In some ways, Halloween and dancing have a lot in common. Both can feature some pretty fantastic costumes, and both can give the participants a chance to step outside of themselves for a little while. Whether you’re dancing the tango or two-stepping across a sawdust floor, dancing gives you a chance to escape your ordinary life, for a little while at least.
So what happens when you bring together the creepy and the choreographed? Why, you get some dangerously diabolical dances! Here are five (and a bonus or two!) of Fred Astaire Dance Studios’ favorite Spooky Dances.
- Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Sort of a music video, sort of a short film; whatever you consider it, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was a hit. The performance video with its dancing werewolf and choreographed zombies hits the right notes between thrilling and chilling.
- “The Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
This popular number is as simple as it is popular. The cult classic movie features a lot of audience participation and this number is by far one of the most popular. It’s become such a tradition it is sometimes played at dances and weddings.
- A Harry Potter homecoming
So, maybe this Harry Potter-themed dance number isn’t scary — but it is scary good! The Walden Grove High School dance group pulled off a stunning and inspiring routine set in the world of wizards for their school homecoming assembly. It’s been a viral video sensation ever since.
- Britain’s Got Talent insane clown posse
Cross the pond for this next video… if you dare! Clowns can be creepy and this London-based dance group took full advantage of that fear with this insane performance that even had Simon Cowell a little scared — and he’s usually the one that’s frightening.
- Halloween comes to Dancing With the Stars
Holidays are always a fun time on Dancing With the Stars and back in Season 25 of the hit show was no exception. During this Halloween-themed evening, the dancers were divided into two teams: Team “Monster Mash” and Team “Phantom of the Opera.”
We’re not sure which group we liked better, but the judges were Team Phantom all the way!
- Scaredy-cats and Fred
To wrap things up, we’ve got to throw in a little Fred Astaire. It’s the “Piano Dance” from the 1950 film Let’s Dance. The skill displayed here is heart-stopping, but the only scare comes in the form of some four-legged friends toward the end!
If you don’t want to end up looking a fright on the dance floor, come by your local Fred Astaire Dance Studios for a lesson. You’ll bewitch your partners in no time!