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16th Dec '16 3:13:36 PM Morgenthaler
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* The movie ''Breakin''' featured the classic "pinning of all hopes and dreams on a dance routine," but its strangely-titled sequel ''Electric Boogaloo'' ratcheted up the crazy by not only using breakdancing as a means to save the [[SavingTheOrphanage perpetually-imperiled youth center]], but also as a form of ''combat''. No, not like a DanceBattler, but rather two teams of enemies facing off, breakdancing, and then deciding --as a group-- who won the battle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boL9o0u0Dig What, do you think we're kidding?]]

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* The movie ''Breakin''' ''Film/{{Breakin}}'' featured the classic "pinning of all hopes and dreams on a dance routine," but its strangely-titled sequel ''Electric Boogaloo'' ''Film/Breakin2ElectricBoogaloo'' ratcheted up the crazy by not only using breakdancing as a means to save the [[SavingTheOrphanage perpetually-imperiled youth center]], but also as a form of ''combat''. No, not like a DanceBattler, but rather two teams of enemies facing off, breakdancing, and then deciding --as a group-- who won the battle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boL9o0u0Dig What, do you think we're kidding?]]
16th Dec '16 3:11:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''ForgottenRealms'' has the spelldancers, who use dance-based magic rituals. In the 2nd Edition AD&D version, they are variant wizards unable to use Invocation/Evocation or Necromancy spells, but who are ''not'' bound by the {{Vancian|Magic}} rules that control all other magic in D&D. (This means such characters aren't much use in a dungeon crawl, but otherwise tend to be overpowered). In 3rd Edition, any spellcaster (arcane or divine) can become one, and they only use the dance to amplify the spells they can cast normally.
* WarhammerFantasy battles have Woodelf Wardancers.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} has Eldar Harlequins that use acrobatic dances amplified by mystical technology. They use this during wars as well.

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* ''ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has the spelldancers, who use dance-based magic rituals. In the 2nd Edition AD&D version, they are variant wizards unable to use Invocation/Evocation or Necromancy spells, but who are ''not'' bound by the {{Vancian|Magic}} rules that control all other magic in D&D. (This means such characters aren't much use in a dungeon crawl, but otherwise tend to be overpowered). In 3rd Edition, any spellcaster (arcane or divine) can become one, and they only use the dance to amplify the spells they can cast normally.
* WarhammerFantasy ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' battles have Woodelf Wardancers.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has Eldar Harlequins that use acrobatic dances amplified by mystical technology. They use this during wars as well.
16th Dec '16 3:10:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' pegs the survival of every Emperor Penguin on Earth on the penguin's ability to impress humans with their tap-dancing skills.

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* ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' pegs the survival of every Emperor Penguin on Earth on the penguin's ability to impress humans with their tap-dancing skills.
16th Dec '16 3:09:22 PM Morgenthaler
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** Similarly, ''Film/FlashDance'' has Alex (played by Jennifer Beals) pining her own entire future on her audition for the Pittsburgh Conservatory.

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** Similarly, * ''Film/FlashDance'' has Alex (played by Jennifer Beals) pining her own entire future on her audition for the Pittsburgh Conservatory.
16th Dec '16 3:08:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the middle of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', Ren [=McCormick=] invades a train-yard just so he can work his dancing {{Angst}} out. And impress the girl, apparently.

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* In the middle of ''Film/{{Footloose}}'', Ren [=McCormick=] invades a train-yard just so he can work his dancing {{Angst}} out. And impress the girl, apparently.



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* Music/MichaelJackson was the king of this trope. It started when he was still a part of Music/TheJacksonFive with songs like "Dancing Machine", "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground" and went on as an adult superstar on ''Music/OffTheWall'' with tracks like "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough", "Off The Wall" and "Burn This Disco Out". You might think a ZombieApocalypse horror movie might be the wrong time to suddenly break out into dance, but somehow he made it work in "[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Thriller]]". In "Beat It," he actually puts a stop to a gang-war through the power of dance. [[SerialEscalation Think that's enough]]? The film for "Smooth Criminal" boasted fantastic cinematography that accentuated the dancing to the max.
* The video for Music/KatyPerry's "Hot & Cold" features her as a bride at the altar, where the groom hesitates before saying "I do." She, and some other spurned brides, arm themselves with baseball bats, corner him... and then break into dance.
* Music/PatBenatar's "Love Is A Battlefield." Pat and the other taxi-dancers horse the sleazy pimp-like Guido who runs the dance hall to back off through the power of dance. Or something...
* The video for [[Music/SophieEllisBextor Sophie Ellis-Bextor]]'s "Murder On The Dance-Floor'' involves a dancing contest with an unscrupulously competitive contestant.

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* Music/MichaelJackson was the king of this trope. It started when he was still a part of Music/TheJacksonFive with songs like "Dancing Machine", "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground" and went on as an adult superstar on ''Music/OffTheWall'' with tracks like "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough", "Off The Wall" and "Burn This Disco Out". You might think a ZombieApocalypse horror movie might be the wrong time to suddenly break out into dance, but somehow he made it work in "[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Thriller]]". In "Beat It," he actually puts a stop to a gang-war through the power of dance. [[SerialEscalation Think that's enough]]? The film for "Smooth Criminal" boasted fantastic cinematography that accentuated the dancing to the max.
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* The video for Music/KatyPerry's "Hot & Cold" features her as a bride at the altar, where the groom hesitates before saying "I do." She, and some other spurned brides, arm themselves with baseball bats, corner him... and then break into dance.
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* Music/PatBenatar's "Love Is A Battlefield." Pat and the other taxi-dancers horse the sleazy pimp-like Guido who runs the dance hall to back off through the power of dance. Or something...
something...
* The video for [[Music/SophieEllisBextor Sophie Ellis-Bextor]]'s "Murder On The Dance-Floor'' involves a dancing contest with an unscrupulously competitive contestant.



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* Many cultures' ritual dances were this because they were, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ritual dances.]] To make a mistake was to show disrespect, incur the wrath of ThePowersThatBe, etc.

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* Many cultures' ritual dances were this because they were, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ritual dances.]] To make a mistake was to show disrespect, incur the wrath of ThePowersThatBe, etc.


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17th Oct '16 5:32:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''HappyFeet'' pegs the survival of every Emperor Penguin on Earth on the penguin's ability to impress humans with their tap-dancing skills.

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* ''HappyFeet'' ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' pegs the survival of every Emperor Penguin on Earth on the penguin's ability to impress humans with their tap-dancing skills.
13th Oct '16 6:47:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and its American counterpart ''EliteBeatAgents''. In EBA, only dancing can cure a sick athelete and stop an alien invasion.

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* ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and its American counterpart ''EliteBeatAgents''.''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents''. In EBA, only dancing can cure a sick athelete and stop an alien invasion.
6th Sep '16 7:56:59 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', for the fourth of the [[TournamentArc Ueda Castle 10 Matches]], reputed shrine maidens Isanami and Izumo no Okuni get into a dance-off before their fight as Isanami is absolutely determined to prove the latter is a pretender to the Izumo name.
31st Aug '16 10:21:15 AM erforce
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* In 1940 movie ''The Mark of Zorro'' the elaborate and energetic dance of Don Diego Vega (Tyrone Power) and Lolita Quintero (Linda Darnell) brings the two lovebirds closer together.

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In 1940 movie ''The Mark of Zorro'' ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro'' the elaborate and energetic dance of Don Diego Vega (Tyrone Power) and Lolita Quintero (Linda Darnell) brings the two lovebirds closer together.
27th Aug '16 5:16:23 PM nombretomado
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* There was a rash of these in the '00s: ''Take the Lead'' and the DisneyChannel movie ''Gotta Kick It Up!'' were SaveOurStudents stories; ''You Got Served'', the ''Step Up'' movies and ''Save the Last Dance'' all involved gang violence wherein somebody got shot; ''Stomp the Yard'' (which also started with a murder) and ''How She Move'' had pulling-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-and-the-magic-of-dance plots. In 2009 The Wayans brothers made a parody movie for {{MTV}} called ''Dance Flick''.

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* There was a rash of these in the '00s: ''Take the Lead'' and the DisneyChannel Creator/DisneyChannel movie ''Gotta Kick It Up!'' were SaveOurStudents stories; ''You Got Served'', the ''Step Up'' movies and ''Save the Last Dance'' all involved gang violence wherein somebody got shot; ''Stomp the Yard'' (which also started with a murder) and ''How She Move'' had pulling-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps-and-the-magic-of-dance plots. In 2009 The Wayans brothers made a parody movie for {{MTV}} called ''Dance Flick''.
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