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Top 10 Most Romantic Disney Dance Scenes

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Script written by Nick Spake. The Mouse House never fails to sweep us off our feet. In this video, MsMojo counts down our picks for the Top 10 Most Romantic Disney Dance Scenes. For this list, we’re taking a look at the dreamiest dances between Disney couples. It doesn’t matter if these scenes are animated, live-action or Disney via Pixar, as long as they make the audience feel all lovey-dovey inside. Special thanks to Juliet Wang and mac121mr0 for submitting this idea on our interactive suggestion tool at

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Script written by Nick Spake.

Top 10 Most Romantic Disney Dance Scenes

The Mouse House never fails to sweep us off our feet. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Most Romantic Disney Dance Scenes.

For this list, we’re taking a look at the dreamiest dances between Disney couples. It doesn’t matter if these scenes are animated, live-action or Disney via Pixar, as long as they make the audience feel all lovey-dovey inside.

#10: Sea Legs
“The Little Mermaid” (1989)

When the Little Mermaid exchanges her voice and fins for a pair of legs, she literally becomes a fish out of water. Although she gets off to a shaky start, the wide-eyed Ariel eventually proves to be quite good on her feet. Taking a tour of the kingdom, she makes a splash on the dance floor with Prince Eric. Their dance might be brief, but it brings the former mermaid one step closer to being part of her prince’s world. This scene was expanded upon in the Broadway adaptation of “The Little Mermaid,” demonstrating that a dance is like a conversation without words.

#9: Kingdom Dance
“Tangled” (2010)

Having spent years in a lonely, boring tower, Rapunzel is totally blown away when she visits the bustling, exciting kingdom. Our longhaired heroine is so ecstatic to be out and about that she can’t resist the temptation to dance. Her infectious spirit quickly attracts the entire kingdom, including Flynn Rider. As Flynn stated earlier, he doesn’t sing and it’s safe to say he doesn’t dance either. After seeing how much fun Rapunzel is having, though, his cynicism melts away. Since the dance is so crowded, our leads have a hard time coming together. As the music continues to build, however, they finally end up in each other’s arms. Energetic, stirring, and beautifully animated, this scene is like dancing on sunshine.

#8: Ma Belle Evangeline
“The Princess and the Frog” (2009)

In addition to revisiting traditional animation, “The Princess and the Frog” also marked Disney’s first fully animated musical in several years. Of course what is music without a little dance? On a quest to reverse the curse that turned them into frogs, Tiana and Prince Naveen take a break under the sparkling night sky. Being a workaholic, Tiana could never find the time to learn how to dance. With Naveen as her partner, though, she doesn’t slip up. Leaping from lily pad to lily pad, their dance comes complete with a gorgeous environment and a sincere love ballad. This lovely scene took us all back to Disney’s glory days, filling the audience with the sentiment of romance and nostalgia.

#7: Love Is an Open Door
“Frozen” (2013)

Following an uncomfortable dance with the slimy Duke of Weselton, Princess Anna shares a good laugh with the newly crowned Queen Elsa. The two briefly reconnect, but Elsa ultimately gives her sister the cold shoulder. As Anna is driven away, she finds herself growing closer to the charming Prince Hans. Singing an infectious Disney love song, the couple find themselves dancing through the night. Hans concludes the evening with a proposal, which Anna eagerly accepts. Although her decision might be crazy, the audience can identify with Anna’s impulsive behavior. Having been shunned for years, it makes sense that she would be enamored after just one dance. Throughout her journey, however, Anna comes to realize what true love really means.

#6: Spanish Buzz
“Toy Story 3” (2010)

After the gang accidentally switches Buzz Lightyear to Spanish mode, he begins to act less like a space ranger and more like a telenovela star. Buzz eventually snaps out of it, but there’s still a little Spaniard left in him. When Jessie plays the Spanish version of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” Buzz’s feet begin to take over. Unable to control himself, he decides to just go with the flow. To choreograph this paso doble dance, the filmmakers turned to Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani of “Dancing with the Stars.” The final product was not only romantic, but also one of the comedic highlights from “Toy Story 3.” What more can be said accept, “Hay un amigo en mí.”

#5: Define Dancing
“WALL-E” (2008)

As the world’s biggest fan of “Hello, Dolly,” WALL-E has developed a fondness for music and dance. This little robot wants nothing more than to join hands with a dance partner. WALL-E gets his wish upon encountering a robot named EVE, who he follows beyond the stars. In perhaps the film’s most beautiful moment, our artificial lovers come together in outer space. Soaring around the Axiom, the two robots not only defy gravity, but also define dancing. Their speed and rhythm match harmoniously with Thomas Newman’s musical score, which captures the majesty of our universe and the sensation of falling in love. Using little dialogue, “WALL-E” primarily tells its story through body – or should we say, robot - language. This uplifting scene is a key example.

#4: So Close
"Enchanted” (2007)

“Enchanted” starts out as a parody of Disney fairytales. As Giselle and Robert begin to discover their true feelings for each other, however, this satire turns into a genuine love story. Their storybook romance reaches a crucial moment at the King and Queen's Costume Ball where Robert asks the fair maiden for a dance. Jon McLaughlin sets the mood with a ballad that’s as romantic as it is haunting. Holding each other, these two very different individuals come together in perfect harmony. As much as they would love to dance all night, their waltz is ultimately cut short when reality sets back in. In a heartbeat, Giselle and Robert go from being closer than ever to being torn apart.

#3: So This Is Love
“Cinderella” (1950)

When people think of fairytale magic, Cinderella’s enchanted evening at the ball immediately comes to mind. Although the castle ballroom is packed with eligible maidens, Prince Charming only has eyes for one girl. Catching a glimpse of Cinderella, the prince makes his way to the mysterious stranger and asks for a dance. In this captivating moment, it’s as if these lovebirds are the only two people in the world. Their dance encompasses everything Cinderella’s heart has ever desired. Kenneth Branagh would put a unique spin on this iconic dance in his own adaptation 65 years later, yet it’s the animated classic that really makes us wish midnight would never come.

#2: Once Upon a Dream
“Sleeping Beauty” (1959)

Much like Cinderella, the isolated Princess Aurora spends much of her life longing for true love. Her woodland friends do their best to bring Aurora’s fantasy to life, donning Prince Phillip’s cape, hat, and boots. In the blink of an eye, though, Aurora comes face to face with the real deal. Dancing across a gorgeously drawn forest backdrop, the prince and princess become lost in each other’s arms. Their dance practically sends the audience into a dreamlike trance, which is appropriate given this film’s title. Speaking of which, Sleeping Beauty’s dreams come true in the final act, as our lovers share another rousing dance. Whether you prefer Aurora in pink or blue, it’s the definition of happily ever after.

No honorable mentions this time around.

#1: Tale as Old as Time
“Beauty and the Beast” (1991)

Unlike some other Disney couples, Belle and the Beast don’t experience love at first sight. This allows their relationship to grow over time, building up to a pivotal moment in a gold ballroom. This dance is a testament to how far our heroes have come, as the Beast learns to better himself and Belle discovers the beauty behind his exterior. With a chandelier shimmering up above, the audience is given a bird's-eye view of their breathtaking waltz. The imagery is masterfully complemented by the film’s title song, which will speak to any couple that’s had to overcome great barriers. It’s a scene that epitomizes the power of animation, song, and of course dance, never missing a single step.

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