How to Dance
Studio: Disney Release Date : July 11, 1953 Series: Goofy Cartoon

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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.


(Voice: Van DeBar 'Pinto' Colvig)



Jack Kinney


Edwin "Ed" Aardal
George Nicholas
John Sibley


Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney


Joseph S. Dubin


Claude Coats


Bruce Bushman

Effects Animation

Blaine Gibson


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


RKO Radio Pictures

Clips Used In:

Mickey Mouse Disco
Buyer Be Wise

Contains Reused Animation from:

Californy 'er Bust

Included in:

A Salute to Father

Inside Jokes

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


  • 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.


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United States

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


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Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

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

The Complete Goofy
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Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy
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Extreme Music Fun

United Kingdom

Disney Treasures : Wave 2 : The Complete Goofy


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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
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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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).