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Batusi /bæˈtsi/ was a 1960s style go-go dance invented for the Batman television series. The name is a pun on the then-popular dance the Watusi.


The Batusi is performed by making a horizontal V-sign with one's index and middle fingers of both hands, and drawing them across in front of the eyes, away from the center of the face simultaneously, with the eyes roughly between the fingers. This is performed in time with the music, and is improved upon by continuing to dance with the lower half of the body, simultaneously.


The Batusi first appeared in the premiere episode of the 1960s American television series based on the comic book character Batman.

There are conflicting reports as to who invented the dance, which became a national craze on the dance scene. One account is that it was invented by dance instructor Arthur Murray for Batman, and was supposedly first performed at a cocktail party at a New York City discothèque, Harlow's.[1] But in a 2005 Wizard magazine interview, Adam West claims credit for creating the Batusi's unique moves.[2]


The Batusi was seen in two episodes of the original Batman TV series. The first, "Hi Diddle Riddle," was the series' first episode and originally aired January 12, 1966. The second, "The Pharaoh's in a Rut," was the 28th episode and originally aired April 14, 1966.

It has reappeared in many TV shows including two episodes of The Simpsons,[3][4] Xena: Warrior Princess,[5] and Everybody Loves Raymond,[6] and Shaggy refers to the dance in an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You![7] It has also been in movies such as Pulp Fiction, Antz, and Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt.

The cover of the DC comic Solo #7 featured a drawing of Wonder Girl in mid-Batusi. The cover (by writer/artist Mike Allred) was originally meant to be one of the Adam West TV Batman in the same pose. However, due to unspecified tensions regarding DC's relationship with the company that produced the 1960s TV show, Allred was forced to submit a different cover for the issue.[8]

The Batusi was mentioned in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" during the song "Drives us bats!".

External links[edit]

Batman TV Show dances


  1. ^ "Dance & Dancing - The Batusi (Batman)". TV Acres. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Wizard Entertainment". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Plow" (originally aired November 19, 1992)
  4. ^ "My Mother the Carjacker" (originally aired November 9, 2003)
  5. ^ "Lifeblood" (originally aired March 13, 2000)
  6. ^ "Robert's Wedding" (originally aired May 19, 2003)
  7. ^ "Decoy for a Dognapper" (originally aired October 11, 1969)
  8. ^ "Mike Allred explains the decision to change the "Batusi Batman" cover". Comicscommunity.com. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:22:30 -0700

Swept up by the trends, Batman changed his suit choosing brighter colours, as clearly he was on some mighty psychedelic drugs, which likely inspired his disco dance, the Batusi. Leaving behind whatever memories were left from his drug abusing lifestyle ...
Colorado Springs Gazette
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:33:45 -0700

If you watch this series looking for a light hearted Adam West-style Batusi dance number or are expecting a growling Christopher Nolan-esque Batman you're going to be disappointed. Bruce Wayne is a 12-year old boy in this series and in the pilot ...


Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:15:00 -0700

which is eminently stupid because Little Kid Batman isn't going to wear a cape and punch baddies in the face and he probably won't even Batusi. Now, granted, there is the “But maybe it'll be like acclaimed comic book Gotham Central and be a crime ...

The Independent

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Shattered, actually. Over the weekend, 542 employees at Nexen, an oil and gas company based in Calgary, Alberta, dressed up like The Dark Knight, came together, and did what anyone in that situation would do: Danced. They didn't Batusi or Batdance, ...

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:18:20 -0700

and "Pow" and the Batusi. Others suffered from cheeseball writing and lame effects, notably the rudimentary wall-walking in "The Amazing Spider-Man" of the late 1970s. But most of these shows, including more respected adaptations such as "The ...
Entertainment Weekly
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700

It's unclear if Shipp's character will ever interact with Pays, although presumably if they do interact, it would cause some kind of continuum-bursting TV-canon-rebooting Crisis event that would somehow involve Adam West's Batman teaching the Batusi to ...


Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:36:13 -0700

2) The 1960s TV Series Batmobile - When you Batusi like Adam West can, you need a ride that carries just as much swagger. Most likely the inspiration for “Pimp My Ride,” the grooviest of Batmobiles is also the most recognizable across all generations.
Le Figaro
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Mais à mon avis, tu devrais ajouter d'autres danses populaires de l'époque.» Alors il m'a demandé: «De quelles danses tu parles?» Je lui ai répondu qu'il y avait le batusi, le hitchhiker, le swim et le twist. Je lui ai fait une démonstration et il les ...

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