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"You're an angry dancer. I'm the same way."
A person gets angry and then dances in order to express that anger.
Almost always Narm
and fabulously so.
A Dance Battler
takes this trope to a logical conclusion, by beating people to death while grooving. If a sizable number of a Cargo Cult
is doing this, it is likely a War Dance they're doing to hype themselves up into battle.
Contrast with Happy Dance
and Mating Dance
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Films — Animation
- In Happy Feet, Mumble angry-dances at Gloria when they have their lover's quarrel. Bonus points for scuffing snow at her.
Films — Live-Action
- Footloose's overwrought warehouse sequence - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc8crnqKEns
- Hot Rod parodies the sequence from Footloose.
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch. That's enough anger for several inches.
- In The Breakfast Club, Andrew does this. Oddly enough, it's his reaction to getting stoned.
- Sunday School Musical, where the main character gets bad news and goes to the roof to briefly dance around all mad
- Stomp. Angry Black Men dance about.
- In Dil To Pagal Hai, a Bollywood movie, the Un Lucky Childhood Friend dances in anger. It was called the "Dance of Envy".
- The Bring It On series, most specifically, the "Krumping" from Bring It On: All or Nothing.
- Billy Elliot managed to actually pull this trope off well, in the scene where he's angry-tapdancing to "A Town Called Malice" by the Jam.
- High School Musical
- Zac Efron with "Bet on It", from High School Musical 2, one of the most Narmtastic scenes of all time.
- He may have topped that one with the third movie's absolutely ridiculous "Scream".
- One of the last scenes of Swing Kids has Robert Sean Leonard doing one of these.
- The Popeye movie has Bluto doing this, singing about how mean he is, and tearing down the Oyl family house all at once.
- In Once Were Warriors "Boogie Heke" does a Haka in an very powerful scene. Definitely not Narm.
- "Bret's Angry Dance" from Flight of the Conchords. This song is instrumental, and is played when Bret starts dancing to vent his anger on being fired from the band. The dance closely follows the style of Kevin Bacon's angry dance in Footloose.
- On 30 Rock, Liz suggests that a former classmate is gay at a class reunion. He replies by saying "I'm so mad all I can do is dance," and begins to do so.
- Peep Show: "Great. Now I'm getting an angry lap dance."
- Mad Men: Ken (of all people) does an angry tapdance◊ in the episode "The Crash." He has the cane because he hurt his foot in a car crash caused by SCDP's client, and he's hopped up on some kind of drugs given to the whole office by a Dr. Feelgood type of guy, so he is not brimming with the milk of human kindness, but after all, IT'S HIS JOB!
- Subverted in Bunheads. Sasha has a dream sequence in which she expresses her anger towards her parents constant fighting and their emotional neglect of her in a dark and sensual dance but it's set to the light bouncy tune and silly lyrics of They Might Be Giants "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)".
- Lampshaded in Ally McBeal when John gets furious at Nelle for being a snobby Rich Bitch. He dances frantically in his office and Richard comes in. He points out to John that it's his Angry Dance. John replies that HE'S ANGRY!
- Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield".
- Madonna's video for "Human Nature".
- Michael Jackson: Virtually every music video since Billie Jean.
- The infamous "Panther Ending" from Black or White.
Myths & Religion
- Happens a lot in Hindu Mythology. The God Shiva, who is both the God the Destroyer and the God of Dance, danced a spectacularly angry dance, called Rudra Tandava, when his wife Sati immolated herself. It does not end too well for her tormentors.
- Billy Elliot has an Act 1 Finale entitled "Angry Dance".
- In Follies, Buddy goes into an angry dance twice in "The Right Girl."
- The Waltz for Eva and Che in Evita
- Michael Jackson seemed to do this a lot, in his music videos mentioned above, but most specifically in his video game, where he can defeat Mooks with his "Dance Magic".
- In season 1 episode 5, the Bullies (minotaur-like brutes) start a dance clearly reminiscent of a Haka before charging.
- So do the Sadida warriors in season 1 episode 19.
- The Maori, the native people of New Zealand, have the War Haka, famously used by the "All Blacks" rugby union team. They perform a war dance before each game. Unlike many of the other examples, this is absolutely intimidating and has no Narm about it in the least.
- The Hawaii [Rainbow] Warriors, football team of the University of Hawaii, do a Haka before games, as do several other American college football teams with significant numbers of Pacific Islander players.