Dance History Quiz | Fly Girls and Judges

Fun facts for teachers & students


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?

a. Carrie Ann Inaba
b. Julianne Hough
c. Melanie “Mel B” Brown
d. Gwen Stefani

a. Carrie Ann Inaba

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Carrie Ann Inaba studied hula and other dance forms before winning Hawaii’s statewide “Search for Talent” competition at age 16, when she and a friend performed a self-choreographed duo. The rising star’s first career, though, was as a singer in Japan, where she released three singles while studying at a Jesuit university in Tokyo. After she relocated to California, a producer “discovered” her in a dance class at the Debbie Reynolds Studios and suggested her to a choreographer who was looking for dancers for a music video shoot. After her Fly Girl gig with In Living Color, she went on to perform with Madonna, Ricky Martin, and David Copperfield; in movies such as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; and on TV award shows such as the MTV Video Music Awards. She has served on the judging panel of Dancing With the Stars since the show’s inception in 2005. (Information courtesy IMDb.)