'Strictly Come Dancing'

This week's virtual CST Friendship Group centred around dance, because 'Strictly Come Dancing' was approaching the semi-finals. Usually, this is the week that the show would visit Blackpool. Of course, COVID-19 has put a stop to that, but thankfully not the show.

We started our session with introductions and members sharing their favourite dance or dancer, either from the show or from a movie.

We asked members who was watching it every week and who they thought is favourite to win.

We also asked if anyone had visited Blackpool. We remembered that this seaside resort is famous for its illuminations and, of course, the funfair.

We asked who likes to go on fun fair rides and would anyone like to take on 'The Big One'? (pictured below)


We then thought about some idioms associated with dance... and asked members to complete these well known phrases ...

(This activity is shout out and not scored.

It aims to build members confidence before going into the music and picture quiz.)

(Answers below)

Dancing in the ******* – very happy

Footloose and fancy **** – no commitments

It takes two to ***** – both parties are responsible

To be all-singing, all-******* – to have a range of impressive skills

To be light on one’s **** – to be nimble

To step out of **** – to break the rules

To dance on *** – to be very happy

To dance to someone else’s **** – to comply with someone’s demands

To drag one’s ***** – to stall for time

To land/fall on one’s **** – to have good luck

To follow in someone’s ********* – to make the same choices as someone else did before

To get into a ****** – to get used to doing something

To get off on the wrong **** – to make a bad start

To give it a ***** – to try something out

To have two left **** – to be clumsy or awkward

To keep one’s feet on the ****** – to be practical and realistic about something

To keep someone on their **** – to make sure someone is concentrating and ready for any outcome

To make a song and ***** out of something – to make a fuss about something

To put a toe out of **** – to do something that breaks the rules

To put one’s best foot ******* – to begin an endeavour with effort and determination

To sweep someone off their **** – to charm someone with romantic gestures

To step on someone’s **** – to offend someone by interfering with their responsibilities

Twinkle **** – someone who is nimble and quick footed

To strut your ***** – to behave confidently

Walking on thin *** - taking risks

Two left **** - clumsy

SONG. Our first song, literally to get people in the mood for a dancing themed CST quiz was 'I'm In The Mood For Dancing', by The Nolan Sisters.

YouTube video link here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZDRbcGPVUE

There are five rounds of five questions, plus a song after each round. Therefore the quiz is scored out of thirty points. (Half a point if the question comes in two parts)

ROUND 1. People

1. Who is this?

Name one of his TV shows, aside from 'Strictly'?

(Can anyone remember his pose or any of his catchphrases?)

2. Who is this former judge?

What was his favourite score?

3. Who is the new lead judge?

4. How about these two old timers?

5. Who are the current hosts?

6. SONG. 'Lord Of The Dance', Uncredited Lyric Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1yzqsWxcBY

What was the name of the dance that Michael Flatley and Jean Butler performed in the interval of the 1994 'Eurovision Song Contest'? (It went on to become a best selling stage show!)

ROUND 2. Infamous Dances

7. Which two people are seen doing a parody dance here in 'The Vicar Of Dibley' (One of them was previously a judge on 'Strictly')?

8. Which 1997 movie was about a group of unemployed men dancing a strip tease?

9. Which 1980 comedy movie included a 'Saturday Night Fever' dance parody?

10. Name this character and actor dancing badly in 'The Office'?

11. Which former Labour politician danced in 'Gangnam Style' on 'Strictly'?

Here's the dance - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czqtjk_iGFU

12. SONG. 'Dancing Queen', ABBA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s&list=PLmfBcxkSOq5nSJ26qtbVdvRTPgNvRLVRL&index=6&t=0s

True or False. Her Majesty The Queen has admitted to always dancing to this song when it comes on?

ROUND 3. Iconic Dancers

13. Name these two actor dancers from the 1952 movie 'Singing In The Rain'?

14. Name these two actors who danced cheek to cheek in the 1935 movie 'Top Hat'?

15. Name this singer dancer?

What was his backwards stepping dance called?

16. Name this actress dancer from the 1953 movie 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'?

17. Name this actress dancer from the 1972 movie 'Cabaret'?

18. SONG. 'Blue Suede Shoes', Elvis Presley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm5HKlQ6nGM

Where did Elvis live?

For the following movies, there are You Tube dance clips to play

Encourage members to choose which they would like to watch

ROUND 4. Top 10 Iconic Dance Movies

19. 'West Side Story', 1961 - (Number 10)

Name the two rival gangs?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e2igZexpMs - ('I Like To Be In America')

20. 'Billy Elliot', 2000 - (Number 9)

Who played the lead role?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSTw8wOlBGY&t=1s - ('I Love To Boogie')

21. 'Flash Dance', 1983 (Number 8)

Who is pictured here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzALZjoIx0g - ('What A Feeling')

22. 'The King And I', 1956 - (Number 7)

Name these two actors?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVPnWmUqd4 - ('Shall We Dance')

23. 'Chicago', 2002 - (Number 6)

Name these two actors?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luef1H24hU8 - ('Nowadays')

24. 'Strictly Ballroom', 1992 - (Number 5)

True or False. 'Strictly Come Dancing' was based on this Australian film?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk-nWE9yeG8 - ('Finale')

25. 'LA LA Land', 2016 - (Number 4)

This film was based in which city?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8w9rOpV3gc - ('A Lovely Night')

26. 'Moulin Rouge', 2001 - (Number 3)

Name these two actors come singer/dancers?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxLaO8Xzjsk - ('Elephant Love Song Medley')

27. 'Saturday Night Fever', 1977 - (Number 2)

Who is pictured here?

Which band composed and performed the music for this film?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUID0jSh2Ic - ('You Should Be Dancing')

28. 'Dirty Dancing', 1987 - (Number 1)

Name these two actors?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpmILPAcRQo - ('Time Of My Life')

29. SONG. 'YMCA', The Village People' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9OO0S5w2k

What was their other UK Top 10 hit?

30. SONG. 'Let's Dance', David Bowie -


What was David Bowie's nickname?

FINAL SONG. 'Night Fever', The Bee Gees - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op5FxEs1aR0

Ask members to do some of the dance moves ...

Ask members if there are missing dance movies they would like to nominate?

List them here?

Here are a few favourite dances from 'Strictly Come Dancing' to play for members' enjoyment ...

Joe McFadden & Katya - 'Human' Argentine tango - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95307LC_lc4

Danny Mac & Oti - 'Magalenha' Samba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CABJfSW6MXE

kelvin Fletcher & Oti - 'Ain't No Sunshine' Rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzhTNpu21U0

Ask members if they have other favourite 'Strictly' dances to play ...


Ask members to list some of the most popular dance styles in the world. Here are some examples:

- Ballet

- Tap dance

- Irish dancing

- Jig

- Reel

- Waltz

- Disco

- Tango

- Foxtrot

- Boston Two Step

- Twist

- Cha Cha

- Samba

- Charleston

- Belly dancing

- Daddy dancing

Next, watch this brilliant 'Evolution Of Dance video, to get the group in the mood for the next activity.... Dancing!


Ask members to dance to these pieces of music together, doing all the moves ...

'Let's Twist Again', Chubby Checker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxQZQ86jJHg

'Superman', Black Lace - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Le-mYN3dl0

'Macarena', LosDel Rio - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWaymcVmJ-A

Add any others you think of ...


Alternatively, if dancing isn't well received, you could play a round or two of 'Play Your Cards Right'.

An example of how to play is to be found here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aZ69V1Db28

(Use large playing cards if possible. And have a prize on hand.)

If you have time in your session, here is a You Tube Playlist of other famous dances...


* We next had some well deserved refreshments and a rest... Much enjoyment was had with the dancing. This happiness carried over into the next session which was ... * As usual we finished with a Relaxation Session. Members were pretty tired by now, so this was well received.



Dancing in the STREETS – very happy. (MOONLIGHT also works)

Footloose and fancy FREE – free from commitment.

It takes two to TANGO – both parties are responsible.

To be all-singing, all-DANCING – to have a range of impressive skills.

To be light on one’s FEET – to be nimble.

To step out of LINE – to break the rules.

To dance on AIR – to be very happy.

To dance to someone else’s TUNE – to comply with someone’s demands.

To drag one’s HEELS – to stall for time.

To land/fall on one’s FEET – to have good luck.

To follow in someone’s FOOTSTEPS– to make the same choices as someone else did before.

To get into a GROOVE – to get used to doing something.

To get off on the wrong FOOT – to make a bad start.

To give it a WHIRL – to try something out.

To have two left FEET – to be clumsy or awkward.

To keep one’s feet on the GROUND– to be practical and realistic about something.

To keep someone on their TOES – to make sure someone is concentrating and ready for any outcome

To make a song and DANCE out of something – to make a fuss about something.

To put a toe out of LINE – to do something that breaks the rules.

To put one’s best foot FORWARD – to begin an endeavour with effort and determination.

To sweep someone off their FEET – to charm someone with romantic gestures.

To step on someone’s TOES – to offend someone by interfering with their responsibilities.

Twinkle TOES – someone who is nimble and quick footed.

To strut your STUFF – to behave confidently.

Walking on thin ICE - taking risks.

Two left FEET - clumsy.


1. Bruce Forsyth

His other TV shows were:

- Sunday Night at the London Palladium

- The Generation Game

- Play Your Cards Right

- The Price Is Right, and

- You Bet!

- He also co-presented Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2013.

Brucie's catchphrases included:

- The Thinker pose. (Ask someone to demonstrate.)

- “Nice to see you, to see you nice”, Generation Game

- “Keeeeep dancing!”, Strictly Come Dancing

- “Oh, wasn’t that a shame”, The Price Is Right

- “All right my loves?”, The Generation Game

- “Give us a twirl!”, said to Anthea Redfern

- “You don’t get anything for a pair”, Play Your Cards Right

- “What do points make? Prizes!”, Play Your Cards Right

- “Cuddly toy, cuddly toy!”, Generation Game.

2. Len Goodman