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Dances and Dancers

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  1. This 'avian' round dance is almost always performed to ragtime.

    Turkey trot

  2. The American choreographer Kenny Ortega is known for directing the High School Musical trilogy and this Michael Jackson's last tour.

    This Is It

  3. Dance sung about by Chubby Checker.

    The Twist

  4. This 'Fancy Free' choreographer won the Oscar for Best Director with Robert Wise for West Side Story.

    Jerome Robbins

  5. Dance of Spain that means 'foolishness' - also a popular website that sells movie tickets.


  6. Dance associated with Andalusia in Spain.


  7. The name of this French folk dance is from the Provencal for 'mountain dweller'; in a song from My Fair Lady, the name follows the word 'Ascot.'


  8. This American lady didn't direct The Ten Commandments but is best known for her ballet Rodeo.

    Agnes de Mille

  9. This legendary choreographer was married to Maria Tallchief and was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    George Balanchine

  10. This African-American choreographer is best known for Revelations.

    Alvin Ailey

  11. Regarded as a 'forbidden dance', this Brazilian dance is typically performed with the stomachs touching.


  12. 4-letter circle dance that originated in the Balkans and is now a national dance in Israel.


  13. This energetic dance is named for for the town of Taranto in Italy.


  14. A mother of modern dance who believed in free-flowing and natural movements based on classical Greek art; death in scarf incident in 1927.

    Isadora Duncan

  15. The 2-step Spanish dance Pasodoble is associated with this pastime.


  16. Native American prima ballerina, known for her roles in The Firebird and The Nutcracker; married to Balanchine.

    Maria Tallchief

  17. This Brazilian dance of the 60s that combined samba & jazz means 'new trend.'

    Bossa nova

  18. African-American exotic dancer who achieved fame in the 1930s; 'Jazz Cleopatra'; danced in a skirt made of bananas.

    Josephine Baker

  19. This 'city' dance most frequently associated with white flappers and the speakeasy.


  20. The ballet Swan Lake tells her story.


  21. Cuban carnival march though it sounds African - three shuffle steps on the beat, followed by a kick that is slightly ahead of the fourth beat.

    Conga line

  22. Nickname of Bill Robinson, known for his tap dancing.


  23. As its name suggests, this French dance is for 4 couples; in In Alice in Wonderland, it is paired with a lobster.


  24. This American known for his highly imaginative modern ballets was born Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan.

    Robert Joffrey

  25. A Mesoamerican ceremony called Danza de los Voladores involving five people on a pole with four of them suspended from ropes and moving translates as this.

    Dance of the Flyers

  26. Tchaikovsky's 3 ballets.

    The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake

  27. The fairy who rules the Kingdom of Sweets in The Nutcracker.

    The Sugarplum Fairy

  28. Irish step-dancing show choreographed by Michael Flatley.


  29. While in Paris with the Kirov Ballet, this legendary Russian requested asylum in France in 1961.

    Rudolf Nureyev

  30. Poland's national anthem is in the style of this dance; Chopin wrote a lot of them.


  31. In 1998 Time named her 'Dancer of the Century.'

    Martha Graham

  32. Street dance that is characterized by exaggerated and highly energetic movement involving the arms, head, legs, chest, and feet. K for?


  33. The name of this court dance, popularized at Louis XIV's Court is from the French for 'small'; often the third movement in symphonies.


  34. Savion Glover's Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk features this dance.


  35. Is this Bohemian dance performed in round spots?


  36. The tragic 1841 ballet has been called the Hamlet of the ballet world; It tells the story of a peasant girl named ___ whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits called the Wilis.


  37. Debutante ball - from the French for petticoat.


  38. Sensuous hip swinging Hawaiian dance - what, you need more?


  39. Better known name of Jarabie Tapatio.

    Mexican Hat Dance

  40. Dance involving putting the hands together in the form of fists and moving them in a horizontal, circular motion - name comes from a line of dolls.

    Cabbage patch dance

  41. This Spanish dance shares its name with a jacket that is waist-length & collarless.


  42. Known for his elaborate musical production numbers that involved complex geometric kaleidoscopic patterns; used legions of showgirls and props .

    Busby Berkeley

  43. The name of this Brazilian dance style means 'to rub navels together.'


  44. The dancer moves to a Caribbean rhythm, then leans backward and dances under a horizontal pole without touching it. Upon touching it or falling backwards, the dancer is 'out' in this neither here nor there dance.


  45. Traditional African American form of music and dance which originated among slaves in the Southern United States - now means a task done very easily.


  46. This African American dance that evolved in the 1920s is based on Charleston and is named for a famous Atlantic crossing of the same time period.

    The Lindy Hop

  47. Mayim, which means 'water' in Hebrew is a folk dance of this country.


  48. Legendary Russian ballet dancer known for his gravity-defying leaps.


  49. Legendary Russian prima ballerina known for The Dying Swan.

    Anna Pavlova

  50. Dance instructor and businessman, whose name is most often associated with the dance studio chain that bears his name.

    Arthur Murray

  51. The name of this English folk dance is an alteration of 'moorish.'

    Morris dance

  52. Mariinsky is the current name of this renowned ballet company.


  53. Wham's hit "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" mentions this swing dance of the 1930s & '40s.


  54. Carlos Gardel is the most prominent figure in the history.


  55. The Galop from Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld is the tune most associated with this high-kicking, skirt-manipulating suggestive dance.


  56. This British dame was the famed partner of Rudolf Nureyev.

    Margot Fonteyn

  57. The name of this dance of Cuban origin is an onomatopoeia from the rhythm of the güiro instrument and the shuffling of the dancers' feet.


  58. 1890 fairy tale ballet - Princess Aurora, spinning-wheel spindle, a kissing prince.

    Sleeping Beauty

  59. The Haka dance is famously performed by the All Blacks rugby team of this country.

    New Zealand

  60. A little girl Clara is the main character in this all-time favorite ballet of Tchaikovsky that is set in the Kingdom of Sweets; 'Waltz of the Snowflakes.'

    The Nutcracker

  61. Hurry - this is a catchall name for several disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music.

    The Hustle

  62. This ballet with music by Stravinsky tells the story of a sex-starved clown puppet who dies & becomes a ghost.


  63. Nijinsky and Nureyev and he are considered the greatest ballet dancers of the 20th century; Defected to Canada in 1974.

    Mikhail Baryshnikov

  64. Signature performers at Radio City Music Hall in New York; every December they perform at 'Lighting of the Christmas Tree' ceremony at Rockefeller center.

    The Rockettes

  65. Russian art patron and founder of the Ballets Russes, which is regarded as the greatest ballet company of the 20th century.

    Sergei Diaghilev

  66. Dance whose moves resemble those of sailors.


  67. Husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century credited with 'fortifying' the popularity of modern dancing; the '___ Walk' dance was played by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers on film.

    Vernon and Irene Castle