Dance: The Musical – Act 2: Dancing

The Story

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself. (Havelock Ellis, psychologist)

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. (T. S. Eliot, poet)

The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing. (James Brown, musician – the Godfather of Soul)

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls. (Gene Kelly, actor/dancer)

The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing till the last moment, the last drop. (Rudolf Nureyev, dancer)

I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around. (Fred Astaire, dancer)

DancePlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Dance

Act 2: Dancing
Dance is a rhythmic action to music, but it’s also an event where the action occurs. Then again, from the time we most-likely first danced on someone’s lap, one can dance anywhere – around the house, down the aisles of the grocery store, or wherever one desires.

Those who do it well, dance with style while expressing a message. For others, dancing is a fun activity because it brings them joy.

Act 2 features songs with Dancing or Dancin’ in the title.

Caution: No duplicate songs, which includes the same song by a different artist.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

No matter the skill level, dancing is an expression for the dancer. Opening an act with an instrumental, but Act 2 is about dancing. Ladies and gentlemen, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to honor a dancing legend for the opener. Enjoy not only Dancing in the Dark by Ray Conniff (which is from the movie Band Wagon), but also the expression by Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire.


129 thoughts on “Dance: The Musical – Act 2: Dancing

  1. Oooohhh…I always love Cyd Charisse! Add Fred and you’ve definitely got smooth down to an art…
    Well, I’ll go in a different direction! How ’bout a little Jackson Five with “Dancing Machine”? I almost gave a second song but I shall leave the options to the others… However, should my second song not show up, I reserve the right to add another! Deal?


  2. I can’t dance 😦 Never have.. never will probably..
    Irony, I choreographed and organized some of the most memorable mini-ballets and dance dramas in college. I could tell them what they should do, but never danced myself haha.. just lazy I guess and too much of an anti-social creature.


  3. I can’t think of any song besides “Dancing in the Dark— that I like—- with that gerund in the title, so I will just get me some punch, and sit this one out with the wallflowers over by the wall.


  4. Good Evening …
    A little late for the musical (Latin Style). I checked the other songs today. I didn’t see this one I’m adding. I went for the real theatrical with Bob Fosse. I danced to Dancin’ in the Dark choreographed in his style. Every movement is felt when executed. It was an audience pleaser.
    I’ve seen it several times. I hope you enjoy it. I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man – Fosse
    Isadora 😎
    p.s. Are we having wine at intermission. 🍷


    • Merril,
      Believe it or not, I considered Dancing Check to Check in the opener, only to discover (like yourself) that isn’t the correct title. However, knowing the importance of the opening act setting the stage by being a good example, I followed The Producer’s strong suggestion of not using it. However, because this is such a classic, (and much to the dismay of The Producer), I stated this song would be accepted if and only if a guest brought it forward …. (thus meaning I couldn’t use it – which made The Producer less agitated.) So, from the movie Top Hat, here’s Fred & Ginger … and thanks for mentioning it.

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