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"Staying Alive" Dance Pose

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A Stock Parody and Stock Pose, when somebody dances in fiction, they're likely to mimic John Travolta's iconic pose from Saturday Night Fever, with their arm stretched out and hand pointing toward the sky. When licensed music is allowed, it's usually combined with "Staying Alive" by The Bee Gees — except for Saturday Night Fever itself in which Travolta dances to "You Should Be Dancing".

Related to the Gratuitous Disco Sequence. Compare "Risky Business" Dance.


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  • In Airplane!, during Ted Stryker's flashback about how he first met Elaine, before dancing with her, he throws his jacket off and strikes the pose, only for someone to throw the jacket back at him.
  • Tony P. does the move in Mystery Men, while dancing the Hustle in the Disco room. A couple of the other Disco Boys do it while fighting the Mystery Men; it seems to be not just a dance for them but also a part of their martial arts style.
  • Bigfoot is seen doing it in the background on A Goofy Movie, listening to "Staying Alive" on a Walkman, no less.
    • In the sequel, everyone does it during the disco scene.
  • Chicken Run is supposed to take place in The '50s, but that doesn't stop the rats Nick and Fetcher from striking the pose during "Flip, Flop, and Fly."
  • Willard (Chris Penn) strikes this pose during the final prom scene in Footloose.
  • Rowan subjects a large group of police and soldiers to this at one point during Ghostbusters (2016). The credits revisit the scene and turn into a dance number while he knocks them out of alignment with his moves.

    Live-Action TV 

  • The Sesame Street Fever album cover, which mimics the design of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album cover with Grover as John Travolta and Ernie, Bert, and Cookie Monster as the Bee Gees.

  • MAD: Alfred E. Neuman strikes the pose on the cover of an issue spoofing Saturday Night Fever.
  • Newspaper comics: There's a Garfield strip where Jon does this at a party. The disco ball then falls on his head.
    Jon: *strikes pose* BOOGIE! BOOGIE! BOOGIE! *ball falls on head*
    Garfield: Let's boogie on home. I'll lead.
  • In one of his Star Trek memoirs, William Shatner included a picture of himself as Captain Kirk inadvertently striking this pose, with a snarky caption.

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    Video Games 
  • The dancing zombie in Plants vs. Zombies does this move, which summons four other dancing zombies to join him.
  • The cats and dogs representing the player's lives in the Jimmy T. and Jimmy P. stages in Wario Ware: Smooth Moves.
  • The way in which Iku Nagae of Scarlet Weather Rhapsody brandishes her spell cards looks a lot like the pose, leading to a lot of doujinshi associating her with disco.
  • Junpei Iori of Persona 3 fame performs this exact pose when he finishes the last shadow in an enemy party.
  • The cover for Persona 4: Dancing All Night shows the Investigation Team, minus Rise, pulling this pose.
  • The "I Will Survive" dancer from Just Dance 2014 does a version of the pose.
  • World of Warcraft: the dance animation for the male human is this dance, for reasons known only to Blizzard. Of course it does kind of fit with the overall derpiness of the male humans in the game (one of the few games that violates the general principle that male characters always look better than female ones). It often features prominently in machinima productions due to being so iconic and adorkable. As many of the villains either are humans, or have a human form (such as Deathwing, a dragon): there is much comedic potential for this dance in machinimas. It's particularly funny given the propensity of armor models to clip through each other due to this being a game made in the early 2000s. The large shoulder pads that male humans have, usually go through their head when they go for the pointing pose. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Space Station Silicon Valley, Dan Danger poses as such in the "Heroes for Hire" ad.
  • Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled: Ami's hologram in Slide Coliseum does this move.

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Alternative Title(s): Disco Point, Standard Disco Dance Pose, Skyward Pointing Dance Pose


Mario dance

Mario dances in this pose with a Disco Ball Thing in the background.

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