Created By: Cao Cao on September 2, 2009

Convenient Slow Dance

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When Boy Meets Girl at a party or a club, and music (often performed by a live band) is playing, the next number that comes up will be a slow dance. Usually, it's a contrived coincidence, but Genre Savvy characters will make sure to tell the band to make it a slow dance at the right moment.

This will also happen with a man and a woman who already know each other, and who have unspoken feelings for one another.

  • Public Enemies: When John Dillinger chats up Billie Frechette, the next dance is "Bye Bye Blackbird", which will remain a cherished memory for both of them throughout the story.
  • I'm sure this also happens with Adama and Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica.
  • Groundhog Day
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  • July 8, 2009

  • July 8, 2009
    Yep, sounds Trope-liciously common, although I can't think of any examples of it off the top of my head...
  • July 8, 2009
  • July 8, 2009
    The final scene of Casper (the movie) is a good example.
  • July 8, 2009
  • July 8, 2009
    Mr Bean has an Inconvenient Slow Dance.
  • Enchanted has one, which also happened to be a convenient "dance with somebody other than your date" song.
  • July 9, 2009
    In Love Actually, when Sarah and Karl dance at the Christmas party.
  • July 9, 2009
    Cao Cao
    This happens in plenty of teen movies, but I can't think of examples.
  • July 21, 2009
    Cao Cao
    More examples neede.
  • July 22, 2009
    A Scooby Doo comic has Fred tell a boy that he orchestrated one of these at his school prom. He bribed the disk jockey to switch to a slow song when he started dancing with Daphne.
  • August 3, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    [[Buffy]], surely? When She Was Bad, the slow-dance scene with Buffy and Xander?
  • August 4, 2009
    • Always. While Pete is dancing with Dorinda, he signals to the band and they start playing "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", which is "their song". Watch it here, starting at about 3:50.
  • August 4, 2009
    At least the Groundhog Day one is justified
  • August 5, 2009
    May degenerate into a full-blown Mating Dance.
  • September 1, 2009
    Of all the possible movies, The Siege had one of these.
  • September 1, 2009
    This was referenced in The Tomorrow Series - Lee is telling Ellie about the first time they danced together, which she doesn't even remember; they were at a school dance and he asked her to dance during a slow song, hoping that they could be close and intimate and romantic, but because of the time it takes for him to ask her, they end up dancing to Convicted Of Love, which isn't especially intimate and romantic.
  • September 2, 2009
    Cao Cao
    How should it be indexed?