Fun facts for teachers & students
1 According to Duane Lee Holland Jr., the first professor of hip-hop at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, what are the five styles of hip-hop dance?
a. Krumping, locking, waving, tutting, and top rock
b. Popping, locking, breaking, hip-hop, and house
c. Alternative, East Coast, urban, pop, and rockin’
d. Gangsta, boogaloo, uprock, spinning, and jookin
2 This spring, American Ballet Theatre artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky resurrected Richard Strauss’ long-forgotten ballet Whipped Cream, a bit of whimsy about a Viennese pastry shop. The 2017 ballet’s innocent-with-an-edge sets and costumes were designed by artist Mark Ryden, whose painting of a girl in a blond bob and “red” dress inspired what pop culture flashpoint?
a. The Hunger Games
b. Sia’s “Chandelier” video
c. Lady Gaga’s meat dress
d. La La Land
4 Match the stage names of these famous dancers (lowercase letters) to their real names (capital letters):
a. Melissa Hayden
b. Suzanne Farrell
c. Ninette de Valois
d. Allegra Kent
A. Edris Stannus
B. Mildred Herman
C. Iris Margo Cohen
D. Roberta Sue Ficker
6 Who was the first professional dancer to perform at the White House?
a. Swimming is prohibited due to a toxic waste spill.
b. Grey, who now owns the property, prohibits visitors.
c. The lake is a designated historical site.
d. The lake has gone dry.
7 Fashion designer Bradon McDonald, a former member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, is the go-to costumer for choreographer Jessica Lang. Many, though, know McDonald best from his appearance on what popular reality TV show?
a. Martha Graham
b. Loie Fuller
c. Martha Hill
d. Doris Humphrey
8 Two TV show judges got their start as part of the Fly Girls hip-hop dance crew on the irreverent sketch comedy show In Living Color. One is World of Dance creator/judge and megastar Jennifer Lopez. Who is the other?
b. So You Think You Can Dance
c. Project Runway
d. Shark Tank
a. Carrie Ann Inaba
b. Julianne Hough
c. Melanie “Mel B” Brown
d. Gwen Stefani