It seems very unlikely that Flashdance director Adrian Lyne shot the film’s big on-stage dance number with any deeper thematic ideas other than the desire to provide steamy entertainment. When you’re working with an actress as nimble and sultry as Jennifer Beals, all one needs to do is point, shoot, and try not drop the camera and pass out.

How the scene culminates, though, feels a little symbolic to us. Watching Beals dance and grind all over the chair, it’s impossible not to sweat a bit, a direct result of the bodily heat caused by the sight of Beals doing work on said chair. So when the time the water comes crashing down on her stretched frame, the cool-down effect is felt in real-life. It’s on par with grabbing a cigarette after a round of bedroom exercise.