The special DVD-only episode of .hack//SIGN, .hack//UNISON, which effectively concluded the original Morganna saga, consisted primarily of various characters from the series and the games gathering for a grand party, which culminates in an all-out dance.
The ends of later arcs in One Piece tend to have these. They ARE pirates, after all. Though there usually is some dancing when there is music involved, their parties revolve more around eating (especially in Luffy's case) and getting drunk, however.
Half-Lampshaded in the ending to the Axis Powers Hetalia movie. One of the lines in the song was "Let's Dance!"
Played around with at the end of Dragon Ball Z, which features a filler episode entitled "Where Are You, Goku? Everyone's Partying!" during the conclusion of the Buu saga. It's not the very last episode, but it is the last one before things cut to the three-episode epilogue 10 years later that close it out.
Carl Barks's In Old California...Sort of, in a rather bittersweet manner. Donald Duck and his nephews mighthave gone back in time to Spanish-ruled California and befriended a charming little family. Once they return to the present, they go where the family hacienda was...to find nothing but ruins, since the family, if it really existed, is of course long gone. So they erupt in dance and singing, as a way to honor the family they learned so much from...Just in time for someone to pass by and mumble about these "crazy tourists!"
Film - Animated
Toy Story 2, with Wheezy singing "You Got A Friend In Me"
Toy Story 3 has two separate dance parties in the credits:
One is of the Sunnyside daycare toys dancing; it is implied that once they got rid of Lotso, they could all enjoy the place without fear of reprisal from him. In turn, several of the toys, including former minions of Lotso, were having a big dance party, with "We Belong Together" playing. A happy ending indeed.
The other is Buzz and Jessie dancing to a Spanish version of "You Got A Friend In Me."
Despicable Me, with the girls' just-for-Gru ballet recital turning into a disco party. Vector dances along on the moon.
The ending of Despicable Me 2 had the main characters dance to the YMCA, as sung by a group of Village People minions ([[The Runt at the End and one Carmen Miranda minion).
Beauty and the Beast... which, due to a tight production schedule, actually reused the animation from Sleeping Beauty and simply drew Belle and the Prince over Aurora and Phillip.
Mulan ends with Mushu and the ancestors dancing to "True to your Heart".
A variation: Frozen ends with a skating party, as Elsa turns the courtyard into a skating rink and skates with Anna and Olaf. A bit of a Bookend with the beginning of the movie, where we see Elsa and Anna playing with Olaf as children.
Rio ends with the birds dancing (in the air!) and singing just like at the start of the movie, overlapping with Book Ends.
Then again, with the love of dance and samba the birds of Rio have, you can't say you were not expecting this.
The first film had the wedding reception held at the end. Everyone danced to the Smash Mouth cover of "I'm a Believer", sung by Donkey. The home video and DVD releases added a Karaoke Dance Party sequence on top of this.
The ending of Shrek 2: dancing to "Livin' La Vida Loca".
Shrek the Third is the sole movie in the franchise that doesn't technically end with a dance party. It gets relegated to the credits where Donkey and Puss do a duet of "Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself."
Night at the Museum ends with a dance party held to celebrate that the exhibits were saved from losing the MacGuffin that made them come to life at night.
Get Over It features a dance party led by supporting character Sisqo. He partners with Vitamin C to do a cover of "September." The rest of the cast, including future big stars Kirsten Dunst, Ben Foster, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, and, yes, Carmen Electra get together for a five-minute boogie over the closing credits.
Girl Walks Into A Bar ends with three of the main leads dancing in a bar.
The Great Outdoors ends with Dan Aykroyd and the cast dancing in the hotel's bar to the song "Land of 1,000 Dances."
Harriet the Spy finished with the characters dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing".
Hitch ends with the cast dancing to an upbeat song at a wedding.
The Holiday ends with the two couples and their kids dancing around a Christmas tree.
Mother has one of the most gut-wrenching examples of this. The protagonist’s mother is on a bus tour meant for showing gratitude for mothers; all the other mothers are dancing happily, while she sits in her place, horrified at what she’d gone through, namely trying to clear her son’s name and ending up killing the only witness who can testify that he was guilty and hearing her amnesiac son recalling she tried to murder him and kill herself. She then uses the needles she can use to erase memories on herself and joins the party.
The ending to the 1993 film of Much Ado About Nothing involves the entire cast, including the extras, getting down outside a villa in Italy. It's HUGE.
Rat Race ended with all the characters dancing (and then stage-diving) at a Smash Mouth concert as the band played "All Star."
The credits to Sister Act 2 has the characters dancing and singing to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
Not quite at the end, but the climax of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze had our boys in green fighting the Foot Clan in a dance club, then getting up on stage to sing and dance with Vanilla Ice.
The Brady Bunch Movie ends with the Bradys dancing around in their squares while also engaging in miscellaneous shenanigans (eg, Marcia simultaneously appears in both her square and Jan's, Carol and Mike get kinky with a bottle of Wesson vegetable oil).
The Smurfs 2 ends with the Smurfs dancing to Britney Spears' "Ooh La La" at Smurfette's birthday party.
French Cancan, after spending most of the film showing how the Moulin Rouge and its trademark dance were created, ends with a nine-minute performance of the cancan interspersed with all the plot threads coming together. And it is AWESOME.
Trevor Nunn's film of Twelfth Night ends with dancing at Olivia's wedding.
The fairly bittersweet ending of Zorba The Greek involves something like this. Throughout the film, Zorba dances whenever he feels unhappy, his way of diverting negative feelings into something greater. After everything the characters have sought to accomplish comes to naught, Basil, the main character, decides he enjoyed the experience anyway, and asks Zorba to teach him the dance he does. The final scene is the two dancing, turning a sad moment into a celebration.
In the Castle episode "Last Call", after solving the case, the cast leaves together to share a drink at "The Old Haunt" while singing the theme song to Cheers.
Appears in the Scrubs episodes "My Bright Idea", where Carla becomes pregnant, and "My Cold Shower", after Keith proposes to Elliot, as everyone dances at the local bar. Subverted when, after what is otherwise a happy occasion, we see JD taking a cold shower thinking "It should have been me."
The Prisoner: In a defining moment for British television, and one the most notorious pre-Gainax Gainax Ending sequences, almost the entire second half of the final episode is a Dance Party Ending. Really. Then, credits.
Saturday Night Live was known for this trope, especially during the late '80s; when the writers couldn't think of a way to end a sketch, they'd have the characters shout, "Let's Lambada!" Frequently happened on Wayne's World and Sprockets.
Dieter: Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance!
This trope isn't limited to visual media. Sometimes albums end with songs about dancing!
"Dance, Dance, Dance" finished I'm With You by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, putting a cheery ending to an otherwise dark latter half of the album.
"Stay Young Go Dancing" by Death Cab for Cutie finishes Codes and Keys. This is likely intentional— Ben Gibbard had wanted to write happier music at the time, and even if it doesn't apply to the rest of the album, it certainly applies to this song.
Blue Moves, one of Elton John's darker albums, ends with the exuberant "Bite your Lip (Get Up and Dance)".
The ending to Bananarama's "Cruel Summer" video. Complete with bonfire.
Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight." Not only did it end with a party (with all of Bocephus' rowdy friends), the party went on (by some accounts) for at least three days after shooting for the video ended.
Many Renaissance Festivals conclude a day at the faire with a Pub Sing or a similar musical finale in which the various musical acts and members of the Village Ensemble lead everyone in song and dance. The festival's monarch (King Henry VIII or Queen Elizabeth I at most Ren faires) usually attends. There's much singing and dancing, and the audience is invited to sing and dance along. Of course, towards the end of the Pub Sing/finale, there's often a soft, sentimental song such as "Wild Mountain Thyme" to let the audience know the merriment for today is nearly over.
Many operas with happy endings have the ensemble do a short dance, especially the 18th-century ones labeled "tragedia con lieto fine" (Mozart's Idomeneo being a good example).
Gilbert and Sullivan, oh yes they do! With laughing song and merry dance!
There is some evidence to suggest that in William Shakespeare's day, many plays (including tragedies) ended with all the players getting up and doing a rollicking jig for the audience. The evidence for this includes:
The play within a play (which is a tragedy) in A Midsummer Night's Dream. And after it, in place of the epilogue, Theseus asks them for their Bergomask, which is a rustic country dance. After they've gone to bed, the fairies show up and have a dance party of their own.
Most Greek and Roman comedies end up with a reconciliation of the antagonists and an actual or symbolic wedding, which included dancing.
Space Channel 5 is a series that is all about dancing. The entirety of both games, start to finish, has the characters (all background characters included) dancing along with the music, since it's a rhythm game. The second game ends with, after just defeating a bad guy whose entire M.O. was getting the entire galaxy to dance, the entire galaxy breaking out into dance in order to lead into the credits. Every character from the game is seen dancing in parade format down a rainbow summoned, presumably, from the power of dance, right through space.
Parodied in Banjo Tooie, when all your allies get together and and have a dance party...before you fight the final boss. They won't let you join until you've finished saving the world. Then once you go back after defeating Gruntilda, the party's already over and they've eaten all the food. So they celebrate instead by playing hackey-sack with Gruntilda's skull.
The original game did this too, after you rescue Tooty... who then berates you after the credits to get off your lazy ass and go finish off Gruntilda.
Super Mario RPG ends with the Mushroom Kingdom throwing a parade while the credits roll.
Given the game's concept, Dance Dance Revolution has done this in its credit rolls a few times. The earliest one was just a black screen with the chosen character dancing, but later versions have featured dance-themed endings; including SuperNOVA 2 (which mainly had some space related imagery interspersed with some shots of the characters), the Hottest Party series (which has usually involved silhouettes of a dancer), X (which had live action scenes of people playing the game itself), and X2.
However, at the same time they've managed to subvert this too; the Japanese console version of Extreme started with an acoustic version of "Graduation" accompanied by the title screens of all the major arcade versions, but then switched to gameplay footage from past versions (which did have characters, a feature dropped from arcade versions on DDRMAX, but backported into the home versions)
The Typing Of The Dead has a bunch of zombies in glass tubes at the end — but if you type out the names in the credits, they bust out and do their best Thriller impression.
'Splosion Man has this as its finale — by 'Splosion Man cosplayers, no less.
The Wheel of Time computer game had this after the end credits. Watching a Myrddraal dance is pretty disturbing, actually.
Bayonetta has a very long dance sequence at the end involving Bayonetta dancing with just about every character in the game.
Jet Force Gemini subverts, parodies, or does something to this trope, seeing as it first ends with a standard award ceremony celebration with fireworks and trumpets and the usual sort... and after a fadeout and a record scratch, Juno is hilariously badly getting down with his bad self in a nightclub the team visited earlier as the credits roll. His teammates, Vela and Lupus, are too embarrassed of him to join.
The Neverhood ends with Hoborg, king of the Neverhood, first making some more people—since he and Klaymen don't really make for a "party" by themselves. Then the party itself happens. "And now it is time... to GOOF OFF!"
Outcast (1999). Complete enough of the game and it's side quests and you get a secret dance credits for the cast. Once the game ends, it shows the percentage you've achieved. Something above 90 % is required.
Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge ends with Pumpkinhead dancing around after you give him the item meant to "quell his soul". Notably, the actor in the suit had to remove the feet in order to do so. It counts since he's the last surviving character. It's also enough to drive you to madness.
In MySims Kingdom, while you certainly haven't completed all the available tasks, the reward for achieving level 5 is your own island, named <player name>'s Island — which looks suspiciously like the Isle of Magic — where you can build without using Mana. Your receipt of this reward is kicked off by a dance party attended by every Sim on each island you've visited by that point, and the credits.
The Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3, the last piece of content released for that set of characters even though it's before the ending, ends with all the surviving crew members having one of these.
The canceled BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui had the entire island break into an (unintentionally?) hilarious dance celebration over the Makuta's apparent defeat. This was actually part of the story as it had originally been envisioned — every victory was supposed to be followed by a dance, however the idea got dropped when the Story Team realized how ridiculous it was.
In Earthbound, when you choose to end the game, all the characters on-screen face to the camera, and repeat walking animations for a while before the credit rolls.
Wankershim: (tears off shirt) BUTTER LETTUCE PARTYYYYY!!!!!!
The Futurama episodes "Mars University", "Fry and the Slurm Factory" and "Crimes of the Hot".
Episode 4 of Clerks: The Animated Series ends like this Explanation Apparently, this strange ending was due to the script to the rest of the episode being lost overseas, and a Korean animation studio had to animate the ending to the episode...almost. Then the courthouse burns down and everyone escapes to find a sweatshop studio staffed by Korean animators being beaten by an evil overseer rat.
The Simpsons episode "Burns Baby Burns" (featuring the late, great Rodney Dangerfield) lampshades this, as Journey's "Any Way You Want It" plays them out to the credits. The sudden abundance of music and drinks from nowhere is lampshaded.
In "Tales from the Public Domain", after finishing the Hamlet portion of the story, Homer claims that it was made into the film Ghostbusters. Cue the family dancing to the movie's theme song.
"Footloose" in How the Test Was Won and "Golden Years" in Replaceable You.
The previous finale, So The Drama and the episode "Queen Bebe" do it too. Both parties are previously established - the first is Kim's junior prom, and resolved the romantic loose end of Kim and Ron hooking up.
The Bugs Bunny short "Fresh Hare" has an ending in which, having been asked by Canadian Mountie Elmer Fudd if he has any last requests before he's executed, Bugs bursts into a rendition of "I Wish I Was in Dixie" and manages to rope the firing squad and Elmer into the act.
Galaxy Rangers episode "Marshmallow Trees." Yay, the mutated bugs transformed into high-grade compost, and the problem with the eponymous trees has been solved. Let's break out the fiddles and banjos, folks. (OK, we're dealing with a Space Western...)
Garfield Gets Real used this rather suddenly in the end, with everyone dancing as soon as Garfield and Odie get home.
In a slight variation, the Season 3 finale of ReBoot ended with the cast attending a Broadway style musical recapping the events of that season sung to the tune of the Major General Song.
Happens at the end of Tokyo Mater where everyone in Tokyo, Japan actually celebrate Mater's victory over Kabuto by having a dance party in the streets of Japan, with Kabuto being stripped naked as a result of him losing to Mater in a race.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2": After all the chaos of the two-part season finale has died down, the episode ends with the real wedding between Shining Armor and Princess Cadance, including the ponies dancing at the reception (organized by Pinkie Pie, of course), with Ensemble Darkhorse DJ PON-3 at the turntables.
"Pinkie Pride" also ends this way, with the hooves-up song "Make A Wish".
Same with World War One. Even the Germans were happy the war was done. The dance party was short-lived for them though.
Seems to happen frequently in Middle Eastern countries as well.
School proms, of course. Or really, any end-of-the-year dance.
Cameron Diaz tends to do this a lot with all her comedy movies.
The Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies are thoroughly staged and planned, have the solemn Lighting of the Flame, and generally do their best to impress everyone with awe and majesty. The Closing Ceremonies, on the other hand, are basically one big excuse for a party. With, you guessed it, dancing. And rock stars. And the host country good-naturedly spoofing themselves. As far as the "dance party with good-natured self-spoofing" goes, Canada seems to have won that crown in Vancouver.
Whew! We finally finished the entire page... Let's dance!