Angry Dance

"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.

See also:

Contrast with Happy Dance and Mating Dance.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In Hate, Buddy and Valerie are at a party after one of their bigger fights, and the drunker she gets, the more out of control she gets, and eventually she starts dancing:
    "C'mon, you faggots! I'll dance with anyone who's name isn't Buddy Bradley!"

    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 

    Live-Action TV 
  • "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 "The Crash" episode. 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 the They Might Be Giants version of "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!
  • In Pretty Little Liars Hanna pulls off one while prepping for the talent portion of a pagent. She was supposed to demostrate her skill to her coach, but instead she loses it in a Narm fit of rage crumping. Only barely Makes Sense In Context.
  • Mike Chang has one in Glee after his father forbids him from participating in the school production of West Side Story, and from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional dancer.
  • Barry in The Goldbergs suggests that Erica do one like on Footloose, even though she complains that there's no such thing as angry dancing. He procedes to demonstrate by recreating Kevin Bacon's warehouse dance in the school gym.

    Music Videos 
  • Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield", starting here.
  • Madonna's video for "Human Nature".
  • Michael Jackson: Virtually every music video since Billie Jean.
    • The infamous "Panther Ending" from Black or White.
  • Played straight in Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself", in which a couple's passive-aggressive fighting over tiny things—hogging the blanket, making the bed, one closing the refrigerator just as the other tries to look in it—is elaborately choreographed.

    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.

    Puppet Shows 

  • 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
  • Curiously not present in Footloose.

    Video Games 
  • 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".

    Western Animation 
  • Wakfu
    • 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.
  • Bob's Burgers: Bob freaks out their deranged house guest when he tells him that he was never a mannequin, and the mannequin he loves is probably in a dump somewhere. Linda is furious at Bob.
    Linda: Oh, I'm so mad I could stomp!
    Gene: Do it, Mom! Do the stompy dance! She's doing it!
  • Gravity Falls brings us Sev'ral Timez. They are a batch of genetically engineered clones created for the purpose of being the perfect boy band. When Mabel demands that her friends be removed from the premises, the clones throw them out of her room by dancing agressively and causing them to back out of the doorway.

    Real Life 
  • 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.
  • 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.