- This article is about the dance in a general context. For the music that plays with it, see Kirby Dance (theme).
The Kirby Dance is a dance Kirby does in most of his games. Kirby's "dance moves" (sprites used in the dance) within the dance may vary between games and scenarios. Mostly in older games where game memory was limited, it is a common tradition to reuse sprites that already have a use elsewhere during the Kirby Dance. Usually, the dance starts whenever Kirby completes a level, but in some games, like Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby will only dance under specific circumstances, usually when he defeats a boss. In the games where he does dance regularly, he may create two copies of himself and dance for a longer period of time upon obtaining a Star Rod piece or when he gets the best possible score in the Goal Game, for example.
Kirby's Dream Land
In Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby will dance whenever he obtains a Sparkling Star. However, upon obtaining the final Sparkling Star, Kirby will do a different and much shorter dance, and the normal Kirby Dance jingle will not play.
Kirby's Adventure / Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
In Kirby's Adventure and Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land, Kirby will dance when he completes the Goal Game or when he obtains a Star Rod piece. Getting to the top platform of the Goal Game or obtaining a Star Rod piece will make Kirby create two copies of himself and dance for a longer period of time, as earlier mentioned.
Kirby's Pinball Land
Kirby dances for a long amount of time and with two copies after obtaining a Star Rod piece by defeating any of Kirby's Pinball Land's bosses, except for King Dedede. In addition, every 500000 points that are scored, three Kirbys will perform a dance, but many of the dances are different than a normal Kirby Dance, for example, a dance which includes the three Kirbys jumping over each-other repeatedly, or a dance including the three Kirbys balancing on top of each-other while walking to the left of the screen.
Kirby's Dream Course
Kirby will dance upon completing every course except Course Dedede in Kirby's Dream Course. Kirby will always do the long version and create copies no matter what his score is. In 2-player mode, only the winner will dance, although both Kirby and Keeby will dance if they tie.
Notably, Kirby's Dream Course features an unlockable bonus feature called the "Dance Select", which allows the player to view all of the possible dances in the game from the main menu. This is unlocked by earning Silver or Gold Medals on all Main Game and Extra Game courses. There are eight distinct dances for the 1P Game and five for 2P Game. Of the 2P Game dances, two each depict Kirby or Keeby winning, while the fifth is for draws.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
In Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby will dance after the Goal Game or whenever he defeats a boss, with the exceptions of King Dedede and Dark Matter. Kirby will not create copies of himself in the Goal Game no matter how high he gets, but when he defeats a boss, (besides the bosses listed above), he will create copies of himself. If Kirby is currently with an Animal Friend, they will not be copied, but will participate in the dance as well.
Notably, Kirby's Dream Land 2 features more variations of the Kirby Dance jingle than any other title in the series, having six in total. Five of them play after the Goal Game, with longer ones playing depending on how high up the player gets in it, while the sixth and longest variation plays after boss fights.
Kirby's Block Ball
In Kirby's Block Ball, Kirby will dance whenever he completes a stage, usually below the player's total high score.
Kirby Super Star / Kirby Super Star Ultra
In Kirby Super Star and Kirby Super Star Ultra, the Kirby Dance is performed in four out of the eleven modes. In addition, during the Kirby Master video in Kirby Super Star Ultra, Kirby will do the long version of the dance, but instead of creating copies, two Waddle Dees join him. It should be noted that in the game modes, if a Helper is currently assisting Kirby, they will also participate. Also, the short version of the dance's jingle sounds different than the long version, and the Kirby Master video plays a different-sounding jingle than the other two versions. However, the only differences between versions (besides the length, of course) is that different instruments are used. The modes the dance is performed in are the following:
Like in Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby will do a long dance and create copies whenever he obtains a Sparkling Star in Spring Breeze, except for the star he obtains after defeating King Dedede, where he will do a shorter dance without creating copies. However, unlike in Kirby's Dream Land, the Kirby Dance jingle will play.
In Dyna Blade, Kirby performs a short dance without creating copies upon completing the Goal Game.
Milky Way Wishes
In Milky Way Wishes, Kirby will dance shortly without creating copies upon obtaining a Sparkling Star from a planet.
Revenge of the King
In Revenge of the King, Kirby will perform a long dance with copies after obtaining a Sparkling Star and a short dance without copies after defeating King Dedede. The jingle will once again play after defeating King Dedede.
Kirby's Star Stacker (Game Boy & SNES)
Once Kirby has completed the last round in one of the difficulties in the Round Clear mode, he will get on his Warp Star and leave the screen. He then come back with two of his clones, and all three will start dancing.
In the Game Boy version, the Kirby dance sprites are drawn at double the size of Kirby's usual gameplay sprites. According to the Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition booklet, this was done because they could show more detail by using larger graphics.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
In Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, the Kirby Dance makes an appearance after defeating a boss and completing the every stage 4 on every level from 1 to 7. In this game, Kirby will only do the long version of his dance just like in Kirby's Dream Land.
Kirby's Dream Land 3
In Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby will dance after defeating every boss except King Dedede, Dark Matter, and Zero. If Kirby is controlling an Animal Friend, they will once again dance with Kirby. In this game, Kirby will only do the short version of his dance, and will not create copies.
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
In Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby will dance after obtaining a Mirror Shard or after completing a Goal Game. Kirby will dance for a longer period of time when he obtains a Mirror Shard than when he completes a Goal Game. Kirby will not create copies of himself under any circumstances, though he will dance with any of the other Kirby clones who may be present. When all four are together, they can end with a unique pose at the end.
Kirby: Canvas Curse
In Kirby: Canvas Curse, the Kirby Dance happens after the Goal Game, and after defeating a boss at the end of each world, but with some differences, since Kirby himself can't dance like he usually does due to being transformed into a ball. Instead, he'll bounce around while its jingle plays, and in the top screen, five Kirbys in a sepia colored screen will dance normally. A short dance will happen after the Goal Game, no matter the score, and a long dance will always happen after defeating a boss.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby will dance under two conditions: after completing the Goal Game, and after defeating a boss (with the exception of Dark Nebula). If Kirby completes a level without getting any treasure, he will dance shortly and create no copies. If he obtains at least one treasure chest, big or small, he will do the long dance. He will also create copies for each treasure chest (excluding the first one). So if he gets one treasure chest, he will create no copies, if he gets two, one copy, and if he gets three, two copies. After the dance is over, Kirby and his copies will each open the treasure chest they appeared next to.
Kirby's Epic Yarn / Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Kirby and Prince Fluff will dance after the Goal Game in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, and after obtaining a piece of the Magic Yarn. In normal stages, only the short dance is used if the stage is cleared with a Bronze or Silver rank, but a long dance will be used if a Gold rank was obtained. Obtaining a piece of the Magic Yarn will always result in a long dance. Much like in the main series, the dances performed are randomized to an extent, with several involving the use of various Yarn Transformations. One of these has Fluff and Kirby transforming into a baseball and umbrella, which are forms not seen in regular gameplay.
After defeating Yin-Yarn, the two will start a Kirby Dance only to be interrupted at the very end, as Yin-Yarn's needles reveal to be sentient and fly up to use the Magic Yarn to create Mega Yin-Yarn. They are later able to do a complete long dance after defeating Yin-Yarn's final form and sending the needles back to Patch Land.
Kirby's Return to Dream Land / Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
In Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby, and the other playable characters if present, will dance after completing the Goal Game, after obtaining a piece of the Lor Starcutter, and during the Kirby Master video. They will dance for a short period of time after completing the Goal Game if their score is under 1, and dance for a long period of time if their score is 1. They will always dance for a long period of time after any of the two latter conditions are met. Starting with this game, if any character lands on the lowest scoring platform in a Goal Game, said character will end the dance with a saddened look.
Additionally, during the Kirby Master video, along with normal Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee, a yellow Kirby will join the dance, which is presumably a copy. Aside from that, Kirby never creates copies during the dance.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
In Kirby: Triple Deluxe, once again, Kirby will dance after the Goal Game. If his score is less than 1, he does a short dance, and if his score is 1, he does a long dance. He will not create copies after completing the Goal Game. He will also dance after obtaining a grand Sun Stone, and do the long dance, as well as creating copies. Finally, during the Kirby Master video, Kirby does the long version, and is joined by King Dedede.
Kirby Fighters Deluxe / Kirby Fighters 2
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Kirby and Elline dance whenever clearing a stage in Story Mode, with a short dance for regular stages, and a longer one after defeating a boss. In the last stage - The Final Battle - Kirby starts a dance after Elline and Claycia are reunited, but this dance is interrupted when Dark Crafter emerges from Claycia's blinders.
Kirby: Planet Robobot
In Kirby: Planet Robobot, Kirby will dance after the Goal Game, once again dancing for a long period of time if is score is 1 and a shorter period of time if his score is less than 1, without creating copies in either conditions. He'll dance for a long period of time and create copies when he defeats every boss aside from Mecha Knight+, President Haltmann, and the final boss.
Kirby Battle Royale
Whenever a battle is complete in Kirby Battle Royale, the winner(s) will perform a short dance on the results screen. At the end of a series of battles, the overall winner(s) will perform a longer dance.
Kirby Star Allies
Kirby will dance after the Goal Game in Kirby Star Allies, as usual. He'll perform a long dance if his score is 1, and a short dance if his score is less than 1. He'll dance for a long period when he defeats every story mode boss, (except the final boss), as well as every boss in Heroes in Another Dimension, dancing for a long period of time. While he never creates copies after either condition is met, he'll dance with any active friends. The player's chosen friend will also perform the dance in Guest Star ???? Star Allies Go! after defeating Hyness. Each friend has a unique final pose for the dance.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
Kirby will do the short version at the end of each stage. Bandana Waddle Dee and Elfilin will each join in if they are present. If the stage ends with rescuing three Waddle Dees in a cage, they will also join in. The long version is performed after freeing Elfilin in Point of Arrival and Lab Discovera, alongside defeating an end-of-area boss. The long version is also performed after initially resurrecting Leongar in the Isolated Isles of Forgo Dreams, in which Leongar also joins in near the end.
Super Smash Bros. series
In every game in the Super Smash Bros. series, Kirby performs a variation of his dance whenever he wins a battle, along with the theme. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he will dance with two copies of himself if he is not on a team. A shorter version of the dance is also mapped to his up-taunt in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and subsequent games (just the final pose in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate).
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
- Main article: Pink-Collar Blues
In the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Pink-Collar Blues, the Waddle Dees perform the Kirby Dance after defeating the Domestic Servant Robot and being re-hired by King Dedede. Kirby initially seems to be unaware of this dance, but quickly picks up on it. This is insinuated to be when Kirby first learned the dance that would later become associated with him in the games, though it is never seen again in the anime series.
- Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the only Kirby main-series game to not have the Kirby Dance, as finishing either the Goal Game (regardless of the outcome) or a boss battle will immediately transition to the stage select screen. Despite this, unused music for the Kirby Dance can be found in the Sound Check as Tracks 061 and 062 of this same game – the former is the four-measure version, while the latter is the two-measure one.
- Neither the Kirby Dance itself nor its theme is used at all in Kirby Mass Attack, and Kirby's Blowout Blast.
- Kirby also danced the Kirby Dance during the Kirby 30th Anniversary Music Festival. While introducing the audience to the pen lights provided for the concert, Kirby performed the dance (humming the dance tune somewhat off-key) to cause all of the pen lights to light up Kirby-pink.
- In Kirby Battle Royale, each character model (Kirby, Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, and King Dedede) has three unique dances. All three are played in a set sequence at the final results screen, while either the first, second, or third dance is chosen during intermediate results. One may notice that whenever one given character does their first dance, every other character does the same corresponding dance (all celebrating players do their first, second or third dances together regardless of who they are.) This was presumably programmed as such to synchronize the dances of players choosing the same character, but then also affects others.
- For example, when Meta Knight does the dance imitating a Shuttle Loop, every other character does a particular dance.
Names in other languages
kǎ bǐ tiào wǔ
|Dutch||Kirby's dansje||Kirby's dance|
|French||Danse de Kirby||Kirby's dance|
|German||Kirbys Tanz||Kirby's Dance|
|Italian||Il ballo di Kirby||Kirby's dance|
|Portuguese||Dança do Kirby||Kirby's dance|
|Spanish||El baile de Kirby||Kirby's dance|