->'''Narrator:''' It's just a jump to the left.\\
'''Guests:''' ''And then a step to the right.''\\
'''Narrator:''' Put your hand on your hips.\\
'''Guests:''' ''You bring your knees in tight.\\
But it's the pelvic thrust.\\
They really drive you insane.\\
-->-- ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', "The Time Warp"

So, there's this dance craze, or so a song insists.

If everybody's doing it now, then you might want to know the steps. The lyrics may explain a few easy-to-do steps, but often keep it intentionally vague if a choreographer is responsible for the ''real'' steps.

Mostly, the lyrics tend to say how popular the dance is and how it makes people feel while they do it, maybe throwing in a few references to other dances which it is or isn't like.

One thing is required: the rhythm [[EarWorm has to be catchy]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The DancingTheme to ''The Melancholy Of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', "Hare Hare Yukai", is one of these for anime fans. When the series was at the prime of its popularity in the mid-to-late 2000s, it was common to see cosplayers do it at conventions or on Website/YouTube. Konata from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' is fond of the anime and has done the dance (a reference to how she's voiced by Haruhi's voice actress). The dance itself has caused many memes such as "Is this a dancing anime?"
* The first ending theme from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' caused this in Japan with kids. It's not unknown to hear that primary schoolers danced it for school events.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_wBfeOfkxQ "Pony Rock Anthem"]] is the brony version of this trope. It sure aims at bringing you in the rythme.
-->''Get up. Get down.\\
Put your hooves up to the sound.\\
Jump up. Stomp down.\\
Every pony hit the ground.\\
Get up. Get down.\\
Put your hooves up to the sound.\\
Jump up. Stomp down.\\
Every pony hit the ground.''

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': The "Cafeteria Song" (a.k.a. "Helping Twilight Win the Crown") contains some move or dance instructions in the lyrics, including the chorus:
-->''Jump up, make a sound (Hey!)\\
Stomp your hooves, turn around\\
Start now, make a change,\\
Gonna come around\\
Jump up, make a sound (Hey!)\\
Stomp your hooves, turn around\\
Canterlot, Wondercolts\\
Help her win the crown!''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "Time Warp" from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', originally written as a parody of this very trope. It mentions a fair number of steps:
-->It's just a jump to the left\\
''And then a step to the right''\\
Put your hands on your hips\\
''And bring your knees in tight\\
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane\\
* The Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers movies were famous for these: they introduced "The Carioca" in ''Film/FlyingDownToRio'', "The Continental" in ''Film/TheGayDivorcee'', "The Piccolino" in ''Film/TopHat'', "The Yam" in ''Film/{{Carefree}},'' and "Swing Trot" in ''The Barkleys of Broadway''.
* At least 20% of ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' (the original) is a compilation of these songs.
* "Ballroom Dancing" by Music/PaulMcCartney is a past-tense version. (Listed here because the song eventually reached ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet''.)
* "The French Mistake" from ''Film/BlazingSaddles''
* "The Tina-Lina" in ''The Toast of New Orleans.''
* "Hoe Down" from ''Babes On Broadway''.
* In ''Film/WhyBeGood'', Pert Kelly wins a dancing contest for the 1920s dance craze, the Charleston.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "Do The Urkel" from ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* The ''Series/HannahMontana'' [[TheMovie movie]] has the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlnbmZK7GxU Hoedown Throwdown]]". Even in-universe, this one is stretching WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief a bit.
* In ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', the mice at Tutter's school all do the "Mumble Mambo," but Tutter is uncomfortable with it and can't seem to get into it.
* ''Series/{{Tiswas}}'', a Saturday morning staple of British TV in TheSeventies, came up with "The Dying Fly".
* Leather Tuscadero wrote & performed "Do the Fonzie" on ''Series/HappyDays''.
* Carmine Ragusa sang "Do the Carmine" on ''Series/LaverneAndShirley''.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'':
** Spoofed in one episode where they were being tasked -- by a [[MusicalAssassin musical]] [[TheMadHatter Mad Hatter]], no less -- with writing a hit song. They belted up a squaredance tune, and Bill improvised fairly ordinary squaredance lyrics which were being followed exactly by the Mad Hatter's goons, ending with this (paraphrased):
--->''Now with your partner you shout\\
Open the window and jump out''
** Also, "The Funky Gibbon". And in another routine called "Poor Old [=Soul=]" on "Almost Live", they named dance sensations like the "loony moth", "festering ferret", and "dead dog".

* One of the oldest examples if ''extremely'' simplistic -- the Hokey Pokey.
-->''You put your left leg in, your left leg out...''
* Extremely popular in pop music from the mid-1950's to the early 1960's:
** "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva.
** The Twist -- the reason why this one was so much popular, even with the adults, was because it was very simple to learn unlike some dance numbers that either required one to see it being done by someone else (because the lyrics didn't tell you how to do it) or required one to grow a third leg or something to do properly.
** Cameo-Parkway Records were especially known for their "dance craze" records. Interestingly, the staff songwriters who came up with these actually researched which dances were getting popular and wrote their songs about those instead of inventing them wholesale. A few notable examples of their input:
*** Besides "The Twist", Chubby Checker also did "Limbo Rock", "The Fly", "Pony Time", "The Hucklebuck", and many others.
*** Dee Dee Sharp had "Mashed Potato Time" and "Do the Bird", as well as a duet with Chubby Checker on "Slow Twistin'"
*** The Dovells did "Bristol Stomp", "Do the New Continental", "The Jitterbug" and more.
** "The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett.
** "Hippy Hippy Shake", originally by Chan Romero, but [[CoveredUp better known]] as by The Swingin' Blue Jeans.
** "The Jerk" by the Larks, which [[FollowTheLeader inspired]] "Come On, Do the Jerk" by The Miracles and "Cool Jerk" by The Capitols.
* Music/{{Usher}} had "U-Turn" from his 8701 album
--->''Put your hands up\\
Bend your knees\\
Bounce around in a circle\\
Get down with me\\
Come on, come on (it ain't hard to learn)\\
Come on, come on (it's called the U Turn)''
* ''"Baila en tu cuerpo alegría, Macarena, que tu cuerpo es pa' dar alegría, cosa buena..."''
* Parodied in Music/LemonDemon's "Dance Like An Idiot"
-->''Put your hands on your knees, and hobble to the right\\
Then do a three-sixty with your eyes shut tight\\
While you're dizzy, get busy and pretend you're a mime\\
Then make whiny noises, and clap five times\\
Hold out your arms, start running in place\\
Try to do the moonwalk, and fall on your face\\
Get up and stomp around like a big fat lummox\\
Then jump out the window with your hands on your buttocks.''
* Similarly but more scatologically parodied by Rappy [=McRapperson's=] "Lick Your Own Butthole Party Dance" which is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what you think it is]].
* DJ Casper's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZv62ShoStY "Cha Cha Slide"]].
* "Mambo Number Five" by Pérez Prado was turned into this when it was covered by Lou Bega.
-->''Jump up and down and move it all around,\\
Shake your head to the sound, put your hands on the ground.\\
Take one step left and one step right,\\
One to the front and one to the side.\\
Clap your hands once and clap your hands twice\\
And if it look like this then you're doing it right.''
* Music/VillagePeople's "YMCA".
** This one is unique in that the dance was invented after the song came out, by fans rather than the band itself.
* Just some songs from TheNewTens:
** Teach me how to dougie, teach me, teach me how to dougie.
** ''[[Music/{{LMFAO}} Party rock is in the house tonight...]]''
--->''Everybody just have a good time\\
And even when you lose your mind\\
We just wanna see ya...\\
...Shake that.\\
Everyday I'm shufflin'...''
** Music/{{PSY}}'s "Gangnam Style!"
** Can you do the Harlem Shake?:
wub-wub-wub-wub-wub wub-wub-wub-wub-wub wub-wub-wub-wub''
** Twerking.
** The [=NaeNae=] dance from Silentó's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)".
** Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall's "Juju Juju On The Beat" associated dance
** The "Hit the Quan" dance from the titular song by [=iLoveMemphis=]
* Music/TomWaits' "The Metropolitan Glide". Are you ready?
* Marcia Griffiths's "Electric Slide".
* "{{Caramelldansen|Vid}}" is pure this (though the dance described in the lyrics has nothing in common with the "dance" from the [[MemeticMutation looped video clip]] that made it popular). Translated, it goes something like this:
-->''Dance with us\\
Clap your hands\\
Do like we do\\
Take some steps to the left\\
Listen and learn\\
Don't miss the chance\\
Now we're here with\\
The Caramell Dance!''
* Before the Velvet Underground came about, Lou Reed wrote a version of these called "The Ostrich" featuring a ridiculous dance that involved people ''stepping on other people's heads.''
* ''Limbo good, Limbo fine, Everybody gets a chance...'' Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!
* "The Compromise" by the Format satirizes this by describing a dance whose steps are "Throw your partner behind a desk, where they'll do absolutely nothing so it's your job to dance and smile". It's a retaliation against the record company, who asked them to write a hit (hence "The Compromise").
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8fndX_7PqQ Put your elbow up tight, make a step with the right, tilt your head to the side and smile real, real wide!]] [[{{Film/Inception}} LEO STRUT!]]
* "Do the Strand" by Music/RoxyMusic. There are [[{{Calvinball}} almost no instructions on how to do it]] in the lyrics, so it's possible it's just a long reference to other songs of this trope.
* ''Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show'' had a song called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Levitate]]". It started out like it was trying to teach a dance, and then continued to lifting both feet off the ground and crossing your legs in midair.
* Parodied in "The Sacro-Iliac" by 10CC:
-->''Here's what you gotta do...\\
In any tempo, in any rhythm...\\
Come right back and do the Sacro-Iliac.''
* Sort of parodied by Music/TheGoodies in "The Funky Gibbon"...
-->''We're The Goodies, how d'you do?\\
Weve just been down to the zoo,\\
Saw a monkey in a cage,\\
Doin' a dance that could be the rage!''
* "Do The Reggay" by Toots & The Maytals. Possibly the most successful one of all, since instead of popularizing a dance, it wound up naming a genre of music (with a minor change in spelling).
* "The Vatican Rag" by Music/TomLehrer, from the album ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'', is another satirical example, inspired by the Catholic Church's efforts to modernize.
-->''First you get down on your knees\\
Fiddle with your rosaries\\
Bow your head with great respect\\
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!''
* Music/DigitalUnderground: "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9_yW8tZxs The Humpty Dance]] is your chance to do the hump!''"
* Music/CabCalloway: "The Calloway Boogie"
* OlderThanTelevision: [[http://www.tsrocks.com/s/scott_joplin_texts/rag_time_dance.html The Ragtime Dance]] by Music/ScottJoplin. Good luck finding a version with the lyrics, though.
** The 1913 hit [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballin%27_the_Jack "Ballin' the Jack"]] is another candidate for the UrExample.
* Parodied in [[http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/old-fashioned-line-dance-or-square/ this]] Music/SongsToWearPantsTo song.
* The Toys/{{Cabbage Patch|Kids}}. Actually there were ''two'' competing versions of the Cabbage Patch: One came from the West Coast via the World Class Wreckin' Cru (featuring a pre-Music/{{NWA}} Music/DrDre), and the other originated in {{Miami|Bass}} with a single from Gucci Crew II.
* Music/WasNotWas: "''Open the door, get on the floor, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgiDcJi534Y everybody walk the dinosaur.]]''"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNrx2jq184&feature=related Well everybody's heard about the bird...]] (The Bird was originally a dance, and was indeed "the word.")
* Even the Music/TwoLiveCrew made their own dance, called "Throw The D."[[note]]"D" in this case stands for "Dick."[[/note]] (What, you were expecting something G-rated?)
-->It's all in the hips, so go berserk and let that dick do the work!
* "The Wilbury Twist" by Music/TheTravelingWilburys invites the dancer to, among other things, fall on his ass, put his teeth in a glass, and put his blindfold on so his friends can get away from him ("Could be ''years'' before you're missed!").
* Music/TheCramps usually had one of these on every album, including "Surfin' Dead", "Alligator Stomp", "Cramp Stomp", "The Crusher", and others. In most of them, everyone's dead by the final verse (but still dancing).
* "The Crusher" [[CoveredUp was originally by]] obscure '60s garage rock group The Novas, who used GutturalGrowler vocals to fit with the [[Wrestling/TheCrusher wrestling-themed]] "dance" of the title: the only two moves given for the crusher itself are "take your fist and put it on your waist" and "squeeze your partner's head 'til she's blue in the face", and the listener is also repeatedly urged to "do the hammerlock" and "the eye-gouge".
* Parodied with Music/TheLonelyIsland's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLPZmPaHme0 "The Creep"]], a dance specifically designed to make one look like, well, a creep.
* The Cupid Shuffle. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h24_zoqu4_Q To the right! To the right! To the right! To the right!]]
* MC Frontalot has the 'Margaret Thatcher' from his song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qcrSm_C3lA Wallflowers]], which describes exactly the {{Adorkable}} dance that would be performed by an awkward geek with no idea how to dance. Notable for taking 'vague steps' UpToEleven - after all, if it's an awkward nerd dance, ''you're not supposed to know what you're doing.''
-->''Step One:\\
Wiggle, wobble, wriggle,\\
coddle your young,\\
intensify your ennui,\\
then before you get done,\\
put your left foot over to the left if you dare,\\
then pretend you got scared,\\
then point at your hair.''
* A slew of awkwardly titled rap-dance sensation songs were released after the success of the Music/SouljaBoy, with varied amounts of success:
** The Stanky Legg
** The Cat Daddy
** The Dougie (discussed in TWO songs)
** Lean Like a Cholo
** Juju on that Beat
** Hit the Quan
* Music/TheBangles' "Walk like an Egyptian":
-->''Slide your feet up the street bend your back\\
Shift your arm then you pull it back\\
Life is hard you know (oh whey oh)\\
So strike a pose on a Cadillac''
* The Dismemberment Plan's "Do The Standing Still", which uses the lyrical format of a typical dance sensation song to satirize how non-demonstrative indie rock audiences often are:
-->''Oh whoa-oh, well it's a sensation\\
Across the entire nation\\
Oh whoa-oh, a hundred million kids\\
All dancing in suspended animation''
* "Stand" by REM might be a parody as well: "Stand in the place where you live / now face north / think about direction, wonder why you have it / now stand in the place where you work / now face west / &c."
* Oddly predated by 15 years with an identically titled song by Belgian {{New Wave|Music}} band The Employees, which had the same lyrical premise.
* "The Crunge" by Music/LedZeppelin is another parody of this style of song, influenced by Music/JamesBrown, but with an undanceable, oddly-timed rhythm.
* Music/{{Eels}}' "Going Fetal" is a pretty sardonic parody: According to the lyrics, the latest dance craze is the TroubledFetalPosition.
* The Butterfly? [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Uh-uh, that's old]]. Lemme see that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs7f3ssuEjA Tootsee Roll]]!
* The BonzoDogDooDahBand's "Do the Trouser Press, Baby (Yeahhhh!)"
* It's ''officially'' called [[http://youtu.be/OT9TonFSyT4 "Peewee's Dance",]] but Joeski Love actually came up with a dance called The Pee Wee Herman. NoCelebritiesWereHarmed, obviously.
-->''Just swing your hands up to the front\\
And if you can't hear the music, say "Huh? What?"\\
As you're doin' your dance, you might hurt your back\\
Just look at the crowd, and say "{{I meant to do that}}!"''
* And then you have the songs that pack a bunch of dance moves into one track, something like a dance-move {{Medley}}.
** Most famous example: [[http://youtu.be/Kk4Uwge4DzQ "Land of 1,000 Dances".]]
** A HipHop example: [[http://youtu.be/kO8ii-LuEbY "Stop Pause"]] by DJ Jubilee.
* There are several line dance songs that faded away after coming out but are still popular among African-Americans, for example, "The Cupid Shuffle" and "Wobble".
* Music/FatsDomino's "Dance With Mr. Domino" was about the "Domino Twist."
* Music/{{Steppenwolf}} sang about the "Hippo Stomp."
* Music/HuskerDu's "Do the Bee."
* Music/TheReplacements' "Mr. Whirly"
* Though the song itself does not seem to be about one, Music/Foals have one present in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_PMvjmC6M "Inhaler" music video]].
* Tropical music tends to spawn a ''lot'' of these. Some of them:
** Wilfrido Vargas had "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxjf_Wnc0SU El baile del perrito]]" ("The dance of the puppy"). Although the song itself didn't describe the steps, the videoclip plenty of showed (and the moves were pretty risqué).
*** He later tried to repeat the success with another song. "Por la plata baila el mono/¿y cómo es que baila el mono? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYu0c5MHonQ ¡así!]]"
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEVyDmcF7u0 La Bomba]], with versions in every country.
** Argentinian group El Simbolo had almost every song they released to be one of these, but their most popular one is the one where they command you to dance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFJvw5Anb2w raising the hands, moving the waist, with a sexy movement...]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6-bMLU9Q4k DALE MARACA!]]
** Its Spiritual Predecesor "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPJ2iNMnz3g Dale Cintura]]"
** Theorically, a good Hora Loca mix should be made of these or being one of these itself.
* Originating from Belgium (though also heard on dancefloors in Holland), there is the "Kabouterdans" (leprechaun dance).
-->"Draai een keer in het rond, stamp met je voeten op de grond, zwaai je armen in de lucht, ga nu zitten met een zucht, stap nu rond als een gans, zo gaat de kabouterdans." (Turn around once, stamp your feet on the floor, wave your arms in the air, sit down with a sigh, walk around like a goose, that's the leprechaun dance)
* Two of Unk's biggest [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative (and only)]] hits were these: "Waik it Out" and "2 Step", with the latter even referencing the former.
-->''Now take two steeeeeeps -- to the left\\
Now take two steeeeeeps -- to the right\\
Now bring it back, bring it back -- yeah I made y'all "Walk it Out"\\
Ev'rybody 2 Steppin, now we finna turn it out''
* Music/DanielAmos: The ''Music/VoxHumana'' liner notes included instructions for dancing to "Dance Stop". The exact dance steps are up to the individual, but you're supposed to freeze in place every time [[StopAndGo the music stops]], and only resume dancing when it starts up again.
* One of [[Magazine/{{Mad}} MAD Magazine]]'s early 1960's parody albums featured a track about a dance called "The Pretzel", whose moves were pretty much impossible to do without dislocating a few limbs:
-->''Throw an arm around the neck!\\
The other one under your leg!\\
Cross your feet on the beat\\
Let's do the Pretzel!\\\
Take a toe in your hand!\\
Double up the other knee!\\
Put a thumb in your toes\\
Let's do the Pretzel!''\\\
(and so on)
* Another parody is "The Toxic Waltz" by Music/{{Exodus}}, in which the dance is just violent moshing. Good friendly violent fun in store for all!
* Music/DavidBowie mocks the obsession with fashion, fads and trends by using this this trope in ''Fashion''.
* That annoying 1990s standby found in wedding halls all over....''THE MACARENA!'' [[note]]though the lyrics itself have nothing to do with promoting or describing an actual dance.[[/note]]
* Van [=McCoy=]'s The Hustle is a subversion, since it's just an instrumental with occasional shouts of "Do the Hustle!".
* DJ Casper recorded "The Cha-Cha Slide" as "Mr. C, the Slide Man".
* The Moffats have "The Caterpillar Crawl".
* Another subversion is "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors, which simply talks about "a dance sensation that's sweeping the nation at the hop!", although a number of different dance moves are mentioned throughout the song. The song was originally written as "Do the Bop", but Creator/DickClark suggested to the songwriters that they rewrite the song since the Bop craze was dying out at the time.
* Speaking of the Bop, an entire album of songs dedicated to that dance was recorded by, of all people, Ray Conniff, in a rock-and-roll style very much unlike the easy listening style he is usually associated with. The album, ''Do the Bop'', came with an instruction booklet and featured instrumental songs named after the different steps of the Bop. It was the brainchild of a Creator/ColumbiaRecords [[ExecutiveMeddling sales executive]] and ended up flopping because it didn't feature Conniff's usual sound; Conniff effectively [[OldShame disowned it]] afterwards.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Super Wrong of Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel is the dance sensation sweeping across the nation.
* Wrestling/{{Chikara}} derivative Wrestling Is Art, WOW Puerto Rico, Shine, Wrestling/{{TNA}}, WWE and even Hungarian Championship Wrestling all contracted The Harlem Shake, usually starting with one wrestler or tag team doing so with others trying to make sense of it then cutting to the half the roster doing so (or the entire arena in Impact's case). Jervis Cottonbelly, Su Yung, El Local and [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] among those who decided not to call in sick, Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush, Wrestling/ColtCabana, [[Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers Titus O'Niel]], [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing Kong]] and Wrestling/JamesStorm among the later afflicted.
* WWE accidentally brought on its own in the form of Wrestling/{{Fandango}}ing.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* "The Chicken Song" from ''Series/SpittingImage'' parodies this
-->''Hold a chicken in the air\\
Stick a deckchair up your nose\\
Buy a jumbo jet\\
And then bury all your clothes\\
Paint your left knee green\\
Then extract your wisdom teeth\\
Form a string quartet\\
And pretend your name is Keith''
* On "Do the Roo" from ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'', Roo creates one with the help of his mama Kanga called "The Roo," which can basically be done any way you want. "Any which way, throw out your compass! Swing your partner, do a wild rompus! How you move is up to you, when you're doin' the Roo!"

* ''I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again'' enjoyed doing this on occasion. One of the more memorable ones was the "[[RunningGag Gibbon]] Stuffing" song. It was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

* Countless 1920s Broadway musicals had a Dance Sensation, e.g. "The Monkey-Doodle-Doo" in ''The Cocoanuts'' (which made it into the movie version), "Long Island Low-Down" in ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'' (which did not appear in the movie) and "The Varsity Drag" in ''Good News''. By far the most popular, though, was "Charleston," a BreakawayPopHit from the black musical ''Runnin' Wild'' (1923).
* "The Gazooka" from the revue ''Ziegfeld Follies of 1936'' was an AffectionateParody of the Dance Sensation, especially the Astaire/Rogers kind. The lyrics explain that "first you take a step, and then you take another, and then you take another," and then you ought to buy a copy of the sheet music.
* "The Pussy Foot" from ''Goldilocks'' has a somewhat catchy tune but awful lyrics.
* Music/ColePorter's "Heaven Hop," last seen as a musical stowaway in revivals of ''Anything Goes''.
* "Wrong Note Rag" from ''Wonderful Town'', supposed to be like a pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI vaudeville act.
* "Off-Time" from ''[=Ain't Misbehavin'=]''. Like the title song, this was originally used in the 1929 revue ''Hot Chocolates''.
* Played with in the Broadway production of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' with "The Transylvania Mania" because they're trying to distract the townspeople from the Monster's sounds and so making it up on the spot. The lyrics consist of contrived rhyming claims on how much fun it is (but purposefully for parody)
-->''So join the fun, lets all be zany-a\\
Even Liths in Lithuania love it, it's the latest rage.\\
Lose the blues and don't complain-ia\\
hit the dance floor feel no pain-ia\\
Love it! Do the Transylvania mania!''
* "Yankee Doodle Rhythm" from the 1927 version of ''Strike Up the Band''.
* ''Theatre/EvilDeadTheMusical'' tried to do this with "Do the Necronomicon".
* "The Holiday Hop" from ''Carols For a Cure: Broadway's Greatest Gifts, Volume 5'', performed by the cast of ''[[Film/FortySecondStreet 42nd Street]]''.
* "Do the New York" from ''Ziegfeld Follies of 1931''.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan offer "Dance a Cachucha" in ''Theatre/TheGondoliers''. The cachucha actually was a dance sensation, sixty or so years earlier.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' has a song called The 7 Jump. Unfortunately the lyrics seem to assume that you're watching the music video to the song so you'd never learn how to do it just from hearing it. Hilariously, the lyrics comment about how easy it is to do.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie'' used it for one gag -- "[[InterruptingMeme EVERYBODY DO THE FLOP!]]" (thud). It became so popular it actually spawned [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBJNYdHPcDE a 10-minute version]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5inD4XWz4U an official music video]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with "Do the Bartman". Fun fact: Music/MichaelJackson co-wrote the song.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** Kids at the prom doing "The Sponge". Unfortunately, anyone who isn't a sponge ends up mangled.
** In another episode, Patrick wins a dance contest after rolling around because of a cramp. (He won by default, as the only dancer who did his own dancing.) This is followed by a fake commercial for "The Cramp".
** In "The Lost Mattress" when Mr. Krabs throws his back out opening the front door to the Krusty Krab and [=SpongeBob=] asks if he's okay he sarcastically retorts "I'm just doubled over in pain, fightin' back tears in me eyes ''because it's a new dance craze''!"
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'''s ending credits instructed viewers on how to "Do the Mario." For those unfamiliar, you swing your arms from side to side, take one step, and then again. The Mario is just ''running.'' [[GeniusBonus Which is a reference to Mario's hypnotic walk cycle in the original]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''.
** This happened twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'': One segment had a song about doing "the Frog", while the other had one as part of a plot point; both the song and segment are called "Do the Koopa".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had "The Twitch", created by a singer after an allergic reaction to pickled dodo eggs. Of course, there were also a few {{Accidental Dance Craze}}s.
* The Schmeerskahoven in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' stimulated every pressure point on the body during the dance, allowing the dancer to be completely brainwashed.
* "The Michigan Rag", from the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening''. It was the only original song written for the short.
* Buzzbee, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/TheHive'' creates one in "Dancing Bee".
* "There's a [[WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock great new craze]] that's sweeping the nation! Come on! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tTkxYeNF9Q Do the Circulation!]]"
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' song "Mumbo Jumbo Jump": "No step is wrong, and every step is right!"
-->''Oh! Bounce a little, boing a little, give a little shake\\
Wriggle and a jiggle like a little earthquake\\
Now you're doing the Mumbo Jumbo Jump!\\
Boinging and a-bouncing all over the place\\
Turn a little, twist a little, make a funny face\\
Now you're doing the Mumbo Jumbo Jump!''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': As typical of country music, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT0cYJp2D44 "Raise This Barn"]] describes some dance moves, although the main gist of the lyrics is about... raising the barn.
-->''Bow to your partner, circle right\\
Get down if you're scared of heights\\
Forward back and twirl around\\
That barn's gonna be the best in town!''
* From the Franchise/{{Peanuts}} special, ''It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown!":
-->When you're doing the Pig-Pen hoe down\\
You gotta have a caller you can trust\\
'Cause when Pig-Pen does the hoe down\\
He really kicks up some dust
* ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow'' does this OnceAnEpisode. First there is a teaser before the commercial break, then afterwards, the dance (with an accompanying song) would be shown in full before going to the actual song of the week[[note]]"We've learned a new dance, now let's dance it to a brand new song."[[/note]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any square/line/generally country dance. See WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in "Hillbilly Hare" for a good idea.
* The "Hora Loca" costume in Latin American parties, basically the people dancing to a remix made half of these, half EarWorms.

->That's it for now! Until next time, everybody, '''[[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow DO THE MARIO!]]'''