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John Travolta shows off his muscle memory with famous ‘Grease’ dance during interview
Those hips don't lie. John Travolta hasn't forgotten a thing.
Jessica Adler
01.11.23

At this point it’s pretty much safe to assume that most people have seen the movie “Grease”.

It’s a classic, after all, and even people who aren’t huge movie buffs can sing along to nearly every song on the soundtrack.

Some even have the moves to match the dance.

John Travolta hasn’t forgotten any steps.

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The iconic 1978 movie was based on the 1971 musical with the same title, and stars actors and actresses who went on to make it big in Hollywood.

One of these actors is John Travolta.

After “Grease”, he went on to land roles in “Pulp Fiction”, “She’s So Lovely”, “Hairspray”, Disney’s “Bolt”, and many more, but even with all these movies, one thing hasn’t changed.

He’s still cheeky-boy Danny Zuko.

The “Grease” hype lives on today, and the movie is even considered the second most successful film ever.

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It’s unsurprising, then, that on Grease’s 4oth anniversary, there was huge excitement for the 40th-anniversary celebration.

We may be biased, but we can’t help noticing that four decades on, John Travolta still looks as good as he did as a young man.

And he’s still got the moves.

He proved as much in an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

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Travolta appeared on The Tonight Show to discuss the movie’s anniversary – and he had a surprise in store for the audience.

While it was only brief, this is a performance you don’t want to miss.

His dance was a flashback.

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The interview starts like any old interview, and Jimmy expresses his disbelief that he’s interviewing the John Travolta from “Grease”.

Proof that even celebs get star-struck.

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The pair discuss the success of the movie, with Jimmy commenting that even his 12-year-old nieces are familiar with the movie’s catchy musical hits.

Travolta had the whole package.

He could sing and dance exceptionally well, as Jimmy explains.

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Jimmy attempts to explain a move that Travolta does at the end of the movie, with his partner, Olivia Newton-John.

It’s called the “four corners”.

Travolta recalled:

“I grew up with all these kind of novelty dances. So, in Grease, they needed a step for that ‘You’re the One That I Want’ at the end. So I said, ‘Well, we used to do the four corners. Why don’t we do that?'”

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YouTube - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

It’s an opportunity too good to miss, and Jimmy takes advantage of it, asking:

“Can you show it to me?”

To the applause of the crowd, Travolta takes the stage – and “You’re the One That I Want” starts to play.

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Jimmy is in on the moment, too, standing beside the “Grease” legend and following his moves as he bounces on the soles of his feet.

Travolta is smooth while Jimmy struggles.

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YouTube - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

After waiting “till it gets into a good groove”, Travolta is off, swaying his hips in the signature “four corners” move, stepping forward and backward, and literally hitting the “four corners”.

It’s a simple move, and it doesn’t take long for Jimmy to pick it up, the pair dancing in-sync.

Now they’re really moving.

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Of course, the crowd lost it seeing the two of them dance.

When Jimmy prompts the crowd to “give it up for John Travolta”, the actor is so amused that he keeps dancing.

Travolta is in his 60s and he represented his age group well with his slick moves.

See John Travolta prove that he’s still got the moves in the video below!

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By Jessica Adler
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Jessica Adler is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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