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Top 10 Strictly Ballroom quotes

The year was 1992. Paul Keating was our Prime Minister, the Olympic Games were held in Barcelona and Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart topped the ARIA Charts.

It was also the year that a then unknown Aussie director Baz Luhrmann introduced us to the glitz and glamour of the ballroom dancing world in his first feature Strictly Ballroom.  It was also the start of one of Australia’s most successful creative partnerships, with Catherine Martin on board as Production Designer.

We thought it was about time we dusted off our dancing shoes and took a look back at some of the iconic moments from Strictly Ballroom with our top 10 quotes.

1. I’ve got my happy face on today Les.

Everything’s going to be alright. Spoiler alert: it isn’t.


2. Liz’s scream.

What a reaction - use in life as you will. 


3. That was unexpected.

That’s one word for Pam Short breaking both her legs…


4. A bit of musicality please.

Really, is that too much to ask for?


5. This one’s Island fantasy.

And that’s $11.95.


6. It’s Tina Sparkle!

Warning – if you’re born after 1990 you’ll be #mindblown who this is…


7. Listen to the rhythm.

The classic Strictly duo – Paul Mercurio and his Chesty Bonds.


8. He doesn’t care about winning the Pan Pacific Grand Prix?

Pretty much the most shocking thing ever said.


9. Can I bend your ear for a tick?

Translation: Australian for a D&M.


10. It’s the Bogo Pogo.

Only the most iconic of all dance moves (that we still don’t know how to do).


Honourable mentions Nobody said Australians were known for maths.

The Fruity Rumba.

A dance second only to the Bogo Pogo.


Please leave the floor!

Bill Hunter. Icon. Also the harshest thing ever said to Scott Hastings and partner.


But enough gifs! Enjoy Strictly Ballroom at home right now on iTunes, Google Play and more via The Screen Guide.

And if you love the look of Strictly Ballroom, hear from the incredible production designer herself – Academy Award® winner Catherine Martin – in this wide ranging career interview.

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