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That Old Song And Dance


The topic is songs about dancers, and I will not lead off That Song By Elton John, but rather with ABBA's Nina, Pretty Ballerina(1973).
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Private Dancer by Tina Turner really should still be getting air play as far as I'm concerned

All She Wants to do is Danceby Don Henley

Safety Dance by Men Without Hats

There's so many but I'll give someone else a chance now.
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Private Dancer by Tina Turner really should still be getting air play as far as I'm concerned

All She Wants to do is Danceby Don Henley

Safety Dance by Men Without Hats

There's so many but I'll give someone else a chance now.
Safety Dance is about dancing, not dancers. Fine difference, I know.
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The Loco-Motion - Little Eva and later Grand Funk Railroad. Only song to hit #1 in a version both by female and male singers.
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The Loco-Motion - Little Eva and later Grand Funk Railroad. Only song to hit #1 in a version both by female and male singers.
Again, that is a song about dancing, not dancers.
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Safety Dance is about dancing, not dancers. Fine difference, I know.
Point taken; that does narrow it a bit.

Dancing Queen by ABBA
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Dancing in the Dark
Again, that is a song about dancing, not a song about a dancer.
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I don't think so. The singer is singing about himself as the dancer.

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark.
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancing in the dark.
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I don't think so. The singer is singing about himself as the dancer.

You can't start a fire
You can't start a fire without a spark.
This gun's for hire
Even if we're just dancing in the dark.
He is singing about himself as a possible sex partner.
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"Pretty Ballerina" by the Left Banke.
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Disco Inferno by The Trammps:

To my surprise, one hundred stories high,
People getting loose, y'all, getting down on the roof, do you hear?
The funk was flaming, out of control!
It was so entertaining, when the boogie started to explode!

Satisfaction, came in a chain reaction!
I couldn't get enough, 'til I had to self-destruct!
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I'm a little confused about whether Tiny Dancer is about an actual dancer working as a seamstress for the band, or just a dream sort of thing, so judge for yourself.

Pretty Ballerina by Left Banke is fairly clearly about a real human.
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"Very Soft Shoes" from the 1959 musical Once Upon a Mattress:
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“Stop Stop Stop” by the Hollies:
See the girl with cymbals on her fingers
Entering through the door
Ruby glistening from her navel
Shimmering around the floor

…and so forth.

Then, of course, the singer gets kicked out of the club for getting handsy.

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Does Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance with Me" count?
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She took my arm
I don't know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

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Just keep your eyes on me
I said you're holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
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And if non-English songs count, Yvette Giraud's "La danseuse est creole".
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The long Gotta Dance sequence from Singin' In The Rain.

And before anyone says it's about dancing, it's the story of a guy seeking employment as a professional dancer
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"She's a maniac, maniac on the floor
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Thirty posts, and no one has mentioned "Cheek to Cheek"?

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak;
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek

Heaven, I'm in Heaven
And the cares that hung around me thru the week
Seem to vanish like a gambler's lucky streak
When we're out together dancing, cheek to cheek


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Old 97s - "The Dance Class". The protagonist is an agoraphobe in love with a girl in a dance class across the street.

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Thirty posts, and no one has mentioned "Cheek to Cheek"?
Presumably because it's about dancing rather than specifically about a dancer as the OP requested. See posts #5 and 8.
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Presumably because it's about dancing rather than specifically about a dancer as the OP requested. See posts #5 and 8.
It's Fred Astaire singing about himself dancing with Ginger Rogers as he dances with Ginger Rogers. How does this not meet the criteria?
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Tomorrow from Bugsy Malone. Technically about someone that wants to be a professional dancer.
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Kinks, "Come Dancing"
Specifically about Ray Davies' sister (who, in real life, died of a heart condition in a dance hall)
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It's Fred Astaire singing about himself dancing with Ginger Rogers as he dances with Ginger Rogers. How does this not meet the criteria?
Well, take it up with the OP, but ISTM that it's pretty clear that the OP's criterion is a description of someone else dancing. Not about the emotions that the experience of dancing makes the narrator feel (which is what "Cheek to Cheek" is about), even if the singer happens to be a famous dancer in real life.

For example, the OP explicitly disqualified "The Safety Dance", which is also about the narrator's feelings about dancing.

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I realize that all songs about dancing are also about the people doing the dancing, but for the purpose of this thread I would just like to stick to songs about the dancers themselves.
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Would Copacabana count? Lola is a dancer, but most of the plot of the song is about stuff to the side of that (a couple men fighting over her, her being a has-been who's still trying to cling to when she was Hot Stuff)...though it is all consequences of her dancing.
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The same is true of Lily from Dylan's Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts. Lily is an exotic dancer, and loved by both JBig Jim and the Jack of Hearts

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The Hold Steady, "Spinners"
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She's two years out of some prairie town
She dresses up and she spins around
Little looks and smiling talk
Heartbreak hurts but you can dance it off
She's two years out of some prairie town
She dresses up and she spins around
She never lets them tie her down
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Barroom Girls by Gillian Welch

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"Sharon" by David Bromberg is about an exotic dancer.
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Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman is about the singer's girlfriend (a bad one obviously) who is an exotic dancer.
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Frank Mills- Music Box Dancer!! Part 2, of course!
This remix version, perhaps?
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