A condition where a dancing person must continue to dance and has no way to stop moving. In some cases the victims begin to dance voluntarily but find themselves unable to stop; in others, they were forced to dance against their will. In both cases, the victim is at the mercy of someone or something else (a villain, a curse, an artifact, or similar) that compels this dancing. If an object or trinket controls the dancing, they may be freed if they can get rid of it, but sometimes it's [[ClingyMacGuffin not so easily shaken]], and other times even that won't help.

The victims may be forced to dance for the following purposes:

* '''Incapacitation''': The dance hinders the victims' action or renders them helpless.
* '''PlayingWithPuppets[=/=]HypnoFool''': The dance is intended to humiliate the victim or make him/her look foolish.
* '''Torture''': The dance will exhaust the victim. In extreme cases, the person is forced to dance until he or she dies.
* '''Aesthetics''': The person controlling the dance wants to see the other person move in a way that visually appeals to him/her.

Can be a form of IronicHell or LaserGuidedKarma (to say nothing of CoolAndUnusualPunishment). Relatively popular in children's entertainment because it seems like a relatively harmless means of restraint, comparable to TickleTorture. MindControlMusic often, and TheMusicMeister always, causes this trope.

Often a version of PeoplePuppets, and overlaps with MindManipulation. Not to be confused with BulletDancing (a series of reflex leaps isn't quite what this trope is after).

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': One of the bizarre tasks Lelouch [[CompellingVoice compels]] some drug dealers to do for his PlayingWithPuppets moment. It's a pretty horrible thing he did, considering that the person who he compelled to dance will have to dance until he dies.
* ''Anime/{{Tsuritama}}'': Humans under the influence of the aliens' MindControlDevice. This can result in AdultFear, such as losing control of their boats and accidentally launching missiles from a battleship.
* The Para Para Brothers from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' use a stereo to cause their opponents to uncontrollably mimic their dancing, leaving them open to attack.
* ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime'': Fine or Rein presses one of the three buttons on the Feather Myuugram to make it play music. Anyone standing in front of the Myuugram will be forced to dance depending on the music the Myuugram plays.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The anime-only twins Linlin & Ranran's most powerful move. The twins [[ThemeTuneCameo play the theme tune]] which causes the opponent to dance uncontrollably, and while they dance Linlin and Ranran use the flamethrower to burn the opponent.
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': To stop the fight between two Yakuza groups, the [[SirensAreMermaids mermaids]] Sun & Lunar sing a song that causes everyone to dance uncontrollably. For 50 solid hours.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara''
** Dancing Dream uses HypnoRay to organize a group of sleeping {{Dance Battler}}s.
** PlayedForLaughs in episode 6 when Ran does this to Amu at one point. Amu is not amused.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'': The villain's girlfriend asks for a certain music to be played that makes all the males dance so that she can fight with Elie uninterrupted.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Twinkle☆'': "Tinkle Tinkle Sanbala" is a magic spell that makes everyone dance samba. The spell was used on [[MushroomMan Mushroom Men]], so yeah, it's... MushroomSamba.
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'': A Film/SaturdayNightFever-esque monster uses HypnoRay to cause people in the dance hall to dance in sync with him.
* ''Anime/{{Stitch}}''
** Experiment 258 (Sample) has gained this ability. Also, after the [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failure of the week]], Delia punishes Hämsterviel by hanging him with thread and forcing him to dance.
** In order to capture Stitch, Experiment 610 (Witch) magically forced Stitch and his friends to dance, which would have tired them out if Yuna hadn't distracted her.
** The show also reveals Experiment 123's name (Carmen) and ability (this).
* ''Manga/ZatchBell'': Yopopo can cause the opponent to mimic his dancing by using his spell, ''Shin Yopopoi Topopoi Supopopoi''.
* ''Anime/FlintTheTimeDetective'': Jitterbug's song and Jitterbug-Master's ray can make people dance against their will.
* ''Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh'': There is a MonsterOfTheWeek which affects people and the HumongousMecha alike.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'': Lanhua's song.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Brook seems to have gained this ability. He caused the Bobardment Squad of the New Fishman Pirates to dance around as if they were at a festival.
** Also happens in a back-up feature to one of the movies, where Jango hypnotizes an entire island into dancing.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': [[spoiler: Drosselmeyer's AuthorPowers are most apparent when Tutu ascends to the author's universe and ends up becoming a marionette which dances ballet at his will.]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Mara's WeaksauceWeakness is [[RockMeAsmodeus rock music]], which causes the demoness to dance uncontrollably.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Teeter Dance, which in the games just confuses the target, consistently has this effect except in "Pikachu's Big Sparking Search".
** The mini-movie "Gotta Dance!" revolved around Meowth's newest invention, "The Dancin' Pokébaton", which causes all Pokemon who listen to it to uncontrollably dance.
** "Abra & The Psychic Showdown" had Sabrina's Abra (who had evolved into Kadabra), curb stomps Pikachu before forcing it to dance with its psychic abilities, just to add to its humiliation.
* ''Anime/MahoujinGuruGuru'' has items and spells which have this power.
* ''Manga/SugarSugarRune'': A Dance Candy comes in handy when you want the mandragora to willingly come out from the ground without screaming.
* The application of MindControlMusic to this is common in ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' and its sequel ''[[Manga/ViolinistOfHamelnShchelkunchik Shchelkunchik]]''. Often combined with NakedPeopleAreFunny.
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'': Big Cheese builds a MonsterOfTheWeek that can bang out a hypnotic drum beat, thus bringing the dance craze to the city.
* In the MushroomSamba episode of ''Anime/YumeNoCrayonOukoku'', one mushroom happens to be a "dancing mushroom".
* The one in ''Wagamama Fairy Manga/MirumoDePon'' can be handed over; if a victim manages to touch an unaffected person, the person will start dancing instead.
* In ''Manga/SailorMoon Super S'', a [[MonsterOfTheWeek mow]] puts a tutu on Sailor Moon and makes her spin uncontrollably.
* In ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'', both Taikoman and Jongara-kun's music is so compelling that anyone that hears it will dance against their will.
* ''Anime/ShinChan'': The 14th movie features [[KillAndReplace Kidnap and Replace]]. The difference is that the duplicate likes dancing to music. And when the duplicate dances, so does the kidnapped and captured original.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first issue of ''Brit'', the villain Master Mind takes control of hundreds of people on a stretch of highway and forces them to dance.
* ''Webcomic/ZitaTheSpacegirl'': Piper's eponymous flute can make listeners dance themselves unconscious.
* Super-Hip (Creator/DCComics) magically acquires an electric guitar which causes whoever hears it to dance uncontrollably whenever he plays rock and roll.
* In ''Action Comics'' #592, a character called Sleez (yeah, that's his name) hypnotically induces Big Barda to dance for him. Among other things...
* In ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'', The Sixth Doctor uses a pied piper ploy in order to make a group of renegade robots dance themselves away from a city.
* The Maestro, a minor foe of the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, could cause his victims to dance uncontrollably.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Creator/HansChristianAndersen's fairy tale "The Red Shoes", where a girl is punished for her vain pride over her beautiful shoes by having the shoes force her to dance uncontrollably.
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's tale "The Jew Among Thorns" includes a fiddle which compels people to dance when they hear it played.
* In Creator/JosephJacobs's ''Literature/KateCrackernuts'', TheFairFolk force the [[DistressedDude prince]] to dance until collapse, and then they force him to dance some more.
* Being compelled to attend the revels of TheFairFolk every night was one folk theory about TB: the victims wasted away because they got no sleep at night.
%%Do not add "Snow White"; a series of reflex leaps isn't quite what this trope is after.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''[[http://jeconais.fanficauthors.net/This_Means_War/index/ This Means War]]'' has Harry play a prank on the Weasley boys which involves magically forcing them to sing and dance in front of the school to Y.M.C.A.
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', Voldemort and Quirrell use the Imperio spell to make Harry dance during the song "Dance Again".
* ''Fanfic/TheRetellingOfPokemonColosseum'': In this fanfic, the DanceBattler Miror B. has a special hypnotic music player that forces everyone else to dance as well.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', the aliens make the kids' parents dance (badly) via mind control devices.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'': Robin William's character Fender uses a dance as his special "attack sequence", which causes the evil robots to join in.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Jessie has the [[TranslatedCoverVersion Spanish version]] of the ThemeTune played, so that Buzz's [[LatinLover Spanish]] [[SplitPersonality personality]] [[BrainwashResidue shows up]] and starts dancing paso doble with her.
-->'''Buzz:''' I don't know what came over me.\\
'''Jessie:''' [[InvokedTrope Just go with it, Buzz.]]
* It happens to Pinocchio in the movie ''WesternAnimation/PinocchioAndTheEmperorOfTheNight'', an unofficial sequel to the Disney movie. The circus puppet-master, Puppetino, plays an organ grinder that make Pinocchio dance and [[PuppetPermutation turn back into a puppet]].
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar uses magic to make the Sultan dance for him after the usurpation.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Forever After'': Pied Piper's flute has a dial that can be set to any known creature and makes them dance uncontrollably when he plays. The bounty hunter uses his flute to capture his quarry by forcing them to dance.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', the Maitlands try to scare off the Deetzes and their dinner guests by possessing them and forcing them to dance and lip-sync to "Day-O".
* ''Film/TheMask''. The title character sings the "Cuban Pete" song and everyone (except for Lieutenant Kellaway) starts dancing.
* The main characters in ''Film/ASimpleWish'' are forced to dance by the villain.
* ''Film/{{Legend}}''. While Lily is trapped in Darkness' lair, he sends a dancing mannequin in a black dress to seduce her. The mannequin {{Mind Control}}s her into dancing with it, eventually transforming her with an {{Evil Costume Switch}}/{{Evil Makeover}}.
* ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm''. Lady Sylvia Marsh is the vampire priestess of the title monster. When she hears a particular kind of music she starts dancing (a reference to how snakes are supposed to be charmed by music).
* ''Film/EllaEnchanted'': Ella is [[BlessedWithSuck "blessed"]] with the gift of obedience. Because of this, she is compelled to sing and dance for the entertainment of some giants after some of them yell out for her to do so.
* ''Film/HocusPocus'': The party-goers are cursed by the witch sisters to dance until they die. [[spoiler:[[NoOntologicalInertia The sisters' deaths ended the spell]], as the last scene of the movie is the people leave the party, exhausted but still alive.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': When Fourze was [[MagicallyBindingContract bound by a magic contract]] with the StudentCouncilPresident, his attempt to attack the president resulted in dancing.
* An episode of ''MIHigh'' has a villainess make her dancers wear vests which makes them do her will. Oscar ends up putting one of these on and ends up being ordered to dance around a room until Carrie gets it off him.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''
** The episode "Different Drum" features a monster who controls people to dance.
** In season 3 we have Dischordia, a monster who can make people dance uncontrollably with her singing. She had the Rangers exhausted dancing and she nearly succeeded in having Tommy give her his Power Coin.
* Near the end of ''Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger'' (adapted into ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''), a monster sprayed a beam to make {{Humongous Mecha}}s malfunction -- ''which ultimately led to NearVillainVictory''.
* ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''/''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' also had an episode where a monster controls people to dance with a flute.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': "[[Recap/SupernaturalS07E16OutWithTheOld Out With The Old]]" features a pair of cursed ballet shoes. Once you put them on, you could not stop dancing and would dance faster and faster until your ankles snapped and your feet would be torn from your body. Even more insidious, [[ArtifactOfAttraction just being near the shoes made you want to put them on]].
* In the ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' [=S1E3=] sketch "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7aaw4g2tJo The Green Clarinet]]", a mysterious stranger gives Alan an instrument that makes people sing and dance... and reveal embarrassing truths about themselves.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "[[TheTwilightZoneS3E87APianoIntheHouse A Piano in the House]]". A player piano had the ability to bring out the HiddenSelf of a person listening to its music. One of the people affected secretly loved to dance, so she danced along to the music.
* ''MyHero'': Mrs Raven hypnotizes Arnie, Ella, Piers and Stanley into performing "YMCA" and "The Birdie Dance" (and other hypno-foolish things) by {{Trigger Phrase}}s.
* In the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E10PlatosStepchildren Plato's Stepchildren]]" this happens to the crew, resulting in one of the first interracial [[KissingUnderTheInfluence kisses]] on US television.
* In the ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'' "The Maestro", the cursed antique of the week was a music box who's melody forced the listener to dance themselves to death. Death occurred either though strain on the body or dancing into deadly situations, such as out a window.
* ''Series/UltramanMebius'': Under "Hamelin Project", the earth defense team creates a MindControlDevice that can make a monster follow orders, which can be as complicated as dancing. The episode goes wrong when another monster takes control of the device and gain command of yet another monster.
* An episode of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' had a deranged unsub dislocate people's limbs in order to make living marionettes. One creepy scene has him manipulating a woman he captured to dance like a marionette.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The MusicalEpisode involves a demon who makes the residents of Sunnydale (including the Scooby Gang) reveal their innermost feelings in song and dance. Those unable to contain these feelings are compelled to dance until they [[SpontaneousHumanCombustion burn up completely]].
* This is the schtick of the Groovy Guru on ''Series/GetSmart''. Dancing is the first effect of his mind-controlling music.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra).
* In a Homer Price short story everyone in town gets [[MindVirus infected with a patter song-and-dance]] and has to start singing & dancing it. Homer realies the only cure is another song - one by Creator/MarkTwain ("Punch Brothers, Punch!"), which one forgets as soon as one tells it to someone else.
* Happens to someone in Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Manna from Heaven''.
* Happens in the ''Jiggy [=McCue=]'' series.
* The end of Creator/NikolaiGogol's "The Lost Letter": the only thing that remains following his ordeal is the fact that once a year, on the date he met the group of demons, his wife has an uncontrollable urge to dance and does, with no way of stopping her.
* In Mercedes Lackey's ''[[Literature/BardicVoices The Lark & the Wren]]'', Rune forces the elves to dance to her fiddle.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvTmiLW8V0U Do It Again]]" by Music/TheChemicalBrothers: Two brothers use the hypnotic music to help them acquire money from a bank.
* "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" by Music/TheOffspring: A plant goddess gives the peasant a magical guitar, with which he causes a scarecrow and townsfolk to start dancing uncontrollably. When he becomes selfish, the plant goddess punishes him by first forcing him to dance alone to the music, then dragging him into the ground through a whirlpool.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4kVWCSzfK4 "Where Them Girls At"]] by Music/DavidGuetta: The video shows giant bubbles which contain the song's beats, drifting across the streets of Los Angeles. When people burst the bubbles, they start dancing uncontrollably.
* According to the lyrics, it is what's happening in the clip for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDzkAmwCo6Y "Dr. Beat"]] by [[Music/GloriaEstefan Miami Sound Machine]]:
-->''Doctor\\
I've got this fever\\
That I can't control\\
That I can't control.\\
Music makes me move my body\\
Makes me move my soul\\
Makes me move my soul.''
* The music video for Music/FatboySlim's "Ya Mama ([[RefrainFromAssuming Push the Tempo]])" has a music that causes peoples to dance uncontrollably.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Norwegian elves can teach to a fiddler the Elf-king's tune, which can make old and young, and even inanimate objects, dance. It cannot be stopped unless [[NowDoItAgainBackwards the player plays the tune backwards]], or that someone comes behind him and cuts the strings of his fiddle.
* The Strömkarl has eleven different measures, to ten of which alone people may dance; the eleventh belongs to the night spirit his host. If any one plays it, tables and benches, cans and cups, old men and women, blind and lame, even the children in the cradle, begin to dance.
* In Ireland, it was believed that fairy changelings often produced a set of small bagpipes from under the clothes and played dance music upon them, till the inmates of the cottage dropped with exhaustion from the effects of the step dancing they were compelled to engage in.
* TheFairFolk's dances are very, very, very dangerous. Mortals who see them are often caught up in the dancing and are unable to stop. The lucky ones don't crumble into dust when it finally ends. One folk explanation of tuberculosis was that its victims were forced to dance every night at the fairy hills, and wasted away for the lack of sleep.
* In the Swedish legend of the Hårgadance a mysterious fiddler turned up one day in the village of Hårga during a celebration and started playing a song on his violin that made everyone dance enthusiastically. Too late, the people realized that the man, who they now saw had a goat's leg, was the Devil himself. They were unable to stop dancing and kept doing so while the fiddler led them up the nearby Hårgamountain. There, he kept playing until everyone had been killed and their bodies torn to bits by the intense dancing. The top of Hårgamountain is still flat to this day because of the wild dance.
* Sir Thomas Wallace of Craigie and Walter Whiteford come across a house in which the wife is brewing ale. The wife serves Sir Thomas a drink, however she is terrified of the Laird who looks like the Devil and refuses him entry. The Laird responds by taking a "pin" and reciting a charm he placed it above the doorway, resulting in a spell that forced the wife to dance and sing uncontrollably. The workers return from the fields and they too are in turn bewitched as they pass under the "pin", until the Laird removes it and is invited to drink by the relieved householders.
* Oberon's magic horn causes this.
* Scandinavian elves are capable of dancing a man to death.
* Slavic mythology has a rusalka, a water-nymph. Also known as a wili (see Giselle below).
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[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* There is an episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' in which Robbie is involuntarily doing the mating dance anytime he is around a girl he likes.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/irresistibleDance.htm "Otto's Irresistible Dance"]] spell.
** Grigs can play a tune on their fiddles that causes other creatures to dance uncontrollably.
** Each week, the korred have a holiday where they dance and play music. Anyone who interrupts the dance must start dancing themselves, losing 1-4 HitPoints per minute until they die, are restrained or the korred leave the area.
** Basic ''D&D'' monsters included the Tarantula, a GiantSpider whose venomous bite would cause the victim to dance incontrollably.
* The Masque of Slaanesh in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''/''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is a daemonette of Slaanesh who angered her master and was cursed to dance for all eternity. Anybody who sees her dancing is forced to dance along, even to the point of dying from exhaustion.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', Papageno's magic bells cause Monostatos and his servants to stop attempting to capture Papageno and Pamina and start dancing.
* ''Theatre/{{Giselle}}'': A girl who is jilted and dies before her wedding night is turned into a wili and seeks revenge upon men by dancing them to death.
* Some musical adaptations of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' contain the song "The Jitterbug", during which The Jitterbug puts a magical influence on the characters, forcing them to dance the Jitterbug frenetically.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': In both musicals, Hisoka uses his Bungee Gum strings to make the characters dance.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/RealmsOfArkania: Star Trail'' had a spell that would render an opponent into a wild dance, incapable of doing anything when the caster's friends move in for the coup de grace.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'': The whole plot is about the villains getting people into and Ulala rescuing them from this trope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}} Beach Volleyball'': Joka's Special Attack, Chaotic Dance; after he hits the ball, Joka's opponents will suddenly start dancing, and eventually trip.
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'': Panotti's flute.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' series has an ability called [[InconsistentDub Entice Dance/Lure Dance/Sultry Dance]] that causes the target to uncontrollably break out into a jig. Play ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII VIII]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters Monsters]]: Joker'' (or newer) to see how it works.
** In the {{roguelike}} spin-off series ''Fushigi no Dungeon'', said ability causes a [[StandardStatusEffects negative status effect]] called "Dance" that prevents a character from taking most actions.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': Lilith's Super Move, Gloomy Puppet Show; Lilith tosses a top hat at her foe, if it contacts them, they find themselves on a platform, dancing helplessly as Lilith's player taps buttons.
* ''VideoGame/LostSaga'': Capoeira's "Atabeque" makes your opponent dance towards you.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Sona's ultimate is a wave of sound that causes targets to dance uncontrollably.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' introduces the Groovitron, a miniature disco-ball shaped device that forces every NPC on the screen to dance until it runs its course. Notable in that every species/significant NPC has a unique reaction to it-- you even get a [[ThatOneAchievement skill point]] for targeting everything that ''can'' dance.
** In the sequel game, ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'', you disguise yourself as Dr. Nefarious at one point. While disguised, you can give various orders to the monsters working under you, one of which is, "Dance."
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': Yuna takes back her Garment Grid. However, as the Grid has recorded the emotions of the previous user, she finds herself dancing uncontrollably, and [[EmotionControl overcome by someone else's excitement]].
* ''VideoGame/EvilGenius'': Eli Barracuda plays a boombox with hypnotic suggestion that causes people around him to uncontrollably break out into dance.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': "The Dancer's flute" is said to have this power.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'': Cygnus Wing attacks the Amaken Science Centre causing people to dance uncontrollably in the Space Simulation, with the limited oxygen supply in the space suits threatening the lives of his victims.
* ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'': At night, you can find a group of faeries gathered near a ring of mushrooms. They want you to dance for them, and you can do so voluntarily in a serene and graceful way. Telling them "No" or [[BerserkButton walking into their ring of mushrooms]] will make them ''angry'', and they will force the hero to dance wildly until he ''dies''.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'': Compared to tabletop D&D, DDO also adds an Otto's Resistable Dance (allows a saving throw, but much lower level), and Sphere of Dancing, an area-of-effect crowd control spell that creates a [[GratuitousDiscoSequence disco ball and techno music]]. Most monsters remain vulnerable to dancing, even at high level, and all have a special dancing animation to account for it.
* ''VideoGame/ApeEscape series''
** In ''3'', the character gains Arabian-esque outfit and the control of a genie who can teleport and make monkeys dance.
** In ''Pumped & Primed'' and ''Million Monkeys'', Leo does some funky dance steps and causes everyone to be incapacitated by the light of the disco ball.
* ''VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker'' has Michael's Dance Magic SmartBomb special, which causes all enemies to dance along with him before disappearing.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' has this as a finishing move if you beat an opponent without losing you first health bar. It's hard to say if it's truly involuntary for some of the victims....
* ''Constructor'' has Hippie undesirables, which can be sent to a rival's territory to stage an impromptu street dance party, causing all characters that enter the area to start dancing. Cops will be unable to grab the Hippie for the same reason. Very useful just after damaging one of the rival's buildings with the Hippie preventing construction workers from fixing the damage before the building blows.
* ''Videogame/SuperHeroSquadOnline'': Several power attacks will make enemy characters dance for a few seconds, leaving them vulnerable to attack while preventing them from attacking you.
* ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Lord of the Rings]]'': Equipping the Mithril Disco Phial will play a disco song & make the characters around you dance. This continues until you put the Phial away.
** It also changes the music to an electronic StupidStatementDanceMix using lines from all three movies.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantis]] manages to accidentally discover this power in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''. Later, when the group is assigned to Shadow Moses, Mantis uses this to control ''every single troop'' they have available.
* In an episode of ''Comics in Disguise'', [[http://www.comicsindisguise.com/comics/2006/comic4.html Cliffjumper replaces Ironhide's battle program with a ballet program]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* There is a {{Creepypasta}} story, [[http://www.creepypastaindex.com/creepypasta/the-song-and-dance-man "The Song and Dance Man"]], that has this as its major plot.
* ''Series/FlandersCompany''. This is the primary superpower of wannabe supervillain Kevin (along with creating his own music and light effects). His "groove" is so intense that when he start dancing, others feel compelled to follow. He mostly aims at incapacitation, though he uses the power once to drag an opponent [[DestinationDefenestration through a window]]. Unfortunately, a strong-willed enough enemy (like Sadoman) can break the influence, and then it gets painful for Kevin.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Tenshirock the hacker's s favorite means of making player's life hell is to block their avatar in dancing mode. And if the player happens to have gotten on his bad side recently, they'll be lucky if their avatar is wearing anything else than underwear (webseries and novels) or a silly costume (comic) during the process.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': When King Julien's "groove" is magically transferred to Skipper, he starts dancing uncontrollably. Later he becomes a DanceBattler.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E16Duffless Duffless]]: In a DreamSequence Bart wins first prize at a ScienceFair with a Go-Go Ray which makes people dance.
** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS19E13TheDebarted The Debarted]]: Bart puts pieces of metal in Principal Skinner's shoes, then uses magnets under the school stage to make him move & dance around.
** [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E20LastTapDanceInSpringfield Last Tap Dance in Springfield]]: Professor Frink puts a clap-activated device in Lisa's dancing shoes to give her dancing skills. But when the audience at her dance recital applauds her dancing she dances more, and they applaud more, and she dances more-more, and they applaud more-more, etc.
* On the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Trick or Treat'', a witch casts a spell on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck after he [[SwallowTheKey swallows the key]] to the pantry where he hid all the Halloween candy. The spell made his feet dance and kick in an attempt to remove the key, while the witch accompanied on the banjo.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has an episode where she and Ron end up hypnotised and end up being ordered to dance by Señor Senior Junior.
* In the WesternAnimation/PorkyPig ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''The Wearing of the Grin'', Porky is forced to put on some green shoes which make him dance through a nightmare landscape.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E6TheCutiePox The Cutie Pox]] is an illness which causes random cutie marks to appear all over the ponies' bodies, forcing them to continually perform the talents that came with them. One of the marks which afflicted Apple Bloom is a red shoe (representing tap dancing), a ShoutOut to ''[[Creator/HansChristianAndersen The Red Shoes]]''.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel "The Magic Duel"]], Trixie makes Pinkie Pie dance with a spell.
** An interesting variation occurs briefly occurs in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E11ThreesACrowd "Three's A Crowd"]]. Near the end of Discord's song "Glass of Water", he makes Twilight Sparkle dance ''with him''. It's a little [[FoeYay unsettling]].
* In an episode of ''PinkyAndTheBrain'', both mice are subjected to Pavlovian conditioning, and every time a bell rings, Pinky does ThatRussianSquatDance while Brain sings "I'm A Little Teapot" complete with actions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'': The Doom Dancer Music Box made anyone who could hear it dance uncontrollably. This became a plot point as Koopa, who had a cold, couldn't hear it and thus wasn't affected when Bully tried it on him.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' has [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute a magic flute]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Smurfette's dancing shoes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'': Comet Guy has a WeaksauceWeakness: the sound of a bell makes him dance, and he cannot stop dancing until he hears a whistle.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': In "[[Recap/PhineasAndFerbOutOfToon Out of Toon]]", Doofenshmirtz attempted to create a ray that would dry his clothes after his dryer broke, but instead made one that made anything hit with it dance.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'': This is one of the first things Tooley does with the people wearing Kane Safety Suits. Later, this happens to him when he's in a suit that was hacked by the Burners.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' (the 2008 series): Every time Ape hears the sound of Mitch's bongos, he dances uncontrollably which results in mass insanity and the destruction of their Tree House.
* An episode of ''Make Way for Noddy'' has Sly and Gobbo sell the inhabitants of Toyland a dust which everyone puts on their feet that makes them dance whenever Sly and Gobbo play music from a box. This allows them to commit crimes in Toyland while everyone is dancing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTRex'': MindControlMusic makes everybody obsessed with dancing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Rude Boy and the Ska-Tastics hypnotizes partygoers at the local nightclub to dance to their music.
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* This is actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania real phenomenon]].
* This suggestion is common in stage hypnosis.
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