Eccentric Dancing: The Honeymooners.

Animators need to watch eccentric dancing.  This is dancing that’s intended to make you laugh. It’s the simplest form of physical comedy. To help introduce you to the best funny dancing of the past, I post the best clips I can find. If you click on the tag “dance” to the right, you can see more.

Here I share two great clips from the classic television show The Honeymooners.   If you aren’t familiar with the program, it was an inspiration for the The Flintstones.  The star was Jackie Gleason, his character was named Ralph Kramden. His buddy was his upstairs neighbor, Ed Norton, played by actor Art Carney.

In one episode, Ralph wants to learn to dance, so Ed tries shows him some moves.

This next compilation is set to some fun music, and gives a quick look at Jackie Gleason’s dancing.

Silly Dance

I love eccentric dancing. “Eccentric” is another word for funny.

This example has some simple lessons. The male dancer is obviously playing drunk. The odd positions of his feet give his legs a strange tension, and make him appear unbalanced, something contrary to dancers. One of the simplest methods of comedy is to appear foolish and out of control, but still be able to do amazing things. Here, the drunk can still dance better than most people.

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