Dance History Quiz | The Famous Dirty Dancing Lift

Fun facts for teachers & students



This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, the beloved movie about a teenage girl who learns to love (and do a mean mambo) at a fading Catskills resort during the summer of ’63. Unfortunately, during this year’s celebration, fans won’t be able to recreate one of the movie’s most iconic scenes—when Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny (Patrick Swayze) practice an overhead lift—in Virginia’s Mountain Lake, where the scene was filmed. Why not?

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.