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[-[[caption-width-right:240:Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now!]]-]

->''Step to the left, then step to the right.''
->''Put your knees together, and squeeze real tight''
->''Keep your arms moving, side to side.''
->''Try to hold it in 'til it's time to ride.''
->''Knock, Knock, let me in.''
->''Knock, Knock, let me in, I gotta go, uh!''
->-- ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqj0MJDa4Qg "The Pee-Pee Dance"]]

Alice gets up in front of the class and starts her speech, but something's wrong. She looks distracted, and she can't seem to stand still. Her legs and hips gently sway from side to side and her knees turn inward. Soon Alice is drawing odd looks from her classmates as they start to realize what's wrong: Alice has [[PottyEmergency gotta go]]! The situation grows tense as she slowly becomes more and more restless, but at last her speech is finished and she can dash from the classroom in search of some badly needed relief.

It's a dance of the ages, that sometimes subtle and sometimes blatant collection of movements intended to resist the body's natural urges and avoid a [[PottyFailure messy disaster]]. Most commonly observed with children or those experiencing a lengthy PottyEmergency that might just ultimately result in a PottyFailure. Like those two tropes, it is frequently PlayedForLaughs.

* Pull Ups had a commercial where kids do the Potty Dance (albeit not a dance meaning you ''need'' to go, but a dance ''about'' the potty). It has steps! You can visit their website to download the song.
* In the commercial for cat litter, it showed cats doing the potty dance, a method of leaning forward on their hind legs with their paws on their crotches, [[https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8487/8234436960_ea9a6a6ab3_z.jpg occasionally hopping.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the first chapter of ''Tail Chaser'', the main CatGirl does this.
* In Episode 6 of ''Anime/MiamiGuns'', Yao does this.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan:'' Conan fakes a PottyEmergency during a case this way (in order to PullTheThread on the suspect).
* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'': Chapter 14/Episode 6: Miu does it while lying on the bed because holding it in is temporarily preferable to entering the bathroom without a [[{{Metroid}} Varia Suit]].
* Maruko in one of the ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'' manga issues/Episode 297, where she starts doing "the duck walk".
* Izzy in the second part of ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Digimon: The Movie]]'' (though his reason why depends on whether you're watching the dub or original -- either [[LethalChef Tai's mom's cooking]] kicked in or Koushiro simply drank too much).
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy (as Nyuu) does this before finally just going on the floor.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' has episode 7, where Pop has to take a whizz extra bad due to having a bit too much ice cream.
* In volume 2 of Tokyopop's ''Manga/WarcraftLegends'' manga, a little girl does this in the story "Family Values."
* Mikan often end up doing this in ''Go! Go! Itsutsugo Land''. [[PottyFailure She never makes it...]]
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Goku does one in the movie [[spoiler: while the group is staying in the mansion of Houlan's master.]]
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'': The {{Youkai}} Fidgephant causes people (and other Youkai) to do this by giving them [[PottyEmergency Potty Emergencies]].
* Sena does this in Episode 10 of ''Anime/TheComicArtistAndHisAssistants''.
* Eris does in Chapter 7 of the manga of ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei''.
* The main {{Ojousama}}, Shizuka, does this [[http://mangafox.me/manga/ojousama_wa_nigedashita/c002/9.html in Chapter 2]] of ''Ojousama wa Nigedashita!'' while waiting for Tooru to get out of the bathroom.
* Usagi does the wriggly sitting-down variant in Act 31.5 and the corresponding manga chapter of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''.
* Referenced in one episode of ''Manga/CrayonShinChan'', where Mitzi was panicking when she noticed she had a spider crawling on her hand. Her son Shin walks outside and thinks she's doing the "Pee-pee dance".
* In Episode 5 of ''Manga/MakenKi Two'', Aki does a [[ChainedHeat one-handed]] version of this.
* In Episode 10 of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', Minene does a [[ChainedHeat one-handed]] version of this.
* In Episode 8 of ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', Anna does this.
* In Season 3's Episode 10 of ''Anime/YuruYuri'', Akari does a hands-free version of this.
* In Episode 12 of ''Manga/PrisonSchool'', Meiko jumps around like crazy while trying to get her CatSuit zipper unstuck during a PottyEmergency.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The Green Apple Quicksteps card from Shadowrun, which removes an enemy runner from play for a turn.

* There's a joke that the Charleston dance [[TakeThat developed from this trope.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LLbGYbZbes As well as Irish dancing.]]
** Also used by UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}-based ''Series/AlmostLive'' in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85DSN7vPGwY Green River Dance]] parody as the "Gotta Pee Dervish"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the children's comic ''{{ComicBook/Lumberjanes}}'', GenkiGirl Ripley does one through the backgrounds of several pages.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} does this in Issue #31 of ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' for a few pages.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc.''
-->'''Sulley''': That's a cute little dance you got there, it's almost like you gotta...
-->'''Boo''': ''(squeals desperately)''
-->'''Sulley''': ''Oh!'' ''(cut to Sulley standing outside a stall whistling)''
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Probably as a CallBack to the above Pixar example, Bonnie does this during playtime with Woody at her house.
-->'''Bonnie''': ''(to Woody)'' Want some coffee? ''("drinks" from plastic cup)'' It's good for you, but don't drink too much [[http://i45.tinypic.com/110w40n.jpg or you'll hafta...hafta...]] be right back! ''(runs to bathroom)''
* ''Film/OverTheHedge'': Hammy the Squirrel does this after [[RipVanTinkle waking up from hibernation]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': When Taggart gets an idea he gets excited and jumps around. Hedley Lamarr thinks he's doing one of these.
* Bronson Pinchot does this in a film called ''Second Sight'', except it's an extremely elaborate dance they call the peepee dance. He plays a psychic who is channeling someone else who has to pee.
* Mentioned in ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper''; Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo are developing pictures to catch a jewel thief, but they do it in the Happiness Hotel's only restroom. As Pops says, "Catch him in another room! We got people dancin' up an' down on one leg out here!"
* An outtake exists from an ''AbbottAndCostello'' film of Costello stopping a take by doing the dance because he had to pee.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ktiBNws4kc this]] 2004 German MadeForTVMovie ''Prinzessin Macht Blau'', the titular character does the "jiggling-up-and-down" variation of this trope.

* According to Robert Parrish's autobiography (he was one of the Little Rascals), they called this a European, or You're a'-Peein'.
* Fregly in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' reportedly does this while screaming "JUICE!! JUUUUIIIICE!!!!" as part of his bizarre use of slang.
* A scene in ''Darth Vader and Son'', a non-canon ''Franchise/StarWars'' picture book, depicts little Luke Skywalker doing a dance that is possibly this.
-->'''Vader''': Luke, do you need to go potty?
-->'''Luke''': No.
-->'''Vader''': Well, you're kind of doing a little dance.
-->'''Luke''': I don't have to go.
* In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', the corrupt and bullying Captain Quirke kicks Gaspode The Wonder Dog. Gaspode, a dog capable of human-level speech, gets revenge by planting the suggestion in Quirke's mind that he really, desperately, needs to go to the privy. Right ''now''. [[note]]Because nobody believes a dog can speak, Quirke thinks the prompts he can hear are coming from his own mind, and responds accordingly[[/note]] Quirke's speech of gloating triumph to the seemingly defeated heroes is deflated by his doing the Potty Dance while he tries to gloat. Eventually he gives up and runs for it.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''TheLoveBoat:'' Isaac does this when forced to share a cabin (and a bathroom) with the other male crew.
* In ''TheRevengeFilesOfAlistairFury'' a boy does this whilst waiting outside the toilet while Alistair and his friends are holding a meeting inside it. (He doesn't make it).
* Spoofed in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' where Dewey's way of charming their babysitter is to bounce up and down singing "Poopy poopy poopy" over and over.
* In the "Series/{{Unfabulous}}" episode "The Road Trip" Addie is going through her flashbacks of her dad talking about the car, sports show. The last one shows her dad singing from behind the bathroom door, and Addie is squirming while having a potty emergency. He continues to sing as she waits impatiently in agony desperately waiting for the restroom.
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' tested whether this method was more or less effective at staving off the inevitable, with inconclusive results.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Tour of Duty}}''. One of the soldiers is suffering from the runs, and has to keep going off into the bushes while on patrol to drop his pants. While he does so, a huge toad jumps onto his dropped pants. At the same time, he happens to see some Vietcong slipping out of a tunnel to evade the American soldiers; the soldier quickly yanks up his pants and HilarityEnsues.
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'': Tutter does in the book version of "When You've Got To Go." The book even describes him as "dancing from side to side."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': Sims do this and yell at the player to get their attention so the player can direct them to the restroom.
* In VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon 1 & 2 park guests with a high enough bathroom score change their normal walking animation into a frenetic one of these, particularly if your park's bathrooms are poorly placed or if you're evil enough to charge to use the bathroom.
** In Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, the park guests do this when their Toilet meter is high.
* In the VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}} PC Pack game, all the Tamagotchi except for Kuchipatchi and Ichigotchi do this when you say the command "Use the bathroom" through the microphone.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' features in NPC at the Wall Market bar doing one of these while waiting for a sick bar patron to finish up.
* A special Bad Moon adventure in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies NobodyPoops by having your character suddenly realize that you've never emptied your bladder, ''ever''. The resulting effect increases item drops, because dancing ''always'' increases item drops in this game.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Early on in [=ClockUp=]'s ''Euphoria'', Rika does the skirt-grab variant of this trope.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In in first chapter of ''WebComic/{{Sunstone}}'', [[http://shiniez.deviantart.com/art/how-ally-got-her-mojo-back-273376726 Lisa does this.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'': Sunil does this in "Sweet (Truck) Ride", and Zoe does this in "The Very Littlest Pet Shop".
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': Bender does it briefly in ''Bender's Big Score'' after drinking a bunch of beers, [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] comments on the lunacy of a robot having to go to the bathroom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': Mikey, after T.J. makes him drink water from a hosepipe.
* An unnamed Water Tribe boy does this in the second episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Wakko during the PottyEmergency TropeNamer ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' cartoon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Homer Simpson does this after drinking way too much crab juice.
** Otto is mesmerized by Ralph's Potty Dance in "How The Test Was Won".
* Loopy did this in ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' due to Larry being in the bathroom too long...he recently got muscular, and was admiring himself.
* In the second season of the ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' cartoon, the Killer Tomato Task Force had to fake one to get past the tomato guard and rescue Doctor Gangreen.
* King Julien in ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' remarks in "Friend In A Box" that he never learned "that dance." Being the king, he just goes wherever he is. Kowalski takes two steps away from Julien upon hearing that.
* Pinkie Pie does this in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Last Round-Up" after a long train ride.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Ren and Stimpy]]'' as "Fire Dogs" are awarded the sacred Golden Fire Hydrant helmets - after doffing them they discover a long line of dogs behind them doing The Dance.
* Beast Boy in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' does a potty dance while waiting for Starfire to get out of the bathroom as she examines a large growth on her head. It gets amusingly annoying when his dance [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere is interspersed with various cuts to water sounds.]]
** The episode "Serious Business" from the spin off ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' has a '''whole musical number''' about this, as quoted and linked to above. It's ''that'' kind of show.
* Rosie does a wriggly sitting-down version as Mommy carries her to see SantaClaus in ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'s Holiday Movie''.
-->'''Mommy''': (''trying to sit her in Santa's lap'') What is it, sweetie?
-->'''Rosie''': Bafroom.
* Happens multiple times in two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'': Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty", and in "Daniel Goes to the Potty".
* In ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' Lazlo beat Edward in a lemonade drinking contest and when called over for a winner picture he started to do this dance in the episode "Hold It Lazlo".
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}'', [[RipVanTinkle this is the first thing the titular character does after waking up from the dead.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' episode "The Secret Serum", the whole gang fakes a Potty Emergency and decides to make it more convincing by Potty Dancing. [[note]] The person might wonder why they were fine five seconds ago and it's urgent now [[/note]]
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/WhatsWithAndy'', [[ThePrankster Andy]] has a PottyEmergency and lampshades his Potty Dancing by saying and daydreaming "Hold it in, do a dance, that's the way to keep dry pants".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}''
** Caitlin does this in "Boo, Dude!", "Fish And Make Up", and "Cheapskates".
** Jonesy does this in the beginning of "Over Exposed".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Legoland in Windsor near one of the toilets, there are two Legomen doing this.
* TruthInTelevision for just about every toddler on the planet.
* There's an old joke saying that tapdancing was invented by a man called Stepan Stepanovich who was inspired by the unusual dances his family performed every time he occupied the toilet for too long.