re Governed by Contagions, At the Drive-In Have Finally Decided to Return With a New Song
They apparently have an album coming, too.Which New TV Shows Will Get Surprise Golden Globe Nominations?
Will the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominate Stranger Things? Let’s see what the blinking Christmas lights have to say…