The Best Dance Films Quiz
By: Alison Cooper
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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?
Astaire and Rogers starred in 10 movies together between 1933 and 1949.
What was the first movie that Astaire and Rogers made together?
The first was 1933's "Flying Down to Rio," starring Dolores del Rio.
In which movie does Fred Astaire dance on the ceiling?
Astaire's famous number is in "Royal Wedding," in which he starred with Jane Powell.
Which Gene Kelly movie features a 16-minute ballet sequence?
The elaborate ballet scene in "An American in Paris" cost a reported $500,000 to film.
Who plays Gene Kelly's love interest in "Singin' in the Rain"?
Don (Kelly) and Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) finally kiss at the very end of the film.
What were the rival gangs in "West Side Story"?
The Jets were white and the Sharks were Puerto Rican in the classic 1961 film.
Which dance was performed in the climactic gym scene in "West Side Story"?
The big dance was a mambo.
What's the name of the high school in "Grease"?
Danny, Sandy and the rest of the gang went to Rydell High.
What dance is featured in the dance contest scene in "Grease"?
The contestants dance to the song "Born to Hand Jive."
What's the day job of aspiring disco-dancer Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever"?
Tony is miserable at his paint store job.
What's the name of the disco where Tony dances in "Saturday Night Fever"?
Tony is in his element at 2001 Odyssey.
What's the name of the Broadway show in which Tony stars in the "Saturday Night Fever" sequel, "Staying Alive"?
Tony brings down the house with his improvised moves in "Satan's Alley."
Irene Cara performed the theme song to "Fame" and also starred in it. Which role did she play?
Cara got a Golden Globe nomination for her work as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 movie.
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.
Who's the main character in "Flashdance," and what's her dream job?
Chris Martin, fashion designer
Alexandra "Alex" Owens is the heroine.
The two main break-dancers in 1984's "Breakin'" are Ozone and …
Ozone and Turbo take Special K under their wings and show her the ropes of the break dancing world.
Who's the main character in "Footloose"?
Kevin Bacon played Ren, the outsider who dances his way in.
Who performs the "Footloose" theme song?
Kenny Loggins, the king of '80s movie themes, does the honors for "Footloose."
Which ballet legend starred with Gregory Hines in the 1985 dance film "White Nights"?
It probably wasn't a huge stretch for Hines and Baryshnikov to play an American tap dancer and Russian ballet dancer.
What's the opening song in "Dirty Dancing"?
As the opening credits roll, we hear the Ronettes' "Be My Baby."
What's the name of the resort where Baby and her family stay in "Dirty Dancing"?
"At Kellerman's, the friendships last long as the mountains stand."
What's the titular "Forbidden Dance" in the 1990 dance flick?
Coincidentally (or not?) "The Forbidden Dance" opened on the same day as "Lambada."
This British dance movie was an unexpected hit in 1997.
"The Full Monty" was a major hit with critics and audiences alike.
What kind of dancing was featured in "The Full Monty"?
"The Full Monty" is a middle-aged male striptease flick.
What is the occupation of Billy's father in "Billy Elliot"?
In the 2000 film, Billy's coal-miner dad is mortified that his son wants to pursue ballet.
What type of dance is featured in 2000's "Center Stage"?
"Center Stage" centers on the tough competition at a ballet school.
Channing Tatum had one of his first starring turns in this 2006 dance flick.
Tatum played the rebellious dancer Tyler Gage in "Step Up."
Channing Tatum performed a memorable dance solo to this song in 2012's "Magic Mike."
The song in question is "Pony" by Ginuwine.
"C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)"
Who plays the rival to Natalie Portman's prima ballerina in "Black Swan"?
Mila Kunis is Lily, the potential black swan to Portman's white swan.
As of summer 2016, how many sequels has "Step Up" spawned?
It has spawned four: "Step Up 2: The Streets," "Step Up 3D," "Step Up Revolution" and "Step Up: All In"