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Poll: Dancing "From" the Stars

These dances, routines and choreographies all have a thing in common: they were originated from movies and/or TV shows, generally the actor or actress who was asked to perform them or improvise. In some cases, the film it's most associated with isn't the original source of inspiration but nevertheless, we all owe these unforgettable steps and moves to the big and little screen.

Which of these 12 dances "from the stars" have you performed the most or (if you haven't) would you love to perform?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

Make Your Choice

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    Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates in Zorba the Greek (1964)

    The Syrtaki: Anthony Quinn (Alexis Zorba) had a broken foot during filming, and thus couldn't perform the dance on the beach as scripted, which called for much leaping around. The dance is called "syrtaki", and contains elements from various traditional Greek dances. It was created especially for this movie.
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    Uma Thurman and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994)

    The twist contest dance that Vince (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) perform at Jack Rabbit Slims was copied, movement by movement, from the dance performed early in Fellini's classic 8½ (1963) by Gloria Morin (Barbara Steele) and Mario Mezzabotta (Mario Pisu).
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    Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

    Alfonso Ribeiro invented the Carlton dance. When Riberio first read the script, it said "Carlton Dances", with nothing specific. Ribeiro later stated in an interview that the Carlton dance was inspired by Eddie Murphy's white boy dance and Courteney Cox dancing in Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark (1984).
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    Charles Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

    The roll dance is one of the most famous sequences in the film although Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle had done something similar in the film The Rough House (1917).The "dancing rolls" sequence was so popular with audiences that, in some cases (such as the film's Berlin premiere), projectionists stopped the film and replayed the scene.
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    Tom Cruise in Risky Business (1983)

    The dance scene where Joel dances to "Old Time Rock N' Roll" was completely improvised. In the script Tom Cruise was simply instructed to "dance to rock music".
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    Louis de Funès in The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

    The Hassidic dance: The music and dancing were not authentic but specially made for the movie, though still inspired by traditional Hassidic music. Still, it has been readily adopted by the French Jew community, and can often be heard at Bar Mitzvah or Jewish weddings.
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    John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977)

    The disco finger-pointing routine: When John Travolta first saw the rushes, he was greatly upset that his solo dance was cut in close-up. He called Robert Stigwood and vocalized his concerns. It didn't seem right he explained, that he had worked so hard to get in shape and learn a complex dance just to see the sequence cut down in the editing room. It was important to Travolta for audiences to see his work and to know without a doubt that he was doing his own dancing. Stigwood agreed and told Travolta to go back and sit with the editors and personally supervise a new cut of the solo sequence.
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    Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club (1985)

    The Breakfast Club dancing: Originally, only Claire was supposed to dance, but Molly Ringwald felt uncomfortable dancing alone, so John Hughes had the entire cast dance. Molly Ringwald has said she regrets this because not only did she think her dancing was bad, her inability to do the dance solo led to the artifice of the MTV type choreographed dancing, which she feels hurt the movie.
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    Jaleel White in Family Matters (1989)

    “If you want to do the Steve Urkel dance, all you have to do is hitch up your pants, bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis; I’m telling you, baby, it’s better than Elvis!”.
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    Courteney Cox and David Schwimmer in Friends (1994)

    The one from "The One with The Routine"
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    Jean-Claude Van Damme in Kickboxer (1989)

    The 'Kickboxer' dancing: Smooth and sexy, shaking his booty like a boss, a drunk JCVD rules the dance floor while a few angry dudes stare at him, the dance (that includes his trademark splits) has been one of the most iconic of Van Damme's career.
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    Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

    The 'Las Vegas' episode marks the debut of the 'Apache' dance (set to "Apache" by the Sugarhill Gang), and has since been a staple at clubs and wedding receptions.

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