White men can dance: A look at actors who have the moves

Posted on Feb 17 2016 - 7:03pm by
Channing Tatum showed off his dancing - and stripping - skills in the film "Magic Mike."Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture

Channing Tatum showed off his dancing – and stripping – skills in the film “Magic Mike.”

There’s a time to laugh and a time to weep. A time to mourn… and there is a time for white men to dance.

The stereotype that white people can’t dance has been around since the beginning of time, but Kevin Bacon broke away from that idea in his classic role as Ren McCormack in the 1984 film “Footloose” — which debuted 32 years ago on Feb. 17.

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Kevin Bacon is remembered for his role in the 1984 film “Footloose.”

He wasn’t the first to prove he’s got the moves and plenty of others have proved it since.

Here are some white men who CAN dance:

Patrick Swayze

Another classic film, “Dirty Dancing,” was released in 1987 and featured a young Swayze who portrays a dance instruction at a resort in the Caskills.

He falls in love with one of his students and the two team up to put on big routine for the end of summer.

Channing Tatum

“The law says you cannot touch!”

Channing Tatum is also good at a different kind of dirty dancing. He played a stripper in the film “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXX,” but has been attributed with great dancing skills before.

Most recently, he performed a memorable choreographed tap dancing scene in the Coen brothers’ latest film “Hail, Caesar!”

Christopher Walken

It’s hard to keep track of all Christopher Walken’s roles considering the actor has been in more than 100 movies over a 50-year span.

But some of them include singing and dancing, which he is particularly good at it.

His original career choice was actually a dancer and he studied dance from an early age. In 2001, he won a MTV Video Music Award for choreographing his moves in Fatboy Slim’s music video “Weapon of Choice.”

Neil Patrick Harris

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Actor Neil Patrick Harris performs on stage at the 67th Annual Tony Awards in 2013.

Harris may be well-known for his roles as Doogie Howser, M.D. and Barney Stinson, but the actor also appeared in musicals on Broadway.

He performed several flawless singing and dancing appearances at award shows such as the Oscars, People Choice Awards, Emmys and the Tony awards.

Harris also appeared on the reality series “Dancing with the Stars.”

John Travolta

He should be dancing.

John Travolta has showed his moves in countless films, most notably Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

In Saturday Night Fever, Travolta shows off his disco skills on the dance floor to the Bee Gee’s “You Should Be Dancing.” He also throws off his thrusting skills in the choreographed “Grease Lightning” scene in a high school auto body shop during “Grease.”

More of his moves are featured in the films “Pulp Fiction,” “Hairspray” (alongside Christopher Walken) and “Urban Cowboy.”

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