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[[caption-width-right:350:It's all in the timing.]]

->''Soon we are breathless, sweaty and laughing. After a while the style of the music changes--a crooner with a slow beat--but it doesn't matter because I am too dizzy from spinning round and laughing to continue. I hook my arms about Lochan's neck and collapse against him. I notice the damp hair sticking to his neck and inhale the smell of fresh sweat. I expect him to pull away and return to his physics now that our moment of silliness is over, but to my surprise he just puts his arms around me and we sway from side to side.''
-->-- ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}''

When BoyMeetsGirl 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 ContrivedCoincidence, but smart characters will make sure beforehand to tell the band to make it a slow dance at the right moment.

This will also happen with two people who already know each other, and who have unspoken feelings for one another. May lead to a DanceOfRomance.



[[folder: Anime ]]

* ''Manga/SoulEater'': When Maka and Soul are with the Black Blood demon, it starts a slow dance. With one scene, the animators inspired about 2,000 romantic fanfictions.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' does this twice:
** In the "Dead-End Kids" arc, Lillie draws power from the ambient noise of New York City (ItMakesSenseInContext) to have a mid-air slow dance with Victor.
** In "Homeschooling", Victor tries to arrange a slow dance with Nico during the fake prom that she set up in hopes of cheering up Karolina. It fails because the music he chose turns out to not actually be music, and Nico ends up having to pull Karolina off of Chase.


[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* In ''FanFic/ForGood'', a WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand fic, Buzz and Mira end up dancing to "Just the Way You Look". The protagonist, Erin, lampshades this by ''calling it by name''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/PublicEnemies'': 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.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay''
* ''Film/BabyBoom'' : Diane Keaton never misses a party where her plumber's band is playing...
* Inverted in ''Film/GetOverIt'' when the generic moderate-tempo background music gets turned up to high-tempo music in a club scene the second a character asks another to dance.
* The final scene of ''Film/{{Casper}}'' (the movie).
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture''
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' has one, which also happened to be a convenient "dance with somebody other than your date" song.
* ''Film/LoveActually'': When Sarah and Karl dance at the Christmas party.
* ''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".
* Of all the possible movies, ''Film/TheSiege'' had one of these.
* ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' has one slow dance scene between Robert Kincaid (played by ''Creator/ClintEastwood'') and Francesca Johnson (played by ''Creator/MerylStreep'').
* In ''Film/WestSideStory'', Tony and Maria first see each other during the wildest part of the Mambo in the Dance at the Gym. Soon enough, though, the lights fade and the Mambo abruptly dies away to segue to the Cha-Cha. The Cha-Cha is only moderately slow, but then the dance actually halts for a few moments so Tony and Maria can exchange their first words.
* Parodied in Disney's ''Film/HocusPocus'': While the Sanderson Sisters are in "[[{{Satan}} the Master's]]" house, Sarah goes to "the Master" and says, "Master, wouldst thou dance with me?" She then makes a tender slow dance with him... until his wife shows up and sees them both dancing, which triggers her BerserkButton.
* Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', while at Max Schreck's CharityBall. Averts the normal occurrence when everything about the dance itself, from the [[DarkReprise music]] to the conversation, is only one part romantic but three parts sinister.
** Right up until the Penguin [[MoodWhiplash blows up the dance hall]] and drags Schreck into the sewers on his giant Duck of War.
** Bonus points for having the first song be reminiscent of Prince's hi-tempo music for the first ''[[Film/{{Batman}} Batman]]'' film, then transiting to Siouxie and the Banshee's melancholy song that accompanied ''Returns'' to emphasize the difference between the two movies, and even the two ''relationships'' between Bruce and the GirlOfTheWeek.
* In ''Film/TopHat'' Maude tells Dale and Jane to dance together just as a slow song starts so they can bond.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* This was referenced in ''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries''--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.
* This happens to Face and Dia in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]''; they are each dancing with another partner to more energetic music, and are then maneuvered into dancing with each other in time for a slower song and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.
* ''Literature/PhoenixAndAshes'': When Reggie and Eleanor step onto the dance floor, the band not only switches to a slow waltz, but wraps up the music as soon as Reggie needs to take a break from dancing. Probably justified; Reggie is still recovering from a leg injury, and ''can't'' dance fast dances or for very long. If he didn't warn the band ahead of time, his godmother (who hired them) most likely would have.
* ''Literature/{{Forbidden}}'': First homework, which leads to procrastinating/taking-a-break, which leads to salsa dancing, and then the song the radio plays after the salsa is a slow, crooning song. DanceOfRomance ensues.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Happens with Adama and Laura Roslin in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''.
* The second season episode "Plan B" of ''Series/VeronicaMars''. As Veronica just tries to save Gia from Logan's rather not-friendly honest opinion, they end up dancing to "Sway" by The Perishers.
* ''Series/{{Buffy The Vampire Slayer}}'': In "When She Was Bad", Buffy and Xander's slow dance at The Bronze, which very quickly turns [[MatingDance sexually charged]].
** Also with Angel in Season 3 in "The Prom"
* ''Series/{{House}}'', "Known Unknowns", House and Cuddy at the conference's 80s party.
* Subverted in ''Series/MrBean'', which has an Inconvenient Slow Dance.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' ("The Rain King"). Although [[UnresolvedSexualTension Scully and Mulder don't dance]], they appear to be as they unconsciously sway in unison to the music, while watching another loving couple doing the slow dance.
** The episode "Post Modern Prometheus" has this too; Mulder pulls Scully out of her chair for a dance while Cher sings "Walking in Memphis".
* In ''Series/TheMentalist'' episode "Rose Colored Glasses," this happens to Lisbon and Jane at a high school reunion. They take the opportunity to play the trope straight.
** And it's [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments really, really sweet.]]
* There's a specific sub-trope where two characters are already dancing to a fast song, when the music abruptly switches to something slow, and there's an awkward "Do we keep dancing or not?" moment.
** In the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Death of the Queen Bee," this happens to Booth and Brennan when they're undercover as a married couple at Brennan's high school reunion.
* ''Series/ICarly'' for the Carly/Freddie DanceOfRomance. Firstly, that the [[LocalHangout Groovy Smoothie]] was playing slow music just perfect, when you'd expect pop or Top 40 music, and secondly, the fact that the other 12 customers inside all vanished within the space of the 2 minute conversation that caused both their dates to leave.
* The pilot of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' contains another mid-song tempo change subversion ("Come Sail Away" by Music/{{Styx}}. Sam asks Cindy to dance while the song is still slow and everyone else is slow dancing to it, but once they get on the dance floor together, it picks up speed, much to Sam's frustration.
* Played with in one episode of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. The slow dance ''is'' scheduled to happen as part of the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. However, Damon is ''not'' scheduled to be Elena's partner. [[ShipTease Cue a three minutes long]] {{UST}} [[ShipTease filled scene that brought millions of watchers to their knees]].
* There's one at the high school reunion the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' team crashes. Nate and Sophie dance, as do Hardison and Parker, the latter being suspended from the ceiling. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext Long story]].)
* PlayedWith and ZigZagged in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. In the Prom episode, Kurt and Blaine, boyfriends for a couple of episodes as of this point, go together and specifically avoid slow dances for fear drawing the attention of homophobic bullies. Then Kurt's crowned prom queen ([[TeensAreMonsters Long story]]). So Kurt decides to accept the crown, which means dancing with his closeted former bully who has a crush on him. Sound like an opportunity for a one sided DanceOfRomance for the former bully? Nope. Can't bring himself to go through with it. So poor Kurt is alone on the dance floor with no one to slow dance with, till Blaine steps in and asks him "May I have this dance?" The soundtrack for all of this? "[[Music/{{ABBA}} Dancing Queen]]" Because nothing says romance like disco!
* Played with in the episode "Henderson, Nevada Adjacent, Baby!" from ''Series/RaisingHope''. Jimmy and Sabrina slow dance for the third time to "an upbeat song that ''really'' shouldn't be slow-danced to".
* This is played with rather nicely in an episode of ''Series/That70sShow''. Jackie and Kelso start slow dancing at their prom. When the song changes to a more lively, upbeat tune, they simply continue to slow dance.
* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Tony and Ziva get one in "Berlin." What starts out as a way to throw their suspect off their surveillance soon turns into a very intimate moment.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Played with by Music/FiveIronFrenzy on their first live album. Reese Roper introduces one of the songs with a monologue, saying that he knows what it's like to be a lonely guy at a show, hoping that the band plays a slow song so he can dance with that pretty girl. "Well my friends, now is your chance! Take that girl in your arms and slow dance like there's no tomorrow!" The band then plays "Blue Comb '78", [[SubvertedTrope which is only a slow song for the first 30 seconds]].
* "No. 1 Party Anthem" by Music/ArcticMonkeys (from the album ''Music/{{AM}}'') plays with this. The title itself indicates that the song will be a dance party record, though this is a BaitAndSwitch. It also makes fun of the fact that everything aligns properly for the narrator in the song to meet the girl, even though she's clearly egging him on to talk to her and dance with her.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' subverts this trope with Squall and Rinoa's dance at the See D Ball. The song, "Waltz for the Moon" is a Viennese waltz, which is ''twice as fast'' as the traditional romantic dance. (Plotwise this makes sense, as the whole point of the scene is to introduce Rinoa with her zippy GenkiGirl personality.)


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' subverts this. Bob walks in on Jean and Slick while they're slow dancing... to Music/WeirdAlYankovic. Bob comments that he didn't think that was possible.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had one for Danny and Sam in ''Parental Bonding''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'': At the Quark Shareholders Ball, Lt. Hunter and Dr. Slate get about 2 seconds of lively dancing in before a slow song started.
* An episode from the third season of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' that shows how Dexter and Dee Dee's parents first met when they were in college, Dad's helping Mom work on getting over her [[SuperOCD extreme germaphobia]]. At one point, they go to a dance contest where the last couple standing wins. When the slow-dance situations crops up, Dad helps Mom through it by presenting her with her trademark yellow rubber gloves.