Dance: The Musical – The Song List

With Sky: The Musical underway, thought it was time for the song list from the previous musical. A reminder that Act 2 (of Sky) is Tuesday at 9:30 pm (Eastern US). See the Hear Ye page for more information.

Compared to other musicals, Dance: The Musical was short – only four acts. From in-the-title keywords as dance, dances, dancing, dancers, compound words with dance, to types of dances, the contributors to this blog provided 165 songs. This is a wonderful list, thus perfect for a playlist.

Enjoy the list … and thanks for participating to make Dance: The Musical a smashing success.

DancePlaybillAct 1: Dance (48 songs)
Dance to the Music (Sly and the Family Stone)
Dance Dance Dance (Beach Boys)
Dance the Night Away (Cream)
Dance Me to the End of Love (Leonard Cohen)
I Can’t Dance Ants in My Pants (Louis Jordan)
When We Dance (Sting)
Dance With the One Who Brought You (Shania Twain)
She Just Wants to Dance (Keb Mo)
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Whitney Houston)
Dance the Night Away (Van Halen)

Let’s Dance (Chris Montez)
Do You Wanna Dance (Bette Midler, Bobby Freeman)
The Mummer’s Dance (Loreena McKennett)
Zorba’s Dance (André Rieu)
Dance Naked (John Mellencamp)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty)
Last Dance (Donna Summer)
Dance With My Skeletons (Erik Tyler)
Dance With My Father (Luther Vandross)
Your Mama Don’t Dance (Loggins & Messina)
Let’s Face the Music and Dance (Nat King Cole)

I Can’t Dance (Genesis)
Dance on a Volcano (Genesis)
Dance (While The Music Still Goes On) (Abba)
Let’s Dance (David Bowie)
Take Off Your Clothes When You Dance (Frank Zappa)
Dance Into the Light (Phil Collins)
Dance Some More (Mango Groove)
Shall We Dance (King and I)
Dance Dance Dance (Neil Young)
Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)
I Don’t Dance (High School The Musical)
Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney)

Dance On Little Girl (Paul Anka)
Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow (Paula Abdul)
Don’t Forget to Dance (Kinks)
Dance Little Sister (Rolling Stones)
Dance Ballerina Dance (Nat King Cole)
All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Don Henley)
Save the Last Dance For Me (The Drifters)
Bailamos (Shall We Dance) (Enrique Eglasias)
Dance Again (Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull)
Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)
Square Dance (Eminem)
Baila Esta Cumbia This (Dance Cumbia) Selena
I Don’t Wanna Dance (Eddy Grant)
Just Dance (Lady Gaga)
Dance on the Bayou (Mamou)

Act 2: Dancing (34 songs)
Dancing in the Dark (Ray Conniff)
Dancin’ Fool (Guess Who)
Dancin’ Fool (Frank Zappa)
Dancing Machine (Jackson 5)
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin; (Scissor Sisters)
Dancin Shaggin on the Boulevard (Alabama)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
Dancing in the Street (Martha & the Vandellas/Mike Jagger & David Bowie)
You Should Be Dancing (Bee Gees)
John, I’m Only Dancing (David Bowie)
Dancin’ Man (Fred Astaire)

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (Leo Sayer)
Dancing Mood (Dave Brubeck)
Dancing Barefoot (Simple Minds)
Dancing In The Rain (Hillary Weeks)
Heads Were Dancing (Kate Bush)
Dancing With the Moonlight Knight (Genesis)
Dancing Shoes (Dan Fogelberg)
When We Are Dancing (Louis Armstrong)
I was Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (John Mayer)
Dancing in the Moonlight (King Harvest)
Dancin’ Party (Chubby Checker)

Dancing On The Ceiling (Lionel Richie)
Come Out Dancin’ (Ricky Nelson)
Slow Dancing (Willie Nelson)
Dancing on the Jetty (INXS)
I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man (Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren)
Dancing Cheek to Cheek (Irving Berlin, from the movie Top Hat)
Attitude Dancing (Carly Simon)
Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)
King Crimson: Lady Of The Dancing Water (King Crimson)
I’m Just a Dancing Partner (The Platters)
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Ultravox)
How Could We Still Be Dancin’ (Brian Wilson w/ Elton John)

Act 3: Dancers (31 songs)
Dance Hall Days (Wang Chung)
Private Dancer (Tina Turner)
Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Slow Dancer (Boz Scaggs)
Little Gandy Dancer (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Dance Ballerina Dance (Nat King Cole)
Ballroom Dancing (Paul McCartney)
Flashdance … What a Feeling (Irene Cara)
Claire de Lune/Ballerina (Styx)

Fancy Dancer (Commodores)
If I Were a Dancer (Rolling Stones)
Music Box Dancer (Frank Mills)
The Ballroom Blitz (The Sweet)
Nina, Pretty Ballerina (Abba)
Disco Dancer (Devo)
Land of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett)
Dancers in Love (Duke Ellington)
Dancer and the Moon (Blackmore’s Night)
For a Dancer (Jackson Browne)
Blood on the Dance Floor (Michael Jackson)
Ballerina Girls (Lionel Richie)

My Wife The Dancer (Engelbert Humperdinck)
Dance Floor (Kylie Minogue)
Lonely Ballerina (Michele McLaughlin)
Dancehall Queen (Beenie Man & Lady Saw)
Moondance (Michael Buble/ Van Morrison)
Ballerina (Van Morrison)
Black Satin Dancer (Jethro Tull)
Death of the Disco Dancer (The Smiths)
Riverdance (Bill Whelan)
Spanish Dancer (Stevie Winwood)

Act 4: The Dances (52 songs)
Lambada (Kaoma)
Do the Freddie (Freddie and the Dreamers)
The Bunny Hop (Lawrence Welk)
The Funky Chicken (Rufus Thomas)
Boot Scootin’ Boogie (Brooks and Dunn)
Electric Slide (Marcia Griffiths)
Chicken Dance
Macarena (Los del Rio)
Harlem Shake (Baauer)
The Locomotion (Grand Funk Railroad)
Wobble Baby (V.I.C)
Jitterbug (Cab Calloway)

Jamaican Rumba (Percy Faith Orchestra)
Do the Hustle! (Van McCoy)
The Stroll (The Diamonds)
Zydeco Boogaloo (CJ Chenier)
Tick-Tock Polka (Frankie Yankovic)
Tango Flamenco (Armik)
Bossa Nova (Estopa)
Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy (Andrew Sisters)
Carlito Samba (Andy Fortuna)
Samba Do DJ (Art Popular)
Mashed Potato Time (Dee Dee Sharp)
Conga (Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine)
Disco Lies (Moby)

Swing Little Girl (Charles Chaplin)
The Charleston (Green Hill Instrumental)
Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega)
Begin the Beguine (Cole Porter)
Jumpin’ Jive (Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers)
Dark Waltz (Hayley Westenra)
Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits)
Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)
The Twist (Chubby Checker)
Gangnam Style (Psy)
Gutter Ballet (Savatage)
Tango Bolero (Hans Bund)
The Rich Man’s Frug (a Bob Fosse production)
Do the Bus Stop (Fatback Band)

Amethyst Quickstep (Marc Reift Orchestra)
Monster Mash” by Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Zorba’s Dance
Camilia Slow Foxtrot (Marc Reift Orchestra)
Rain Dance – Guess Who
Wah Watusi (The Orlons)
The Bop (Ms. Bop)
Breakdance (Irene Cara)
Do the Limbo Dance (David Hasselhoff)
Cowboy Cumbia (Javier de Molina)
Cha Cha Slide (Mr. C the Slide Man)
Cha Cha Gabriel (Jimmy Bosch)
Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard (Alabama)

Dance the Musical – Act 4: The Dances

The Story
Whether as a ritual, a tradition, or the sign of the times, dance is an expression that crosses many cultures. Dance is social, ceremonial, and competitive. Whether at a club, in a ballroom, on a gymnastic mat, in water, on a stage – dance is personal – dance is fun – dance is energy on display. Dance expresses and it entertains.

From the time we are babies bouncing along in someone’s arms or on a lap, dance has played a role in everyone’s life in some way. Dance: The Musical aims to capture the essence of this activity that brings DancePlaybilljoy to many.

Program (Past Posts)
Act 1: Dance
Act 2: Dancing
Act 3: Dancers

Act 4: The Dances
There are many forms of dance – the formal, the trendy, the cultural, and more. Whereas previous acts focused on different aspects of dance, Act 4 is about the dance – but not “dances”.

Although dances is in the title, dances is not the keyword for this act – actually, it should not be used. This act is about the name of a dance.

  • Song titles with a dance in the title (ballroom type or popular) (EX: Waltz is a dance, so “waltz” must be in the title
  • There are so many, the “only one song per dance” rule will be applied (EX: Once waltz is used, no more songs with waltz in the title)
  • No children songs or dances
  • Beware of 2-word dances as Square Dance. This requires both words together, thus not automatically qualifying square or dance.
  • “Dances”, on its own, is NOT acceptable, thus agitates The Producer. (EX: She Dances, Josh Grobin)

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.

Announcement
Welcome to the closing act for Dance: The Musical. You, the audience have helped gather 112 songs in the previous 3 acts. A toast to your efforts, but now you face the greatest challenge in aFa Productions history.

Our theme is The Dances, and the guidelines are stated above in the program. Because many possibilities exist, we hope to see performers from Strauss to Chubby – from Offenbach to Lou Bega – from The Diamonds to Baauer – from Freddie and the Dreamers to Rufus Thomas.

The production team went gone back to 1989 for the opening act. Although a worldwide hit, this song and dance (the lambada) was most popular in Latin America. Some of you may not know the song or the dance, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Let’s hear it for Kaoma with The Lambada.

Dance: The Musical – Act 3: Dancers

The Story

To illustrate what I mean, an apt dancer may be in thorough unison with the others in that particular group, and at the same time reveal a difference in dancing temperament, rhythm or technique; she may phrase, accentuate or actually interpret differently. (Florenz Ziegfeld, producer)

The body cannot lie. You cannot be somebody else onstage, no matter how good of an actor or dancer or singer you are. When you open your arms, move your finger, the audience knows who you are, you know. (Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer)

The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul. (Isadora Duncan, dancer)

I did not want to be a tree, a flower or a wave. In a dancer’s body, we as audience must see ourselves, not the imitated behavior of everyday actions, not the phenomenon of nature, not exotic creatures from another planet, but something of the miracle that is a human being. (Martha Graham, dancer)

Let’s not call physical comedy falling down and pratfalls. All humor is physical, no matter how you dish it out. It’s timing, like a dancer or an athlete would have. (Chevy Chase, actor/comedian)

I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy. (Mitch Hedberg, comedian)

DancePlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Dance
Act 2: Dancing

Act 3: Dancers
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.

If dance is an action painting to music, dancer is the artist of motion. Some names are synonymous with dance: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gene Kelly, Martha Graham, Anna Pavlova, Gregory Hines, Rudolf, Nureyev, and Sammy Davis, Jr, to name a few. Interesting, Baryshnikov said, “No dancer can watch Fred Astaire and not know that we all should have been in another business.”

Although Dancers is the title, this act is much more – thus offers a variety of choices of keywords in the song title. After all, there are different dancers and common places to dance

  • Songs titles with dancer(s), dances, a specific dancer (as ballerina) or compound words including dance
    • (EX) Dancehall is an acceptable compound word,but happy dance is not acceptable because it is not a compound word.
    • Exception: dancehall, dance hall, dance-hall, dancefloor, dance-floor, and dance floor are acceptable – but this exception is not applicable to other compound words
  • Dances refers to the actual word, not a specific type of dance
  • New addition: Ballroom will be accepted

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.

Special Note: Next week’s Act 4 will be tricky, so plan ahead by visiting the Hear Ye page, then (if needed) ask questions.

Announcement
For opening acts, we at aFa Productions tend to go with classic artists or surprises. This time, even we surprised ourselves with our choice. Then again, this was a chance to demonstrate the exception in the rules. The date was 1984, so some in the audience may recall this group from watching the early days of MTV. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Wang Chung to the stage with Dance Hall Days.

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.

Announcement
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.

Dance: The Musical – Act 1: Dance

The Story
Dance: A rhythmic movement to music

Dance: Shake a leg, cut the rug, trip the light, get down, groovin, jivin’

Dance: Sways, twirls, gyrations, dips, whirls, hops, spins, swings, shimmiesDancePlaybill

Dance: Ballet, Disco, Club, Boogie, Ballroom, Contemporary, Belly, Square, Hip-hop

Dance: An expression of feelings – a story – a style

Dance: As a metaphor – When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. (Wayne Dyer, psychologist)

Whether as a ritual, a tradition, or the sign of the times, dance is an expression that crosses many cultures. Dance is social, ceremonial, and competitive. Whether at a club, in a ballroom, on a gymnastic mat, in water, on a stage – dance is personal – dance is fun – dance is energy on display. Dance expresses – Dance entertains.

From the time we are babies bouncing along in someone’s arms or on a lap, dance has played a role in everyone’s life in some way. Dance: The Musical aims to capture the essence of this activity that brings joy to many

Program
Act 1: Dance
Dance: The Musical starts with dance – that is all songs must have Dance in the title.

Caution: Other forms of the word (dance) as dancer, dances, dancing, dancin’, dancefloor, dancehall, and any other form of the word are excluded from this act.

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.

Announcement
Welcome to Opening Night of the latest aFa Production – Dance: The Musical. High school dances on the weekends were big back in my day. In honor of those days in my past and for your opening entertainment – ladies and gentlemen – it’s time to Dance to the Music with Sly and the Family Stone.