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[[caption-width-right:350:We dance well here in Camelot.]]

->''"We're Knights of the Round Table''
->''We dance when e'er we're able''
->''We do routines and chorus scenes''
->''With footwork impeccable."''
-->-- ''[[Film/MontyPythonandtheHolyGrail Monty Python and the Holy Grail]]''

Dancing in a suit of armour. An amusing sight, in part due to the inherent clumsiness and difficulty in moving glibly in such attire, though far less so than one might expect, [[RealityIsUnrealistic as the Real Life section would suggest]]. Furthermore, a suit of armor has connotations of knightly bravery and honor--hence the humorous whiplash stemming from dancing in full plate (see also TheComicallySerious).

Subtrope of {{Bathos}}.

Not to be confused with DanceBattler.



[[folder: Card Games ]]

* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9742 Knight of the Hokey Pokey]], from the ''Unglued'' joke set of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''.


[[folder: Eastern European Animation ]]

* In one of the episodes of ''Animation/NuPogodi'' (in a museum), Wolf disguises himself as a suit of armor and soon afterwards slides across a slippery floor, doing figure skating maneouvers to the tune of a classical melody.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The "Knights of the Round Table" song from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** In ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', Robin would rather sing and dance than fight, and eventually pursues a career in musical theater. Lancelot, a StraightGay, is also revealed as loving to dance.
* The end of ''Film/EllaEnchanted'' sees the armored castle guards dance along to the CrowdSong (since they never even speak, let alone sing).
* The original version of ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963'' included a costume party in which Inspector Clouseau attempted to remain incognito wearing a suit of armour, complete with clanging faceplate. He spends some of the evening dancing.
* ''Film/IronMan2'': Tony Stark, drunk as hell, fully suited up in Iron Man armor. And its one of the most hilarious moments in the movie.
* In Film/TheThreeStooges short "Squareheads of the Round Table", Larry, Moe, and Shemp noisily dance in full armor to an "ancient" radio playing "Swanee River".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljEC7HKbP0g This]] behind-the-scenes clip from the set of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' is dripping with this trope.
* Not dancing per se, but the Mel Brooks movie ''Film/SilentMovie'' has a hilarious scene where the main characters, in full plate armor, try to eat lunch at a cafeteria.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* One contestant on ''Series/BritainsGotTalent'' did a Music/MichaelJackson dance dressed as Darth Vader.
* Canadian comedy duo [[Series/WayneAndShuster Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster]] once had a TV special that parodied fairy tales - they star as a court jester and royal physician, breaking into an impromptu softshoe dance in the dining hall, followed by a knight in armor doing a more vigorous tapdance.
--> "That's not softshoe, that's heavy metal!"
--> "My mom told be there'd be knights like this..."
* ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' features the Red Buster's ''HumongousMecha'' dancing to the [[DancingTheme ending song]].
** Predated by ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', where a bored Yabaiba (no, it's not ForTheEvulz) holds Tetomu hostage so the Gaorangers would make Gao King dance.
* In ''Series/MythBusters'', Adam Savage sometimes dances in their fire suit. He also takes the opportunity to dance in the Redman suit, the heavier impact armor, and the prop armor that shows up for historical myths.


[[folder: Music ]]

* A very non-humorous example is Prokofiev's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBsKplb2E6Q Dance of the Knights]].
* Music/AdamAnt dances in a very shiny suit of armor in "Ant Rap".


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', if you pay some money and pull a lever at the party room (formerly in Camelot), a group of knights would dance and sing on a table. Probably inspired by the Monty Python and the Holy Grail scene. Also, there are multiple dance emotes, which players can do in full armor.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The dance command is never affected by whatever your character is equipped with.
* Both ''Videogame/MassEffect1'' and its sequel allow the protagonist some dance steps in full combat gear.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', when a musician plays a lute, most people in the room start to dance; this includes any knights in full armor, and occasionally even golems.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' for the DS, there is an EasterEgg where [[KnightInShiningArmor Cecil]] does a dance. With an ([[LighterAndSofter E-rated]]) exotic dancer. It's absolutely hilarious.
* There are all-class dancing taunts in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', and several cosmetic items are suits of armor for the various classes. Pyro gets the most mileage out of this, having both a samurai's armor and helmet as well as a full black knight ensemble to dance in, while also being technically armored already in his fireproof suit (which can also have variations as a hazmat/radiation suit).
* One staff in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' allows player-characters to perform a ritual dance with it. Some people only invade others to perform this dance at them and disappear.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The "Dancing Knights" spell in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a pun on the "Dancing Lights" spell found in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view4/1353563/dancing-knight-o.gif This gif]]


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Longsword instructor Guy Windsor once explained the versatility of armour by stating that an armoured knight can "run, jump, ride and even dance techno. I have seen this with my own eyes."
* Historically, it wasn't unknown for squires to dance in full harness as part of their training. Seeing how they had to be able to crawl up the underside of a siege ladder and mount a horse in full gallop while wearing all their armor to be considered for knighthood, [[TrainingFromHell this was only the beginning]].