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This image released by Lionsgate shows a dance scene from the Oscar-nominated film, "La La Land." It's not easy to stage a successful dance scene for the cameras, especially on a highway interchange, but when such a scene works, it can be memorable. (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP)

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Dance scenes in movies can be tricky, but sometimes magical

Oscar front-runner “La La Land” opens with a bang, or should we say a burst — of leaps and pirouettes, not to mention bicycles sashaying along the roofs of automobiles. It’s not easy to stage a successful dance scene for the cameras — especially on a highway interchange — but when such a scene works, it can be memorable.

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