How to Dance

A Goofy Cartoon

Release Date : July 11, 1953

Running Time : 6:17


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.




Jack Kinney
George Nicholas
John Sibley
Edwin Aardal
Claude Coats
Effects Animation
Blaine Gibson
Bruce Bushman
Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney
Joseph S. Dubin

Inside Jokes

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


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The World According to Goofy
Mickey, Donald, Pluto et Dingo en Vacances
Pippo Superdetective
Come Divertirsti Con Paperino & C.
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : Pippo Pasticci e Simpatia


United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The World According to Goofy
Let's Relax


United States
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Musik Spass Superstars
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
Extreme Music Fun
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 3 : Starring Goofy
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 35: More Sport Goofy
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 41
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 45

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English


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!

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