The Best Dance Films Quiz

By: Alison Cooper

The Best Dance Films Quiz
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About This Quiz

Dance films have changed pretty drastically from the cinematic musicals of the '40s and '50s, but they're still a big draw. Waltz on in, and test your knowledge of the best dance movies out there.
How many dance movies did Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers make together?
five
10
Astaire and Rogers starred in 10 movies together between 1933 and 1949.
15

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What was the first movie that Astaire and Rogers made together?
"Follow the Fleet"
"Roberta"
"Flying Down to Rio"
The first was 1933's "Flying Down to Rio," starring Dolores del Rio.

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In which movie does Fred Astaire dance on the ceiling?
"Royal Wedding"
Astaire's famous number is in "Royal Wedding," in which he starred with Jane Powell.
"Top Hat"
"The Gay Divorcee"

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Which Gene Kelly movie features a 16-minute ballet sequence?
"Anchors Aweigh"
"Summer Stock"
"An American in Paris"
The elaborate ballet scene in "An American in Paris" cost a reported $500,000 to film.

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Who plays Gene Kelly's love interest in "Singin' in the Rain"?
Debbie Reynolds
Don (Kelly) and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) finally kiss at the very end of the film.
Shirley MacLaine
Grace Kelly

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What were the rival gangs in "West Side Story"?
Lions and Tigers
Jets and Sharks
The Jets were white and the Sharks were Puerto Rican in the classic 1961 film.
Hot Rods and T-Birds

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Which dance was performed in the climactic gym scene in "West Side Story"?
the mambo
The big dance was a mambo.
the pachanga
the cha-cha

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What's the name of the high school in "Grease"?
Mount Pleasant
Glenwood
Rydell
Danny, Sandy and the rest of the gang went to Rydell High.

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What dance is featured in the dance contest scene in "Grease"?
the hand jive
The contestants dance to the song "Born to Hand Jive."
the twist
the watusi

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What's the day job of aspiring disco-dancer Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever"?
paint store clerk
Tony is miserable at his paint store job.
plumber's apprentice
van driver

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What's the name of the disco where Tony dances in "Saturday Night Fever"?
Futurama
Space Haven
2001 Odyssey
Tony is in his element at 2001 Odyssey.

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What's the name of the Broadway show in which Tony stars in the "Saturday Night Fever" sequel, "Staying Alive"?
"Lucifer's Way"
"Devil's Due"
"Satan's Alley"
Tony brings down the house with his improvised moves in "Satan's Alley."

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Irene Cara performed the theme song to "Fame" and also starred in it. Which role did she play?
Coco
Cara got a Golden Globe nomination for her work as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 movie.
Leslie
Doris

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What was the name of the "Fame" school?
High School of Dance and the Arts
Manhattan School of the Arts
New York School for Performing Arts
It was called the New York School for Performing Arts in the movie, but it was based on the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

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Who's the main character in "Flashdance," and what's her dream job?
Chris Martin, fashion designer
Alex Owens, ballerina
Alexandra "Alex" Owens is the heroine.
Debbie Grant, stripper

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The two main break-dancers in 1984's "Breakin'" are Ozone and …
Psycho
Carbo
Turbo
Ozone and Turbo take Special K under their wings and show her the ropes of the break dancing world.

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Who's the main character in "Footloose"?
Ren McCormack
Kevin Bacon played Ren, the outsider who dances his way in.
Steve Holt
Brock Stanwell

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Who performs the "Footloose" theme song?
Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins, the king of '80s movie themes, does the honors for "Footloose."
Tom Petty
Steve Miller

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Which ballet legend starred with Gregory Hines in the 1985 dance film "White Nights"?
Paloma Herrera
Mikhail Baryshnikov
It probably wasn't a huge stretch for Hines and Baryshnikov to play an American tap dancer and Russian ballet dancer.
Rudolf Nureyev

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What's the opening song in "Dirty Dancing"?
"Hey Baby"
"Be My Baby"
As the opening credits roll, we hear the Ronettes' "Be My Baby."
"Where Are You Tonight?"

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What's the name of the resort where Baby and her family stay in "Dirty Dancing"?
Kellerman's
"At Kellerman's, the friendships last long as the mountains stand."
Wilderman's
Pressman's

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What's the titular "Forbidden Dance" in the 1990 dance flick?
the macarena
the tango
the lambada
Coincidentally (or not?) "The Forbidden Dance" opened on the same day as "Lambada."

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This British dance movie was an unexpected hit in 1997.
"Billy Elliot"
"The Full Monty"
"The Full Monty" was a major hit with critics and audiences alike.
"Strictly Ballroom"

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What kind of dancing was featured in "The Full Monty"?
ballet
tap
striptease
"The Full Monty" is a middle-aged male striptease flick.

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What is the occupation of Billy's father in "Billy Elliot"?
janitor
chimney sweep
coal miner
In the 2000 film, Billy's coal-miner dad is mortified that his son wants to pursue ballet.

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What type of dance is featured in 2000's "Center Stage"?
ballet
"Center Stage" centers on the tough competition at a ballet school.
tap
striptease

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Channing Tatum had one of his first starring turns in this 2006 dance flick.
"Take the Lead"
"Save the Last Dance"
"Step Up"
Tatum played the rebellious dancer Tyler Gage in "Step Up."

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Channing Tatum performed a memorable dance solo to this song in 2012's "Magic Mike."
"No Diggity"
"Pony"
The song in question is "Pony" by Ginuwine.
"C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)"

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Who plays the rival to Natalie Portman's prima ballerina in "Black Swan"?
Winona Ryder
Rachel Bilson
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is Lily, the potential black swan to Portman's white swan.

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As of summer 2016, how many sequels has "Step Up" spawned?
three
four
It has spawned four: "Step Up 2: The Streets," "Step Up 3D," "Step Up Revolution" and "Step Up: All In"
five

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You Got:
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