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5 Must-See Los Angeles Filming Locations for Dance Fans

Kristyn Burtt

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Los Angeles has a rich history when it comes to dance movies and TV shows. For any dance fan who ventures out to the West Coast, one of the greatest things to do is hit the famous sites where they were filmed.

As a dance journalist, who has covered the commercial dance scene in Los Angeles for a decade, we've compiled a fun list that will make your L.A. dance journey a trip to remember. From one dance fan to another, we hope you leap for joy over these suggestions!

1. 500 Days of Summer: Grand Park was the location of the iconic dance scene in the film, which showcases Downtown L.A. at its finest. Set to Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams," this Michael Rooney-choreographed piece will kick-off Los Angeles visit on the right note. From the beautiful fountain in the park to The Music Center across the street, don't miss a trip to see where the movie was filmed. Location: https://grandparkla.org

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2. Dancing With the Stars: If you are a fan of the long-running show, make sure to stop by The Grove, where many of the show's finales have been filmed. If DWTS is in season, you might even catch a glimpse of one of your favorite dance pros or a celebrity who is competing on the show. Television City, where DWTS and So You Think You Can Dance are filmed, is right next door. Location: https://thegrovela.com

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3. Grease: This movie musical is beloved by generations of dance fans because of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta's spirited performances. There are multiple locations throughout the city to visit but put Rydell High at the top of the priority list. Venice High School is the real location for the opening scene and the football stadium bleachers are where "Summer Nights" was filmed. It should make for a fun Instagram photo. Location: Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Venice

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4. Singin' In the Rain:This timeless classic film was mostly filmed on the MGM studio lot, but one particular location stands out — Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It's now the TCL Chinese Theatre and the ticket booth has moved, but the exterior remains in its architectural glory. Pro visitor tip: Go early in the morning to get an unobstructed photo of the theater, otherwise you will be stuck in a huge crowd of tourists. Location: http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com

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5. La La Land: No other modern film has captured L.A. in such a romantic way through dance than La La Land. You could do an entire day trip filled with filming locations, but this is one of our favorites. If you can only do one, make sure it's Griffith Park and the Observatory, where Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling had their sweet first dance, choreographed by Mandy Moore. (Not Mandy Moore the actress, Mandy Moore the choreographer!)The park bench is a crowded spot to take photos now, so just know that it won't be an isolated spot like it is in the film. Location: https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark

Which movie or TV show is your favorite on this list?

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Kristyn Burtt is a commercial dance journalist, TV host and producer. She was the West Coast correspondent and host of "To the Pointe" on Dance Network for five years. Her coverage of "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars" and "World of Dance" is popular with dance fans across the globe. Kristyn's love of dance began early in her life. She trained at the Boston Ballet School, danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in "The Nutcracker" and won a dance scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She currently serves on the American Dance Movement’s Marketing & PR Committee and is a member of the Television Academy and SAG-AFTRA.

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