Celebrate FLASHDANCE’s 35th Anniversary With A Look At Its Influence Across Pop Culture

That FLASHDANCE really got around.

She’s just a steel town girl on a Saturday night…who somehow managed to inspire a lifetime’s worth of tributes and parodies. When Flashdance debuted in 1983, I doubt they could have imagined the impact it would have on dancers, music videos, and leg warmers. The film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song (yes, really) and be nominated for a Razzie in the same year. Whether it’s the catchy music, passionate choreography, or just total unashamed nature of the film, Flashdance has danced its way into a special place in the cultural zeitgeist.

Happy 35th anniversary Flashdance, you maniac: