Dance History Quiz | Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, Survivor

Fun facts for teachers & students

This Grammy-winning dancer, choreographer, and actress had to overcome plenty of obstacles on her way to fame: she was born three months premature (weighing 2.8 pounds), with collapsed lungs and a broken windpipe. At age 7 she began cleaning the bathrooms, floors, and mirrors at a dance studio in exchange for lessons her family couldn’t afford. In high school, she would pass out if she became breathless, and later had more than 15 cervical spinal surgeries to counter chronic pain from car and plane accidents, as well as a cheerleading injury. Who is she?

a. Paula Abdul
b. Gloria Estefan
c. Toni Basil
d. Madonna