The Kirby Dance (カービィダンス Kābīdansu) is a term used to describe the short dance Kirby does in most of his games usually after accomplishing a certain action (which is usually completing a level or defeating a boss), though the dance itself differs depending on the game, and sometimes there are multiple variations in the same game. Kirby is sometimes joined by two or more other Kirbys (or Helpers/Animal Friends) who mirror or accompany him in his dance.
In most games, Kirby splits himself in three and does the dance. In Kirby Super Star (and its remake, Kirby Super Star Ultra), Kirby is joined by his helper to do the dance, if he has one, and in Kirby's Dream Land 2 and Kirby's Dream Land 3, he is joined by an animal friend, once again, only if he has one.
In Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Kirby is joined by three differently-colored clones of himself and depending on how many are with him when a boss is defeated, both the dance and the finishing pose will be different.
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby, who's been transformed into a ball, cannot do the dance himself but rather a group of Kirbies are seen doing it on a black and white screen (with the appearance of an old movie) behind him (on the top screen).
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, the number of Kirbys that do the dance depends on the number of treasure chests Kirby has collected in the level: if he collected 0 or 1 treasure chest, 1 Kirby does the dance, if he collected 2 of them, 2 Kirbys do the dance, and finally if 3 are collected, 3 Kirbys do the dance.
The Kirby Dance appears in episode 42 of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!; Pink-Collar Blues (which is episode 47, Come Home', Dear Waddle Dee, in the Japanese version) where Kirby witnesses King Dedede's Waddle Dee doing the dance, and then finishes the episode by doing it himself.
The music used for the dance was changed in the English dub however.
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In the Super Smash Bros. Series
Three variations of the Kirby Dance are used in the Super Smash Bros. games as Kirby's victory pose after winning a match. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kirby's Up taunt is also inspired by the Kirby Dance.
- Counting Pokédex 3D, the Nintendo 3DS contains five references to the Kirby Dance.