John Travolta says dancing with Princess Diana at the White House felt like a “fairytale”

Travolta got the dance partner of his life at the 1985 White House dinner.


John Travolta dancing with Princess Diana remains up until this day one of the most iconic moments of pop culture.

Although he has shown his incredible dancing skills in a number of movies, including Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Pulp Fiction, just to name a few, the actor had his most famous dance back in 1985 at the White House after he barely gathered courage to ask the Princess of the People for a dance.

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During the White House state dinner hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, Nancy approached the actor and told him that the Princess wanted to dance with him. We can only imagine the joy and excitement young Travolta felt at that particular moment when he was struggling to find the right words and invite Lady Di to the dance floor.

Last week, Travolta spoke to Esquire Mexico and recalled the iconic moment, comparing it to a fairytale.


As reported by People, the now 67-year-old actor said: “I didn’t think they’d ask me to dance with her. I had the great privilege and honor of doing so, and I thought, ‘There must be a reason for doing this and I better give it my all,'” he revealed. “That meant lead the dance well and make sure we had fun. That was the easy part, but just the fact of greeting Diana appropriately, being confident and asking her to dance was a complicated task.”

“Think of the setting. We were at the White House. It’s midnight. The stage is like a dream. I approach her, touch her elbow, invite her to dance,” he said. “She spins around and gives me that captivating smile, just a little sad, and accepts my invitation. And there we were, dancing together as if it were a fairytale.”


In 2016, during Good Morning America appearance, the Pulp Fiction star said that if he could bring anything back from the 80′, he would chose to have another dance with the royal.

Back in 2007, Travolta spoke to the Dutch TV station Één, saying: “I’ll never forget it,” he added. “I’m so honored that I was able to experience this, and I know for a fact that it was her highlight of being in the United States; it was her favorite moment. So I feel I made her life better, she made my life better, and I’m very sorry that she’s not here,” as per People.