One can define “Dance” as the rhythmic movement of the body to the accompaniment of music. But that doesn’t mean you cannot dance without music.
It is true that dance is mostly associated with music, but it is also true that dance is a way of expressing your feelings that can’t be told otherwise.
Like a living being, dance has adapted itself according to the environment and culture it was surrounded with. That led to the origin of countless dance forms throughout the world.
Evolving through the history of mankind, dance is now one of the most popular ways of entertainment, be it in movies, reality shows, or even in anime. A few anime have molded dance in the story with their own perception of this art.
So, let’s begin with the list of top 10 dancing anime.
Brave Beats displays a robot’s journey of regaining back his power to dance.
Brave BeatsAir Date: October 11, 2015 Status: Finished Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 22
After losing the dance king’s challenge, a robot named Bureikin was thrown out of the dance world to the human world. Not only that, but the Dance Stone was taken away from him.
The Dance Stone provides dancing power to its owner. After making a sixth-grader named Hibiki Kazaguruma a friend in the human world, Bureikin has to find the Dance Stones around the earth to restore his powers with Hibiki’s help.
9Tribe Cool Crew
Tribe Cool Crew displays one’s passion and love for dance leading him to the world of street dancing.
Tribe Cool CrewAir Date: September 28, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Sunrise, Bandai Namco Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 50
With the dancing passion, Haneru Tobiatsu practices dancing every day at a hall just outside the school. Inspired by his idol Jey El, he wants to be like that someday.
Soon he was discovered by Kanon Otosaki, who is actually a famous online dancer named Rhythm.
After finding out about her being a dancer, he teams up with her, ultimately forming a dance group called “Tribe Cool Crew” with a few other dancers.
And thus begins their journey into the world of street dancing facing talented opponents.
8Wake Up, Girls!
Wake Up, Girls! shows us the struggle of a not so popular idol group to survive amid the crowded industry of idols.
Wake Up, Girls!Air Date: January 11, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Tatsunoko Production, Ordet No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 24
After performing their first-ever song as an Idol group, Wake up, Girls’ manager swindled away with that concert’s money.
Left with no future, the group of girls gets a second chance through a shady business proposal.
Not wanting to throw away that chance, they just grabbed it instead of it being shady. And thus began their struggle to rise as an Idol group among the already popular Idol groups.
Hanayamata is all about one’s love for dance that inspires others to join in on her journey of exploring dance.
HanayamataAir Date: July 8, 2014 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
Naru Sekiya is an average high school girl who wants to live the life of a princess.
But the reality is way harsher than she thinks, which she realizes when her dream for a colorful high school ends as nothing but a dull high school life.
But soon after coming across Hana, a transfer student from America, Naru’s life changes when she is asked to join a dancing club.
Hana’s interest in a type of dance called Yosakoi made her establish a Yosakoi club where Naru would be the first member if she agrees to join.
6Love Live! School Idol Project
Love Live! School Idol Project deals with a girl’s struggle to save her school from shutting down.
Love Live! School Idol ProjectAir Date: January 6, 2013 Status: Finished Studio: Sunrise No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 26
Otonokizaka is on the verge of shutting down as the number of enrolling students have hit absolute low.
To save the school from shutting down, Honoka Kousaka, a second-year student, wants to participate in the Love Live competition to determine the best school idol group in Japan.
Doing that will increase the school’s popularity, but Eli Ayase, the student council president, is against this idea and will do anything to stop this.
Fighting against such obstacles, Honoka and her friends are trying to save their school from shutting down.
5The [email protected]
The [email protected] deals with the problem of balancing your professional and personal life through the lives of idols.
765 Production Studio manages 13 professional idols to make their way to the top. But the path is not as easy as 961 Production is their rival in the race to be best.
While working hard on their performance, the girls have started to get detached from their families.
Struggling to maintain the balance between their personal and professional lives, the 13 girls try their best to support each other in this desperate situation.
Aikatsu Stars is about reinventing yourself at the crucial moments in your life.
Aikatsu Stars!Air Date: April 7, 2016 Status: Finished Studio: Bandai Namco Pictures No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 100
Four Stars Academy is the home of one of the most popular idol groups, S4. Joining there Yume Nijino is one step closer to her dream of the elite team of S4.
But the way to the top is not as easy as she thinks. While fainting at her first years’ opening performance, she was struggling to get together herself.
But after coming across her rival Rola Sakuraba, she finds something to hold onto on her way to the top. Thus begins her journey to become one of the members of S4.
IDOLiSH7 is about a girl’s journey on managing a rising idol group to climb the stairs to the top.
IDOLiSH7Air Date: January 7, 2018 Status: Upcoming Season 3 Studio: TROYCA No. of Seasons: 12 No. of Episodes: 32
After joining her father’s production company, Tsumugi Takanashi was unexpectedly made the idol group manager of seven boys.
Later on the same day, she was given the task to cut down the number of boys in the group to 3 as the most popular idol group has the same number of members.
But after seeing them perform, Tsumugi tells her father that no one will be cut off as they have their own unique charm. And from then on, starts the journey of this idol group known as IDOLiSH7.
Princess Tutu is a joyful dancing anime with all-around entertainment.
Princess TutuAir Date: August 16, 2002 Status: Finished Studio: Hal Film Maker No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 38
Ahiru is a duck who is transformed into a human girl by a mysterious Drosselmeyer. Soon she finds out that her reason for existence is to make people happy.
The egg-shaped pendant transfers Ahiru into a ballet dancer known as Princess Tutu, who helps people get rid of their sadness with her dance.
And soon, she takes up challenges to find the broken pieces of a Prince’s heart, which he did to seal away an evil raven.
1Welcome to the Ballroom
Welcome to the Ballroom is the best-animated dancing anime ever.
Welcome to the BallroomAir Date: July 9, 2017 Status: Finished Studio: Production I.G No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
Tatara Fujita is a middle schooler who has no plans for what he will do in the future. One day while walking home, Tatara was bullied by a group of students.
Luckily, he was saved by Kaname Sengoku, who dragged him inside a dance studio, mistaking him as a candidate for a dance trial.
But soon, Tatara finds himself fascinated by the whole idea of dancing, and soon the desire for dancing grows within.
Inspired by Kaname Sengoku, a well-known dancer across the world who is also his mentor, Tatara begins his new journey in the world of competitive dance.