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).



[[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.
** This is one of Fine's Supers in ''VideoGame/MagicalChaserStardustOfDreams''.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': The anime-only twins Linlin and 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 a 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.
* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': "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 (Carmen)'s[[note]]who previously only had a minor appearance in ''[[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries The Series]]''[='=] GrandFinale, ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch''[[/note]] ability to be 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 [[spoiler: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}}''
** "[[Recap/PokemonS1E22AbraAndThePsychicShowdown Abra and 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. Then Ash escaped from her with the help of a mysterious man, who also displayed telekinesis by controlling Ash's body in a similar manner.
** Team Rocket's Mark Three Manner Minder, a machine in "Outrageous Fortunes" that allows them to control anybody who wears it, eventually flies onto Jessie and Meouth has a little fun controlling her body.
** 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.
** Teeter Dance, which in the games just confuses the target, consistently has this effect except in "Pikachu's Big Sparking Search".
* ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' has items and spells which have this power. Nike and Kukuri also enter a village where everyone is forced to move in a dance like manner by monster. Once the monster is defeated everyone's back to normal, though the mayor takes a while.
* ''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.
* ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'': 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.
* In ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', this is the effect that the Hawaiian Aloha ʻOe attack that Cure Princess uses in her Macadamia Hula Dance form: making everyone, friend and foe, dance the hula. Unless you're Cure Fortune.
* ''Anime/TheSnowqueen2005'': In the episode based on "Red Shoes" which ends with disastrous consequences.
* [[IdolSinger Zero the Glint]] from ''Anime/BattleSpiritsSaikyoGingaUltimateZero'' hypes up the spectators in this way before summoning his yellow Ultimate.
* The ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' chapter "Passion of the Red Shoes" centers on a pair of cursed red high heels which cause Lum to dance uncontrollably.
* ''Manga/{{Papuwa}}'': Nikko Monkey King's drum is compelling and it is NotHyperbole for [[OnlySaneMan Shintaro]]. Played with when it turns out to be hyperbole for everyone else.

[[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 Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, could cause his victims to dance uncontrollably.
* ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'': The book that was also Franchise/TheSmurfs' first appearance was about a magic flute that causes this... up to the point that the victims fall unconscious.

[[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.

[[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.
* ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'': Ponies who hear a [[Myth/SlavicMythology rusalka’s]] song are forced to dance with it until they miss a step and the rusalka kills them, or until it gets bored and kills them anyway.
* ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops:'' One of the ''My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' Loops has Twilight Sparkle use the Disco Phial (see Video Games), given to her by Smaug, on Nightmare Moon. Then she notices that everyone else is being made to dance as well.

[[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/ShrekForeverAfter'': The 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. He teaches some witches a lesson by forcing them to ''break dance''. Later he singlehandedly defeats the BadassArmy of Ogres with a full choreography and a conga line straight to Rumpelstiltskin's castle.
* In the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses'', Duchess Rowena uses the magical flower to wish that Genevieve dance forever. But the wish backfires after Genevieve fans the flower dust back at her. When her servant tries to help her, he is pulled into the dance, too, and the two villains dance out of the castle.
* In WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePinkShoes the Snow Queen uses her magic to make Hailey to dance the "Dance of the Doll", but Hailey fights her magic and dances herself free from her control.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Used several times in Creator/FredAstaire's movies:
** In ''Film/FlyingDownToRio'', he apparently can't stop his feet from moving when he hears the band practicing, even though he's in the middle of lecturing the ChorusGirls on the importance of concentration.
** In ''Film/TopHat'', Jerry claims to be suffering from a medical condition that causes this. He tells Dale hopefully that the nurses always cure it by putting their arms around him.
** In ''Film/{{Carefree}}'', Tony hypnotizes Amanda, and she dances with him in a trance.
** In the ShowWithinAShow in ''The Barkleys of Broadway,'' Josh is forced to dance by a pair of magical shoes (a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheRedShoes1948'' -- the movie had come out the previous year).
* 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|1985}}''. 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 EvilCostumeSwitch[=/=]EvilMakeover.
* ''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.]]
* From ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', after the Wicked Witch of the West makes her first public appearance: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner "May I have this dance?"]]
* The climax of ''Film/RubySparks'' has [[spoiler:Ruby forced to... do several stuff, including [[FanDisservice a striptease]].]]

* ''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'': The JIG spell, by playing a bamboo flute, allows you to give enemies the uncontrollable urge to dance a merry jig. It is easy to exhaust a creature or provide time to escape this way.

[[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 ''Series/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/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'': The MonsterOfTheWeek of the "Karakasa Dance Queen" episode is a humanoid {{Karakasa}} that tricks two pranksters into getting Saizo, Sekai, and Jiraiya to put on shoes that forces them to dance at her command.
* ''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 T"he Green Clarinet,"]] a mysterious stranger gives Alan an instrument that makes people sing and dance... and reveal embarrassing truths about themselves.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' TOS episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E87APianoIntheHouse A Piano in the House]]". A player piano had the ability to bring out what's BeneathTheMask of a person listening to its music. One of the people affected secretly loved to dance, so she danced along to the music.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/{{Knightmare}}'': The 'DANCE' spell. Also inflicted, a few series later, by Elita's Pan pipes.
* ''Series/LazyTown'':
** In the episode "Remote Control", Robbie Rotten makes Sportacus dance the "cha cha cha" with help from a remote control that controls everything.
** Happens again in a episode called "Defeeted", where Robbie tricks Sportacus into wearing remote controlled boots. Later, when Sportacus is performing a stunt, Robbie activates the shoes and makes him trip and dance everywhere.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}:'' This happens to Batgirl after a bout with some Cossack thugs. They do get savvy after a while and use their sabers to force her into a little dance (well, Yvonne Craig ''was'' a trained dancer).

* ''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/TheLarkAndTheWren'', Rune forces the elves to dance to her fiddle.
* In ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'', [[GrimReaper Death]] once collected a soul at a party where someone had broken out a badly-enchanted guitar and pair of dancing shoes. They conferred superhuman playing and dancing skill respectively, but made no allowance for the performer having had enough, and the out-of-shape woman who tried the shoes suffered a fatal heart attack.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* "[[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.
* Music/SteamPoweredGiraffe, while performing the song "The Sound Of Tomorrow". The Jon would start playing and the other bots would dance uncontrollably, much to their dismay. Can be seen here [[http:www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdeBOXhz43M]].
* "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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAEil3_D03k "Dr. Beat"]] by [[Music/GloriaEstefan Miami Sound Machine]]:
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.
* In the music video for Avicii's "Levels," an unknown substance causes its victims to dance uncontrollably.
* {{Zigzagged|Trope}} in the full video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://youtu.be/xfvtPTvuFTA Drama for Life]]," where a singer is the PeoplePuppet of his MadArtist GhostInTheMachine, but as per the lyrics, the singer has resolved a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind by striking a compromise and becoming a WillingChanneler, {{exploit|ed Trope}}ing and refining his one-time EnemyWithin's loose choreography into something more precise.
* Music/KateBush's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zB_kgWpC5o The Red Shoes]]" is inspired by Creator/HansChristianAndersen's story of the same name. In the video she is tricked into putting on a pair of red ballet shoes which cause her to dance uncontrollably.
-->''She gotta dance, she gotta dance\\
And she can't stop 'till them shoes come off\\
These shoes do, a kind of voodoo\\
They're gonna make her dance 'till her legs fall off''

[[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.
* The Pied Piper was hired to get rid of the rats in Hamelin. When the townsfolk refused to pay him, he played his music for the children of the town, leading them dancing away from the town, never to be seen again.

[[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.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The spell [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/irresistibleDance.htm "Otto's Irresistible Dance"]] force the victim to dance for a short time. It's quite high-level because it allows NoSavingThrow.
** The Boots of Dancing are a cursed item that act like another kind of useful magic boots until the wearer is in combat. Then he starts dancing against his will, and the boots can't be removed without magic.
** 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 includes the tarantella, a GiantSpider whose venomous bite would cause the victim to dance uncontrollably.
* The Masque of Slaanesh in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''/''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' 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.

* In the 2017-version of ''Theatre/Portal2TheUnauthorizedMusical'', [=GLaDOS=] does this to Chell, Wheatley and the other cores during "[[IAmSong I'm]] [[VillainSong Alive]]". She treats them like PeoplePuppets, forcing them to dance with her and bow to her. They are visibly distressed by this, going as far as to [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal pull, push and pound]] on their own legs in an attempt to get them unstuck from the ground.
* 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.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The finale of the former ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]] involved King Goobot forcing the riders (or at least the vehicles they're sitting in) to do the chicken dance via a remote control.

[[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. In the first game it's an alien invasion. In the second game it's robots controlled by a GadgeteerGenius who's enslaving people so they can serve as a power source for his dance-powered laser.
* ''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 negative [[StandardStatusEffects 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 for several seconds, long enough for your team-mates to land a killing blow (or escape, depending on the tide of battle).
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' introduces the Groovitron, a miniature disco-ball shaped device that forces every enemies on the screen to dance until it runs its course. Notable in that every species and even 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 robots 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....
* ''VideoGame/{{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.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' has the Dubstep Gun, where if it's fired, every nearby person and even the cars will dance. Even the ''corpses'' dance if the gun is pointed at them!
* In ''VideoGame/GoatSimulator'', one of the special Mutations is [[Music/{{Deadmau5}} Deadgoa7]]. This mutation's special ability involved everyone nearby entering their dance animation no matter what they're doing at that moment.
* ''VideoGame/{{Onechanbara}} Z Kagura With [=NoNoNo=]!'': Part of [[VideoGame/DreamCClub NoNoNo]]'s power is to [[TheDeadCanDance forcibly make zombies and other abomination dance with her]].
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman'': Manannan's idea of punishing Gwydion is to force him to do the [[Music/VillagePeople Y.M.C.A. dance]].
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' series: Pullum Purna's Meteor Combo.
* The ending to ''VideoGame/StarWarsDroidWorks'' has you [[spoiler:reprogram an army of assassin droids into dancing droids]].
* Similar to Sona from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' above, E.T.C. from ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' has an ultimate that forces nearby enemies to dance for a while as he jams his guitar. He himself also cannot move during the show, but at least his team mates still can.
** A talent upgrade at lv20 lets him powerslide while doing it to catch stragglers. An alternate upgrade causes him to use it upon death, rocking on from beyond the grave.
* [[spoiler:Edel Bernal]] from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' is in fact an ArtificialHuman with a TriggerPhrase implanted. The creator reveals this as he commands his puppet to bark and dance in the middle of the final battle.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'': The ever-popular "Disco Mode" cheat code in the first game would make all the regular enemies dance and never attack you. Including the dinosaurs.
* ''VideoGame/VictorVran'': Going too close to the dancing skeletons makes Victor stuck in a dancing animation identical to theirs (which is... the Music/GangnamStyle dance), which makes him unable to attack (though he still can move). The effects disappears after a couple of seconds if he manages to go far enough (easier said than done, since they follow him).
* In ''VideoGame/DragonballXenoverse'', Para Para Boogie from Dragon Ball GT appears under the name "Dancing Parapara" as a Super Skill. Like its debut appearance, its main purpose is to leave the opponent wide open to either a follow-up attack or an allied fighter.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' DLC "Claptrap's New Robot Revolution", when Commandant Steele is brought back to life as a half-Claptrap cyborg, she finds out, much to her frustration, that TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody and she can't stop herself from dancing near-constantly as Claptraps tend to do. The other dead bosses that were similarly brought back to life don't have this problem for some reason.
* Luigi's Final Smash in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' and Ashley in the fourth game use an AreaOfEffect power inducing several side effects to players caught in it, one of them forcing the characters to perform a taunt.
* One of the enemies in the original ''VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl'' is a hula dancer that will make Toejam and Earl dance uncontrollably for a few seconds if they get too close to her. There's also the Boombox item, which will distract Earthlings by making them dance.
* Merasmus the Magician from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' randomly casts curses on players, one of which is "DANCE OFF".
* Saturn Dyer in ''VideoGame/StarGladiator'' has a super move that forces his opponent to dance along with him... only to receive a whack on the head once they are done!
* In ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings 2]]'', a rare event can get your character infected by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania dancing plague]], which can cause you to die of exhaustion.

[[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]].
* An unthreatening version of this trope occurs in {{Webcomic/Sheldon}}, where [[Music/TheBeeGees "Stayin' Alive"]] [[http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/051204.html has the power]] to make ''anyone'' get down.

[[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 incapacitating, 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.

[[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.
* ''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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' has [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute a magic flute]] and [[Recap/TheSmurfsS1E38SmurfettesDancingShoes 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]]", Dr. 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. As Perry the Platypus tries to destroy the ray, it goes out of control and hits Doofenshmirtz and Perry, causing them to dance together.
-->'''Dr. Doofenshmirtz:''' To add insult to injury, the platypus is leading.
* ''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.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' Porky Pig short "The Wearing of the Grin", two {{Leprechaun}}s make Porky wear Green Shoes that make him dance an Irish jig uncontrollably. Fortunately for Porky, it was AllJustADream. [[OrWasItADream (Well, maybe...)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': The piglets put this spell on Jake and the Mushroom People in "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS2E13ThePods The Pods]]".
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'', Amber purposely gives Sofia trick shoes which make her dance oddly. They are not [[ClingyMacGuffin clingy]] themselves, but it is hard to take them off while forced to do a leg lift.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "Never Say Nefir", a dancing rhinoceros was destroying the city of Getzistan every night because of the magic shoes that forced him to dance uncontrollably whenever he heard music. Sultan's contractor Nefir was the culprit, and he later put magic shoes on Genie in an attempt to destroy the city twice as fast. Aladdin and his friends played soft music (making them dance away softly) and Nefir had his imps play louder and faster (making them dance too fast), which caused their shoes to explode. The next day, Nefir and his imps were forced to dance with the shoes in the floor show.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Guitar Villain's primary attack on civilian victims is to make them dance against their will to his rock tunes.
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'': In "[[Recap/MikeLuAndOgS2E15FlusteringFootwearFlotsam Flustering Footwear Flotsam]]", Og wears red tap shoes that for some reason, cause him to dance non-stop.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Cyborg is subjected to one [[BalefulPolymorph as a bear]] in "[[Recap/TeenTitansS3E11BunnyRaven Bunny Raven]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 132, Kaeloo forces Mr. Cat to join her and the others in having fun by turning on some Zumba music. He ties himself to a tree in order to escape, but the roes break and he soon finds himself involuntarily doing Zumba with them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is actually a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania real phenomenon]].
* This suggestion is common in stage hypnosis.
* Tarantulas got their name from the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantella Tarantella dance]]. Sufferers of spider bites believed that dancing would combat the venom (in reality, the bites in question mostly came from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycosa_tarantula Lycosa Tarantulas]], which are not true tarantulas and whose venom is mostly harmless to humans). This led to an odd hysterical behaviour known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarantism Tarantism]], where spider bite sufferers would dance in a frenzy until collapsing from exhaustion.