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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.

Performance[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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]

Appearances[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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Bam! Smack! Pow!
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:45:00 -0700

Also, as CBR's Robot 6 was quick to point out, it was a badly missed opportunity for 500-plus people to do the Batusi. Between Nexen (which sounds like an evil comic book corporation, by the way) and Chibatman, the Dark Knight is being used for smiles ...
 
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 ...

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 ...

Comicbook.com

Comicbook.com
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.
 
A.V. Club Austin
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:03:45 -0700

But by 2003, I'd already absorbed the film's most iconic moments through other media: The Jack Rabbit Slim's twist contest was sanitized and repurposed so quickly, CGI ants were doing the Batusi no less than four years later. A disparate collage of ...
 
Diario de Navarra
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

11.30 h. Exhibición de Parkour, de la mano de Traceur Dani y Traceur Xabi. Demostración de l@s chic@s de la localidad de lo aprendido en el taller. 11.30 h. Imposición de pañuelicos en el salón de la Casa Consistorial a l@s quint@s 12.00 h.
 
Diario de Navarra
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:10:30 -0700

Bargota 11 a 13 horas, hinchables y Kars. 13.15 horas, III Concurso Local de Jotas y degustación de Pintxos. 16.30 a 18.30 horas, hinchables y Kars. 20 a 22 horas, disco móvil Batusi. 22 horas, toro de fuego. 1.15 horas, actuación de “La década ...
 
Diario de Navarra
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:56:15 -0700

20 a 22 horas, karaoke, bailes y disco móvil Batusi. 22 horas, toro de fuego. 22.30 horas, degustación y cena fría. 00.30 horas, karaoke y disco móvil Batusi. 00.40 horas, concurso de disfraces, entrega de premios y disco móvil. Berriozar 9 horas ...
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