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"Let's see you dance!"

Just about everyone who has used this trope, ever

A character with a gun fires quickly and repeatedly at the ground near another character's feet. The victim makes a series of awkward, near-reflexive jumps to save himself from being shot. Though his pride takes a sore beating, the victim's tender tootsies almost always survive unscathed.

Given the number of parodies and subversions listed below, this is obviously a Dead Horse Trope nowadays. Due to being a prominent trope in The Wild West, it most often involves revolvers, therefore they are often required to have Bottomless Magazines to shoot more than six times (Guns Akimbo can somewhat circumvent the problem but not for long, Throw-Away Guns is a rare occurence in such situation).

This should be obvious but Do Not Try This at Home. Pointing a deadly weapon, much less firing it, at someone should be reserved for life threatening situations. Firing a weapon should only be to eliminate a deadly threat in which case you should be aiming at centre mass. Deliberately firing near someone to scare them will get you into very serious legal trouble in most jurisdictions, not to mention you could hit and kill them accidentally, or someone behind them, and if the surface you are firing at is something like concrete the bullet could ricochet extremely unpredictably - you might even hit yourself.

Compare Hurt Foot Hop. Not to be confused with ballet dancing or with belly dancing.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • During the Vampire Twins arc in Black Lagoon, the local triad leader Mr. Chang had to do some unusual poses to dodge the full-automatic barrage of little Gretel's Browning Automatic Rifle. She evens compliments on his "dancing".
  • At one point in Eyeshield 21 Hiruma does this to his teammates while they're doing footwork training. "Do the dance from hell!"
  • Rare good guy doing this to bad guy example in Martian Successor Nadesico- the crew gets into a conflict with sinister Earth government officials. Izumi gets a kick out of doing this to The Men in Black.
  • In a banned Pokémon episode, "The Legend of Dratini", Team Rocket is made to do this dance as they finish reciting their motto while the Safari Zone warden shoots at their feet. The warden in general was the reason the episode was banned.
  • In Moriarty the Patriot Moran shoots at Dudley's feet in Dancers on the Bridge until Dudley finds himself over the edge of the bridge.
  • The Monster of the Week does this to Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon in episode 145 of Super S, only with nuts instead of bullets.
  • In Soul Eater BlackStar and Tsubaki end up doing this when the latter decides to confront a roomful of mobsters armed with tommy guns.
    • Black Star and Soul do the same during their fight with Kid.

    Audio Plays 

  • Done in The Firesign Theater's skit "Temporarily Humboldt County", from the album Waiting for the Electician: someone fires a gun (presumably) at a native American Indian's feet.

    'Let's see the war dance, yeah *bang* dance dance'.

    Comic Books 

  • The Life And Times Of Scrooge Mcduck: Scrooge does this to Flintheart Glomgold in "The Terror of the Transvaal" after tarring and feathering him. He does actually only shoot twelve bullets from both revolvers before reloading.
  • A favorite pastime of most Lucky Luke villains. Even sometimes Lucky Luke himself, generally to return the favor to one of said villains. In album Le Pied-tendre, this is shown to be a common "welcome" for immigrants foreign to The Wild West. Defied when tried on the title "tenderfoot", who's a Quintessential British Gentleman and stays utterly unimpressed by the locals' attempt to intimidate him.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Back in the Golden Age Wondy had a villain pull a version of this on her using swords; she had a bunch of henchwomen swing swords at Di's feet while Di "danced" on a table with her powers nullified with the promise of killing her once she couldn't avoid the blades anymore.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): In "The Master Plan of Paula Von Gunther" Diana forces the Warden to dance to avoid bullets from his own gun in order to make him lock her up.

    Films — Animated 

  • Variation: In Batman: Assault on Arkham, Harley Quinn tries the shoot the Joker in his cell. When he points out that the cell, including the transparent front plate, is bulletproof, she sticks the gun into an air hole and fires a shot that ricochets around inside, forcing the Joker into silly-looking gyrations to avoid it.
  • The snake version occurs in Batman: Soul of the Dragon. In an Establishing Character Moment, Jeffrey Burr pays off a call girl, but as she leaves she finds herself locked in a chamber where Jeffrey order her to dance for him. She refuses, and then the cobras come out... Her 'dance' doesn't last very long.
  • In Rango, as Bad Bill and his gang enter the bar they start shooting the ceiling and the feet of a farmer who owes them money, making him move rapidly to avoid the bullets.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Back to the Future Part III, Mad Dog Tannen fires a gun at Marty's feet while ordering him to "dance". Spoofed as Marty turns it into a full-fledged moonwalk, jumping on a loose board to launch a spittoon on Tannen for a finale. As another nod to Michael Jackson, you can hear Marty singing the chorus of "Billie Jean" to himself as he moonwalks.
  • Similarly to Blind Date (see below), the conclusion of Spike Lee's film Bamboozled, where the gangsta rapper Mau-Maus force Manray to tapdance one last time before shooting him. Spike Lee uses footage from the scene in "Bugs Bunny Rides Again" to contrast with the tragedy of the scene.
  • Inverted in the 1987 comedy Blind Date. Bruce Willis' character gets hold of revolver and forces his date's psycho ex-boyfriend to dance at gunpoint. After commanding the guy to moonwalk, Bruce stares for a moment, screams "I HATE THAT SHIT!" and then starts shooting at his feet.
  • Marty Feldman imagines doing this to a rival during an Imagine Spot in Every Home Should Have One.
  • Subverted in the gangster flick Goodfellas. Tommy actually shoots the bartender, Spider in the foot as he's doing the Bullet Dance. Spider is naturally resentful and insults Tommy on a later occasion; so this time Tommy empties his gun into Spider, and action that shocks even his fellow Mafiosi.
  • Older Than Radio: It was even done in the first movie western, The Great Train Robbery (1903).
  • An alternate version can be seen in Hero (2002), when the Imperial archers attack a calligraphy school, unleashing wave after wave of arrows. Nameless and Flying Snow stand in front of the school, brushing aside as many arrows as they can with martial arts moves that closely resemble dancing.
  • In Inspector Gadget, our favorite bumbling cyborg is face to face with his evil robotic double on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. When asked if he knows how to dance, Gadget mentions taking lessons not too long ago in what quickly becomes a Noodle Incident as Robo-Gadget fires at his feet.
  • Judas Kiss: While dealing with Dirty Cop Matty Grimes, Friedman fires his gun into the floor a fraction of an inch away from Grimes' foot; causing him to jump back and blurt out the answer Friedman wants.
  • During the finale of Little Shop of Horrors, Seymour grabs a revolver and tries to shoot Audrey II to little effect. Audrey snatches the gun from his hand, does some Gun Twirling then fires at Seymour's feet during the song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
  • The Mask: After Dorian and his accomplices stop The Mask and Tina's dancing in Coco Bongo, one of the henchmen tries to shoot The Mask, but The Mask manages to avoid the bullets using his elastic body and shapeshifting ability, before he got "shot for real" (pretending).
  • Pale Rider. The corrupt marshalls led by Stockburn force one of the pan miners to do this, until he reaches for his own gun and they can 'legally' shoot him.
  • Platoon: Taylor does this to a one-legged Vietnamese villager.
  • Prairie Fever: Olivia does this to James and Earl to prevent them following the wagon after their ambush goes wrong at the trading post.
  • The Quick and the Dead: Herod briefly makes 'Ace' Hanlon do this before killing him, as a means of showing his contempt for the Miles Gloriosus.
  • When tormenting Hoop for attempting to abandon the group in The Revengers, Quiberon and Job make him dance by throwing knives at his feet.
  • Shanghai Noon: Marshal Van Cleef's deputies try to make Chon Wang do this before he whoops them.
  • This was already being parodied by 1917 and Wild and Woolly. The protagonist, a goofball New Yorker who likes to dress up in cowboy clothes and pretend he's in The Wild West, does this to his butler. Later when he goes to a perfectly modern 1917 Arizona town, the townsfolk make it over to look like The Wild West for his amusement. Bullet Dancing is one of the tropes they fake.
  • In Wrongfully Accused when the police arrest and shoot the bad guys on the feet with a parody of Riverdance. The bad guys, in this case, are Irish terrorists, so it makes sense.


  • Wannabe hardcase Bill Wendee does this to the local schoolteacher in the short story "Bill Wendee Likes an Edge" in Sagebrush Sleuth by J.T. Edson.
  • A variation in Man Eaters of Zamboula. An Evil Sorcerer forces dancing girl Zabibi to dance between four cobras who keep lashing out at her.

    Live-Action TV 

  • In The Adventures of Superman episode "The Bully of Dry Gulch", the villain ends up hopping to avoid his former lackeys' (?) bullets.
  • The Aquabats! Super Show!: The robot gunslinger does this to MC Bat Commander in "Cowboy Android!".
  • A saber variant occurs in Batman (1966). Batgirl is singlehandedly fending off a fleet of Cossack henchmen. One of them stops the battle by throwing something in her path which causes her to slip. They truss her up and proceed to work their sabers on her, which she has to dance to avoid. Helpful in that Yvonne Craig was a trained dancer.
  • On Cleveland's Big Chuck and Lil' John Show a skit showed a cowboy at a saloon offering "Dance Lessons $20". He gives the beautiful saloon girl the money, but instead of dancing with her, a gunslinger comes out and everyone else starts clapping as they do the bullet dance.
  • The Carol Burnett Show: A sketch with John Byner has him as a gunslinger who enters a bar and takes over. It ends with him ordering everyone to dance as he fires around their feet. Lyle Waggoner is the bartender, Harvey Korman is one of the patrons, and the others are played by the Ernie Flatt Dancers. They all do a very well-choreographed number.
  • Doctor Who
    • In "Empress of Mars", one of the Victorian soldiers takes a shot at the Doctor's feet, causing him to jump back from Friday.
    • Inverted in "Spyfall" where one of the Doctor's companions is wearing spy shoes that fire lasers. When surrounded by hostile aliens he starts dancing, shooting laser beams in all directions.
  • Parodied on Australian Sketch Comedy program Double Take where a gunslinger makes an old prospector bullet dance, only for it to be revealed as an audition for So You Think You Can Dance.
  • A Fast Forward skit spoofing Kung Fu (1972) had cowboys doing this to Caine. His hat falls off and he's mistaken for Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett thanks to his bald head — the cowboys flee before he starts singing as well as dancing.
  • Jonathan Creek: Mr Ipswich does this to the two burglars who break into his house at the end of "The Sinner and the Sandman"; pulling a pistol out of his stuffed rabbit. The burglars think it is a prop till he starts shooting at their feet.
  • An episode of the 1990s Land of the Lost revival series has one of the main characters doing this to the Sleestaks using a ray gun he found.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "The Village That Rose From the Dead", a Crazy Jealous Guy does this to man who cuckolded him in preparation for shooting him for real.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: In "Murder Under the Mistletoe", the killer does this to Phryne; shooting at her feet in order to make her dance in keeping with his Twelve Days of Christmas theme.
  • In the Roy Rogers episode of The Muppet Show, Statler gets Waldorf bullet dancing, and Waldorf starts doing ballet. When they try it the other way around, all that happens is Statler gets a bullet in his foot.
  • The Red Dwarf episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse" has the leader of the gunmen get Kryten to dance this way.
  • Relic Hunter: Sydney does this to Reiner in "Diamond in the Rough". After Sydney gets Reiner's gun away from him, he grabs Nigel and holds him hostage. Sydney proceeds to empty the gun at Reiner's feet; forcing him to jump while delivering a lecture about why she Does Not Like Guns.
  • Tongue-in-cheek variation: In the second episode of the 2006 series of Robin Hood, Robin and his friends are robbed by bandits, then turn the tables; after tying the bandits up, Robin gets them dancing by shooting arrows at their feet.
  • On Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, there was a sketch set in a typical Western bar. Goldie Hawn asked Alan Sues if he wanted to dance. When he said yes, she produced a gun and began doing this to him. For good measure, guest star Lorne Greene commented, "He's very light on his feet."
  • Saturday Night Live had a Wild West sketch with Danny Devito where he played a stereotypical bandit doing this trope to a character played by Jon Lovitz, until the bandit accidentally hits the guy's foot, and spends the rest of the sketch summoning all his charm to make up for it.
  • In an episode of The Slammer, the Governor does this to Gimbert after he has lost the Governor's showtime suit and the Governor has to host the Freedom Show dressed as a cowboy (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Whiplash: In "Episode in Bathurst", outlaw Matt Denver attempts to to this Chris Cobb; who does not even flinch as the bullets impact by his feet. at the end of the episode, Cobb forces Denver to dance by cracking his whip at Denver's feet.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: In "The Xena Scrolls", Dr Janice Covington (Gabrielle) does this to the bandit who attempts to steal Mel (Xena)'s briefcase. Using a tommy gun.


  • In one of Stan Rogers's songs, an Albertan rancher makes some cattle rustlers do the bullet dance. In this case, it's the hero doing it to the bad guys.
  • The narrator of "Charlie M" by Space is being forced to do this by the titular criminal.


  • In the Act One finale of Girl Crazy, when Danny tries to restrain Molly from running off to Mexico with a Romantic False Lead, she derides him as a dancing man and starts firing at his feet.

    Video Games 

  • Used by cowboy robot gunslingers in Champions Online.
  • Referenced by the Flash Gitz of Dawn of War (the fastest-shooting ork unit), who have "Dance, 'umie! Dance!" as a quote. Of course, they're not shooting at their feet, but ork shooting being what it is, they might as well be.
  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening: Jester loves doing this as a parody, especially when he introduced himself. Dante shoots at Jester's feet when he's becoming annoying, then the clown breaks into the Charleston as he dodges the bullets. In his boss fights, Jester does this whenever you attempt to shoot him, though after a few shots, he's tired out and left wide open for some melee hits.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, Barret is on the receiving end of an accident example due to Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy firing.
  • Two Crazy Survivalists pull this on a North Korean soldier in Homefront.
  • Xigbar's ultimate attack in Kingdom Hearts II. He even calls out "Let's see you dance!" before unleashing it.
  • In Skies of Arcadia, Gilder references the trope when performing his "Gunslinger" S-Move, although since the enemies take (quite a bit of) damage from the attack they apparently don't dance very well.

    Gilder: C'mon... Dance for me.

  • In Spyro: Year of the Dragon, Agent 9 inflicts this on Moneybags with his laser gun after being freed by Spyro.

    Agent 9: Ooh, say, you ever see a bear dance? (cackles)
    Spyro: Uh... no.
    Agent 9: We-heh-heh-eeeeell, it's your lucky day! Check this out!

  • Parodied in Star Wars: Behind the Magic, which offers weapons demonstrations for, among other things, a blaster. The Stormtrooper used for the test subject starts dancing as is normally expected of the trope, and by the time the blaster has stopped firing, he's doing actual dance moves. He's finally shot in the chest when his routine ends.

    Web Animation 

  • Lampshaded in a sing-song voice and subsequently subverted in the "Spanish Class" episode of Stickman Exodus.

    Western Animation 

  • Variation: In an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, a man swings his dual dao swords at Uncle Iroh's feet, prompting him to dance and avoid the blades. Upon closer inspection you can see he just slashes in front of his feet, so it really wouldn't hurt him if he didn't move (but then he wouldn't get paid for dancing).
  • One Betty Boop cartoon has Betty held at gunpoint by a bunch of hillbillies who start shooting at her feet when she tells them that she is a dancer to get her to prove it. They are so impressed by her dancing that they join in and play music for her.
  • One of the most famous subversions was in the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Bugs Bunny Rides Again", where Yosemite Sam fires at Bugs' feet and orders him to "Dance!" — and Bugs breaks into a full-bore softshoe routine complete with straw hat and cane. Bugs then yells "Take it, Sam!" and the confused Sam does — straight into an open mine shaft.
  • In the Dilbert animated series Dogbert abuses his diplomatic immunity by commanding an Elbonian traffic cop to dance while firing at his feet. Dogbert then orders him to riverdance, whereupon the cop strips off his shirt and puts on a bandana he inexplicably had on his person.
  • Used once on Ed, Edd n Eddy with turkey basters filled with rubber cement.
  • Parodied in Kim Possible, in the episode where Ron is obsessed with the boy band "Oh Boyz". He gets out of a cage and dodges heat seeking lasers by — you guessed it— dancing.
  • Sindbad, played by Bluto, does this to a captured Olive Oyl in Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor using a peashooter.
  • Parodied on The Simpsons episode "Burns' Heir", in a flashback where Mr. Burns recalls performing this trick with a single shot pistol — firing, manually loading a bullet and powder into the muzzle, cocking the hammer, and firing again while the victim dances obligingly.
  • In an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Mandalorian Death Watch combatants make a bunch of captured droids to dance the "cowboy dance".
  • Bruce Wayne in a rather embarrassing scene from his three-part DC Animated Universe teamup with Superman in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "World's Finest."

    Real Life 

  • Real Life Bad Man Clay Allison is alleged to have actually done this to someone; the story goes that the man later tracked him down and returned the favor. Allison was supposedly so impressed he didn't even hold a grudge, despite the fact that (unlike the other guy) Allison had a club foot.



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Dances with weapons Online publication "Elements of Dance"

Dance with sabers, blades, daggers - why do we need these dangerous objects in peaceful art?

In fact, when we look at such a dance, we do not think about this issue at all. Simply beautiful, exotic, spectacular! But the emotional motivation of the dancer is very high. A steel weapon in itself has a strong energy, gives masculinity, confidence, and somewhere even spurs that hidden aggression that is inherent in nature in any man. If you have noticed, dances with weapons are very popular among the Caucasian peoples and among the Cossacks. Is it because it is much easier and more familiar for them to express their militant mentality in a dance with weapons? Exactly…dance is self-expression. The handle of a dagger or saber in the hand of a dancing man allows you to express yourself doubly emotionally.

And if today the sword dance has only cultural and historical significance, then relatively recently its practical significance was very high. It is no secret that the Cossacks, in particular, used the sword dance before the battle to warm themselves up, inflame the morale of their own troops, and destroy fear. It was considered the highest valor to perform a sword dance in front of the enemy, despite the possible death from a stray bullet. There was a subtle psychological moment here. The sword dance was also aimed at suppressing the will and intimidating the enemy. Judging by the reputation of the Cossacks as a fearless fighting brotherhood, this element of "image" was used very successfully.

There is a significant difference between male and female melee dances. Men demonstrate their fighting skills, women use blades and sabers to balance on different parts of the body.

Weapon dances have another feature... hypnotic. For example, if the belly dance is performed in the usual surroundings (open belly, seductive breasts, erotic movements), then it is undoubtedly mesmerizing. But add a blade or a saber to this dance, and it turns into a hypnotic performance. Belly dance with sabers differs from ordinary bellydance precisely in that the viewer's eye is drawn, riveted not to the dancer herself, but to the cold steel moving through her body and in her hands. Even the music for such a dance is chosen not soft lyrical, but with hidden energy, mystery, alternation of fast and slow fragments.

But let's start with the fact that weapons are present in women's dances for a specific purpose.

Why do women's dances with weapons "grow legs"?

If we turn to Freud and to some Eastern cultures, the knife or dagger is not only a symbol of creative and destructive forces, but also a male phallic symbol. No matter what anyone says, it is in this context that he is present in most women's weapon dances.

In many ancient cultures, women performed group cult dances with weapons in order to bring good luck to men in battle and hunting. Over time, the meaning of this ritual changed and moved into the erotic genre. The woman danced with weapons in front of her man, surprising with her body control and seducing with grace. The ability to keep a bladed weapon on the head during the dance, to sensually move it from one part of the body to another, while not dropping it on the floor, unambiguously demonstrated female sexual energy.

But let's get back to oriental dance…

The sword is used most often in women's dances. Although this "tool" is quite complex, as it has a large length and weight. The dancer has to find a point of balance so as not to drop the saber during the dance. It's hard to balance with her. To dance with the saber more freely, women resorted to various tricks: they attached a special stand to their heads, and rubber crumb was glued to the back of the saber.

The dagger is much easier to handle, lighter and more "mobile", you can come up with more variations of movements with it.

Belly dance with saber or dagger is usually performed with great grace and requires great body control. The alluring beauty of a woman is adjacent to a certain courage and dexterity. Indeed, in order to keep slippery steel on the body, it must be a) open, b) inactive. The saber (dagger) is better kept not on the fabric, but on the body, which is what the costumes of the dancers provide for. Those parts of the body where the weapon is placed either remain open (arms and shoulders), or the costume allows you to expose the desired area during the dance. For example, a skirt with a slit diverges when the hip is raised, if the composition is intended to place a saber on it. The position of the weapon looks very impressive, erotic, when the dancer places a saber or dagger on her chest. Of course, the bodice must be designed to support the bust well and withstand this extra weight. A dagger or saber can be placed on the thigh or stomach, on a leg bent at the knee, the balancing of the saber on the wrist looks beautiful, turns with the tip resting on the side.

At the same time, one should not forget that a weapon, even in a dance, remains a weapon. Therefore, performing various rotations and elements, deep backbends, bellydance dancers must have certain caution and skill so as not to get hurt. True connoisseurs of oriental dances with weapons say that it not only adds variety, but allows a woman to express an unlimited range of feelings, to create any image from seductive to aggressive.

In group weapon dances performed by women, there are sometimes elements of rivalry and struggle. The ability to wield a dagger and a saber is manifested in fantasy and a variety of movements with weapons. One dancer can use two sabers, a sword, daggers or blades in the dance.

Georgian sword dance Khevsuruli

Belly dance with swords is impressive. But what happens when edged weapons migrate to a dance of a completely different culture? For example, Georgian! - The impressions are amazing, the energy is fantastic. The militant highlanders were always in awe of weapons and used their sabers not only for their intended purpose, but also made them the main attribute of many national dances. Perhaps the brightest of them is Khevsuruli. Group dance. It begins quite lyrically and harmlessly: characteristic Georgian motifs, men, as usual, are courting beautiful Georgian women “floating” on the stage. Sabers are present in their hands, but at first attention is not focused on them. And only when the women leave the stage, the real “military rampage” begins, in fact, a very complex dance that can be called high art. They say that the founder of the National Georgian Ballet, the great dancer Iliko Sukhishvili, danced Khevsuruli every time, like the last, pouring blood from passion. And at the age of 60, he masterfully could do the most difficult element that was not given to young men in any way - a jump with two turns. Khevsuruli is like a serious duel of one dancer against another, two against one, three against one, on stage the couple is replaced by a couple or a group, jumps, turns, somersaults, throws over each other and all this in a frantic rhythm, and the main character is a saber in her hand every man.

Small round shields and sabers flicker with such speed that one involuntarily becomes frightening when they rush inches from the faces of the dancers. It is impossible to follow the movements, but the fear is replaced by the delight of the fact that in pair duels, with each swing of the sabers, sparks fly in different directions from blows. Such a contact dance, where everything is “for real”, inspires respect and admiration for the skill of the dancers, one can feel their many years of preparation. The final scene of Khevsuruli is the most spectacular. Instead of a shield and a saber, two daggers appear in the hands of the dancers, and to the accompaniment of drums, a mass dance-duel begins on the stage. You understand that such a performance requires coordination, as in a good fight. Very spectacular!

Another famous "Dance with Daggers"

Masterpiece of dance art of the Ossetian people. This virtuoso dance can now only be seen performed by professional dancers, and once upon a time it was an indispensable attribute of any national holiday.

An unusually complex dance requiring masterful toe movements and virtuoso fencing with daggers. It is rightfully considered the hallmark of Ossetian choreography.

In the classical version, the dance is performed by two young men. Everyone holds one dagger in their hands, starting to dance at a rather slow pace. During the dance, the tempo reaches fast several times and returns to slow. All movements are performed only on toes, the young men never fall on their feet. In excitement, the dancers begin to fence with daggers at such a speed that it seems to the audience that lightning flashes in their hands. After several complex manipulations, the daggers are laid behind the collar of the beshmet, and at this time, two more daggers are served to each. A new series of the most complex fencing movements and the following daggers are laid behind the collar of the beshmet already in front. The audience again serves them two daggers each. Gradually, each dancer gets 12-14 daggers. Young men hold 5-6 pieces with their teeth in the form of a fan, a few pieces are placed under a hat. In this case, there is always a pair in the hands. At the end of the dance, the daggers are gradually shed, the dancers stab them into the ground in a checkerboard pattern. Continuing to dance, the young men maneuver between the daggers without touching them. General approval and ... to replace a new pair of dancers.

Raise layers of other cultures…

Sword dances are common throughout India. The Kol Peria dance is also popular here - a kind of performance with a shield and a stick.

During the Muharram holiday, it is customary for Muslims to demonstrate possession of a sword by performing something similar to a dance.

The Scottish Crossed Sword Dance is still part of the compulsory training of soldiers in national divisions, and is also a solo dance in competitions (non-combat replicas of swords are used) and is often included in the program of events such as the Highlander Games.

In the ancient Japanese theatrical art of Bugaku, which is very popular to this day, weapon dances also occupy a prominent place. This musical and choreographic performance, among other things, includes a warrior dance (bu-no mai) - a colorful military dance with sabers, spears and halberds.

Ossetian and Chechen lezginka often use edged weapons as an accessory.

Caucasian peoples and Cossacks dance with nunchucks and even short-barreled small arms.

And we are sure that if we delve deeper into this topic, then among the dances with weapons there will be spears of African peoples, and tomahawks of American Indians, and many, many more exotic folklore, which characterizes a person's love for weapons.

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Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM

This style of dance involves a lot of freedom and improvisation. That is why he is so good. You can master the basic movements in a couple of hours, and then complicate them to infinity and combine them with each other, create your own combinations and spy on others.

Dance in sneakers, socks or barefoot, in any outfit, anywhere.

Master the basic movements of the shuffle

In this style, you do all the basic movements with your feet, the hands most often move freely - according to the heart.

Running man

This is the most basic and essential shuffle movement. You can do it in three different ways.

Full foot

The movement begins by bending your knee and lifting one leg. Next, you need to simultaneously put both legs - supporting and raised - at a distance of one step from each other.

The raised leg is placed forward on a full foot, the standing one behind slips back on the ball of the foot and remains on it - the heel is not placed on the floor. The weight is evenly distributed between the two legs.

After that, it remains to return to the starting position. To do this, the front leg slides back, and at the same time, the back leg is pulled up. You find yourself in the starting position and repeat the cycle. The movement itself is soft and springy: do not stick into the floor, keep your legs relaxed.


This is a lighter and faster running man look that may be needed for some combinations. Here you put your foot not on the whole foot, but on the heel. At the same time, the one standing behind remains on the toe.

On pads

In this variation, the foot is placed forward on the pad. At the same time, the one standing behind also remains on the ball of the foot, and the body leans slightly back.


In this movement, one foot constantly makes a “herringbone” - turns the heel in and out - and the second touches the floor and immediately rises back.

When the heel of the skating leg turns inward, the toe of the other foot touches the floor, when outward, the other leg rises, turning the knee inward.

It turns out two positions: closed - when the legs are wrapped with the knees inward, and one leg is raised, and open - when the legs are turned out with the knees outward, and the toe touches the floor. Practice doing the T-step in both directions: slowly at first, then with acceleration.


You jump on one foot, and the other touches the floor in different places: on the side of the supporting leg, across, behind - anywhere you want. You can put your foot on the toe or on the heel - the latter is called a kick. The supporting leg can simply rise low or perform a T-step - move the heel out and in.


To begin, you turn your knees and toes inward and lift one leg. Then turn your toes and knees outward, and put your raised leg forward crosswise. Repeat the same with the other leg.

All movement occurs on the balls of the feet, the heels do not fall to the floor. You can move both forward and backward.


First you put your feet crosswise with your toes outward with a jump, then you also spread your legs apart with a jump.


One leg is straight, standing on the whole foot, the other is with a bent knee on the pad. Leaning on the pad, you slip the foot of a straight leg back, as if wiping the sole on the floor.

Immediately after the slip, you turn around. In the turn, the straight leg bends and goes to the pad, and the one that was on the pad, on the contrary, turns on the heel. After that, it remains only to change legs and move in the same way in the other direction.


From the starting position - standing with a raised leg, as in Running man - you turn your hips to the side with a jump and put your legs crosswise.

The front foot is on the heel, the back foot is on the ball. Then you jump back to the starting position and do the same on the other side.


From the starting position, you turn your hips to the side with a jump and spread your legs a step apart from each other. The standing foot in front is placed on the heel, the standing one behind remains on the pillow. Then, with a jump, you collect your legs and do the same on the other side.

Try other variations of the basic shuffle movements

You can perform the basic movements in different directions: forward and backward, turning around. This will give you more freedom to improvise.

Variations Running man

Do several times in place and then turn around. You can also try walking this way to the side. Each time the leg will need to be placed slightly crossed in order to slowly move to the side.

Variations T‑step

You can lower your foot on the toe, on the whole foot, touch the floor to the side of the supporting leg or forward and behind it.

You can also keep the other leg on the floor at all - leave it on the toe and turn the knee in and out.

Variations Diamond

Here one more element is added to the movement – ​​the heel strike. In the starting position, you wrap the toes of the feet and knees inward, and then jump on the heels, turning the socks to the sides.

From this position, without jumping, you turn your toes and knees inward, cross your legs with a jump, turning your feet with your toes outward, and then return to the starting position.

Charleston Variations

After three turns of the Charleston, turn both toes in one direction and then in the other. At the end, you can turn the knee to the side.

Combine familiar shuffle moves

While you lack the skills to move freely and come up with something of your own, learn a few combinations. They contain interesting movements that will replenish your dance vocabulary.

Combination 1

This is a simple combination of two basic movements - Running man and T-step. First take five Running man steps, then four T-steps to the side and repeat the same in the opposite direction.

Combination 2

Another combination of two basic movements. Here you do three Running mans, then one T‑step with a back foot touch, and two front heel touch kicks. The same on the other side.

Combination 3

There are no standard steps here, but there are already familiar Sidekick and transition from heels to toes.

Learn more difficult combinations

We will add some videos with good combinations.

1. Cool video for beginners: movements are repeated in slow motion to make it easier to dance to the music.

2. And here the combination is analyzed step by step in slow motion, dividing it into three parts. Very comfortably. Look for more on this channel, there are several such analyzes.

3. There is no slowdown here, just a great combination. But you already know almost all the movements, so you can figure it out. If something is not clear, watch the video at a speed of 0.25.

Pick up the music and improvise

Surely you have favorite songs that you can shuffle to. Include them and start with basic movements: just do the Running man and periodically add different elements when you want. Move in different directions, relax and have fun.

If you don't have favorite tracks, try our selection.

I must say that the shuffle is an amazing cardio workout. In just a couple of tracks, you will be out of breath and sweat, like after a run, but you will feel absolutely happy!

What's more, if you have to force yourself to keep going while running, shuffle requires you to have the willpower to stop and not dance.

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