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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]]
* Maruko in one of the ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'' manga issues/Episode 297, where she starts doing "the duck walk".
* Sena does this in Episode 10 of ''Anime/TheComicArtistAndHisAssistants''.
* 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 ''Manga/DetectiveConan:'' Conan fakes a PottyEmergency during a case this way (in order to PullTheThread on the suspect).
* 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 Mission 3 Episode 4 of ''Anime/DirtyPairFlash'', Yuri does a hands-free version of this.
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', Lucy (as Nyuu) does this, before finally [[PottyFailure just going on the floor.]]
* Mikan often end up doing this in ''Go! Go! Itsutsugo Land''. [[PottyFailure She never makes it...]]
* In Episode 10 of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', Minene does a [[ChainedHeat one-handed]] version of this.
* ''G-Spot Express'': Sayaka does a hands-free version of this in OVA 1. [[PottyFailure Guess how it ends.]]
* ''LightNovel/HereComesTheThreeAngels'': Jun does a hands-free (and eventually a pants grabbing) version of this in Episode 5.
* In Episode 12 of ''LightNovel/HybridXHeartMagiasAcademyAtaraxia'', Aine does this.
* In the one-shot adult manga ''I Got Myself Into A Weird Situation And Awful Things Happened To Me'' (yes, that's the title), Kaya Okuno does this on her walk home before finally resorting to just going in the bushes.
* ''Manga/{{Ikkitousen}}'': Bachou does a hands-free variant of this in Episode 5 of ''Xtreme Xecutor'' while held captive.
* In Episode 2 of ''Manga/InterviewsWithMonsterGirls'', [[LosingYourHead Machi's body]] does this.
* In Episode 7 of ''Kodomo No Jikan'', Usa does the skirt-grab variant of this.
* Sae does a SeizaSquirm variant of this in Episode 3 of ''Anime/MagicUsersClub''.
* In Episode 5 of ''Manga/MakenKi Two'', Aki does a [[ChainedHeat one-handed]] version of this.
* In Episode 6 of ''Anime/MiamiGuns'', Yao does this.
* ''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}'': Mitsuba does this briefly in episode 5 of ''Zouryouchuu!''.
* Eris does the dress-grab variant in Chapter 7 of the manga of ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei''.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' has episode 7, where Pop has to take a whizz extra bad due to having a bit too much ice cream.
* The main {{Ojousama}}, Shizuka, does this in Chapter 2 of ''Ojousama wa Nigedashita!'' while waiting for Tooru to get out of the bathroom.
* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'':
** In the "Kerosene" segment in Episode 23, Osomatsu does this.
** In the "Super Detergent" segment in Season 2's Episode 2, Iyami briefly does this.
* ''Anime/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'':
** Miu does this in Episodes 1, 12 (standing), and 10 (sitting).
** Sora does a wriggly SeizaSquirm version of this in Episode 3.
* In Episode 1 of ''Petopeto-san'', the titular character does the SeizaSquirm variant of this.
* ''Manga/PrisonSchool'':
** In Episode 2 of the live-action series, Hana does the hands-free variant from drinking too much dandelion tea.
** In Episode 12, Meiko jumps around like crazy while trying to get her CatSuit zipper unstuck during a PottyEmergency.
* Usagi does the wriggly sitting-down variant in Act 31.5 and the corresponding manga chapter of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'', much to Chibiusa's embarrassment.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'': Goku does one in the movie [[spoiler: while the group is staying in the mansion of Houlan's master.]]
* ''Sex In The Elevator!'': The main stewardess does a skirt-clench variant of this while in the, well, elevator.
* In Episode 8 of ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'', Anna does this.
* ''Manhua/ShuangshengLingtan'': Xiaoyu does a shirt-pull variant at the start of the first episode.
* Eri does a SeizaSquirm version of this at the start of Episode 2 of ''Anime/StrangeDawn''.
* ''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 [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Varia Suit]].
* In the first chapter of ''Tail Chaser'', the main CatGirl does this.
* Honoka does the legs-together sitting-down variant in Episode 18 of ''LightNovel/TheThirdTheGirlWithTheBlueEye''.
* Lala does a squirming sitting-down variant in OVA 6 of ''Anime/ToLoveRu''.
* In volume 2 of Tokyopop's ''Manga/WarcraftLegends'' manga, a little girl does this in the story "Family Values."
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'': The {{Youkai}} Fidgephant causes people (and other Youkai) to do this by giving them [[PottyEmergency Potty Emergencies]].
* In Episode 2 of ''VisualNovel/YosugaNoSora'', Akira does a hands-free version of this.
* In Season 3's Episode 10 of ''Anime/YuruYuri'', Akari does a hands-free version of this.

[[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: Fanfiction]]
* Another My Little Pony fanfiction set a year or two after Season Six when the Cake twins are about two called ''Pound and Pumpkin Cake's Adventures and Misadventures in Potty Training'', Pumpkin does this in the chapter "Fluttershy and the Missing Potty" and later they both do this in the chapter "Two Foals, One Outhouse". Pound does this on a cloud in "The Great Cloud Flush".
* In ''Rainbow Dash vs the Toilet'', which is a fanfiction of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' featuring the Mane Six and Luna as foals, Fluttershy does one of these at the end, while remarking that she "has to go potty really bad".
* There is a meme of Captain Kirk from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in a position which looks like this out of context. Spock is saying "Captain, if you need to go, go. Doing the pee-pee dance is not logical."
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10897282/8/The-Hope-of-Family The Hope of Family]]'':
-->Theo's nappy was sitting on the stairs and the two of them walked up the stairs and picked it up. They went to see Theo as he stood near the gate doing a little dance.\\
"You need to go toilet?" John asked him as he got a nod, "You don't need a nappy?" he got a vigorous shake of the head for that.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11540013/32/Benefits-of-old-laws Benefits of Old Laws]]'' Harry does the sitting-down version after Cormac [=McLaggen=] slips a dangerously-large amount of laxative into his morning pumpkin juice.

[[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/OverTheHedge'': Hammy the Squirrel does this after [[RipVanTinkle waking up from hibernation]].
* ''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)''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* An outtake exists from an ''AbbottAndCostello'' film of Costello stopping a take by doing the dance because he had to pee.
* ''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!"
* 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'.
* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'':
** Fregly reportedly does this while screaming "JUICE!! JUUUUIIIICE!!!!" as part of his bizarre use of slang.
** When Rowley is having a PottyEmergency while trick-or-treating, Greg draws him doing this.
** When Greg has a potty emergency in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKidTheLongHaul'', he interprets his pig's circling motions as him also needing to go.
* 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.
* A young prince does this in the children's book ''Prince Farfenugen and the Potty Dance''.
* In ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' novel ''The Commodore'', Hornblower desperately needs to escape a reception line at an imperial dinner because he's realized the Finnish translator provided to him plans to assassinate the Czar (using pistols stolen from Hornblower) and provides "the only excuse he could think of" to the master of ceremonies to get away. Though that excuse is not explicitly named, that Hornblower hopping from one foot to the other in his haste adds to the effect makes it pretty clear.
* ''Wiggles' First Day at School'': Wiggles has a PottyEmergency after recess, but doesn't want to miss the next activity.
-->''Everyone came inside and sat down, but Wiggles kept squirming! The teacher said, "Wiggles, do you need to go to the restroom?" And he said, "No, I don't want to!"''
-->''And the children said, "No, no, Wiggles! When you're doing the Potty Dance, it's time to go!''

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/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. It works for some people, but not for others, depending on invidual biologies.
* 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: Songs]]
* A children's songwriter named Judy Pancoast wrote a song called The Potty Dance, which is about a school child who is doing this while having trouble paying attention at school, after drinking a lot of milk and water. It is described in the intro as "swinging your hips from side to side, hopping up and down, knocking your knees together and looking really uncomfortable".
* A song on YouTube, entitled the Pee Pee Song, goes "I really have to go pee. I'm doing the pee-pee dance." as part of its lyrics.
* In the song ''My Willy Won't Go'' by a person known as Koit who does ToiletHumor songs, the protagonist is seen doing this at the end while queueing at the toilet stall.
* ''I Need to Pee'', which is a song parodying ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'''s ''Under the Sea'', has the line "I do this crazy dance or else I'm gonna wet my pants."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': Sims do this and yell at the player to get their attention so the player can direct them to the restroom.
* 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.
* An app designed to help toilet train children has the protagonists do this while saying "I really have to go".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Early on in [=ClockUp=]'s ''Euphoria'', Rika does the skirt-grab variant of this trope.
* In '' Lovely Day of Girlfriends & Me'', Yuka does the skirt-grab variant of this while on a date with Shou, before finally [[PottyFailure just going on the ground.]]
* ''Sucre Portable'': Sayoko does a [[HoldingHands one-handed]] version of this.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[WebAnimation/RWBYChibi Chibi Jaune]] is stuck doing one as people get in the door ahead of him, but he doesn't want to admit to Pyrrha why he's acting like that.

[[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.]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The DistantPrologue includes a family trying to escape ThePlague with their dog, which starts doing this after being in the car for too long.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead both do this in "Take A Number".
* 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".
* WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}} does this in "Pingu's Lavatory Story".
* ''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 ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', Mort does it in in "Friend In A Box" after drinking a lot of lemonade given to him by Kowalski and Julien. Julien remarks 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood'':
** Prince Wednesday in "Prince Wednesday Goes to the Potty". Teacher Harriet lampshades this. Daniel gets one in that same episode too.
-->'''Teacher Harriet:''' I can see you're wiggling around a little bit. Do you have to go to the potty?
** Daniel while at the music store in "Daniel Goes To The Potty". His father lampshades it as well.
-->'''Daniel's Father:''' Is that a dance move?
* Nina does this in every episode of ''WesternAnimation/NinaNeedsToGo''.
* 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".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': Emma does this in "Fast Times when the Rip Tide's High".
* Chuckie does this at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "A Dose of Dil", and again at the beginning of "Potty-Training Spike".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode "[=SpongeBob=] vs. The Patty Gadget'' Patrick is not celebrating [=SpongeBob's=] victory over the Patty Gadget because he has to go to the bathroom, and is visibly doing a potty dance.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' episode "Crime Wave" Mom and Dad decide to have a prune juice drinking contest after they lock Timmy in the bathroom to force him to take a bath. Towards the end of the episode they are both doing a potty dance as they try to get back in.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', Duncan does this while Dex is holed in the bathroom after being surprised by his new SuperPoweredAlterEgo; amusingly, despite being a BigBrotherBully, Duncan says "I have to make tinky!".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'':
** Lincoln does this in "Bathroom Break!" and "In Tents Debate", both times at his house.
** Leni does this in "Kick The Bucket List" while at the park.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Cub Panda does this in "Potty Time".
** Grizzly does this in "Planet Bears".

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Legoland in Windsor near one of the toilets, there are two Lego men 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.
* Two toilet signs in a building in New Zealand depict this.
* A How-to YouTube channel maker has a video called "How to Do the Need to Pee Dance", which has two professional dancers called Adrianne and Zach relaying the scientific theories on why some humans do this and doing a version that would be the most effective to this theory. They then combined the theories to create the "Ultimate Need to Pee Dance". It really looked like a dance!