How to Dance
Studio: Disney Release Date : July 11, 1953 Series: Goofy Cartoon
  1. General Info

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Synopsis

A history of the dance, from primitive man down to modern times shows that man maybe hasn't progressed as far as he thinks he has.

Characters

Goofy
(Voice: Van DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig)

Credits

Director

Jack Kinney

Animator

Edwin "Ed" Aardal
George Nicholas
John Sibley

Story

Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney

Music

Joseph S. Dubin

Backgrounds

Claude Coats

Layout

Bruce Bushman

Effects Animation

Blaine Gibson

Producer

Walter Elias "Walt" Disney

Contains Reused Animation from:

Californy 'er Bust

Inside Jokes

  • The dancing school that Goofy attends is named "Atencio's School of Dance", a reference to Disney artist Xavier Atencio.

Trivia

  • The jazz band in the final dance sequence is "The Firehouse Five Plus Two", an actual Dixieland jazz band composed of Disney personnel including Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas, George Probert, Harper Goff and Eddie Forrest.

Television

Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 41)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 45)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The World According to Goofy

France

Mickey, Donald, Pluto et Dingo en Vacances

Italy

Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Pippo Pasticci e Simpatia
Come Divertirsti Con Paperino & C.
Pippo Superdetective

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The World According to Goofy
Cartoon Classics : More Sport Goofy

Japan

Mickey and His All Stars
Let's Relax

DVD

United States

The Complete Goofy
Starring Goofy

Germany

Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Musik Spass Superstars

Italy

Extreme Music Fun

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy

Sweden

Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy

Canada

Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy

Technical Specifications

Running time: 6:17
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

Reviews and Comments

From Nikki :

Definitely one of the funnier "how to" shorts. Poor Goofy its not his fault he had 2 left feet. The best parts would have to be when he gets electrocuted and when he does something naughty to the lady when they go outside.

From Ryan :

To start out, we've got the narrator talking about how the poor dancer is always the one sitting at the table, watching the women's purses, always coming up with a lame excuse not to dance such as a broken leg, and worst of all, being the one stuck with paying the bill. Some fun gags of this cartoon I enjoy are when Goofy goes up to an apartment room. The viewers at first, will think he's going to dance with an actual woman, but he comes out with a dummy instead. Still, this is a good way to practice. Finally, Goofy is ready, but not ready for a fast dance as he goes through.

From Baruch Weiss :

Well I can safely say that Goofy learned "How to Dance", but he should have learned a fast dance!

From Bryan Hensley :

Learning to dance isn't easy for some of us; just ask Goofy! If you like jazzy or classy music (or from other countries), then this short is for you! I don't know why but this short is shown twice in the same Disney DVD collection! (Disney's Classic Cartoon Favorites collection volumes 3 and 6!) Later on, they did it again for Pueblo Pluto from volume 12 of said collection into It's A Small World of Fun volume 3, only that version was restored. And again for Hello Aloha from C.C.F. volume 7 into that same future volume, only with at least one added sound effect. And they've done it again for some shorts in the Animation collection from 2009! (since my parents are divorced, my copies of the Animation Collection usually stay at my mother's house, not my daddy's.) Learning to dance isn't easy if you explain it algebraically. At least you can use diagram footprints to dance. But don't leave your door open if the wind's blowing, or your heinie will be kicked literally! Man, we've come a long way in dances in over 10,000 years!

From Politzania :

1953’s How to Dance featured the Firehouse Five Plus Two, the jazz band formed by some of the animators at the studios. A humorous history of dancing leads to the current day, where George Geef realizes he’s being left out of things by not knowing how to dance. He first tries to learn via a diagram, then graduates to a partner... a dressmaker’s dummy! Geef then attends Atencio’s School of Dance (a reference to Imagineer X Atencio, of course!), where he experiments with different native dances, then progresses to ballroom dancing. Geef takes his date to a club where the Firehouse Five are performing (as caricatures of themselves).

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    Jack Kinney: Director
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    Edwin "Ed" Aardal: Animator
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    George Nicholas: Animator
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    John Sibley: Animator
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    Blaine Gibson: Effects Animation
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    Milt Schaffer: Story
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    Dick Kinney: Story
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    Bruce Bushman: Layout
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    Claude Coats: Backgrounds
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    Joseph S. Dubin: Music
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    Walter Elias "Walt" Disney: Producer
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