Dance AU

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Synonyms: Dancer AU
Related: Dancing in Fanworks, Alternate Universe
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Dance AU is a multifandom trope. It covers fanworks in which characters are professional dancers and/or choreographers, students or teachers at a dance school, or enter dance competitions (when said characters do not do these things in canon).

As of 11/09/2020, out of the 2700 uses of the AO3 umbrella tag, 1350 were (also) specifically tagged Alternate Universe - Ballet.

Generally the dancing plays a part in the work's plot.

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  • His Perfect Partner (on AO3) by fountainofthought. (Glee, Kurt/Blaine, 100k, 2012.)
    After five disappointing seasons on Dancing with the Stars, professional dancer Kurt Hummel finally has his chance at ballroom glory. With actress and fan favorite Kim Schrodinger as his partner, Kurt vows to channel all his focus into winning that mirrorball trophy--distractions, including men, be damned. Enter Blaine Anderson, a gorgeous, confusing pop star who may turn out to be the biggest distraction of them all.
  • Dancing With The Moon by starsandgrace. (Teen Wolf, Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, 11k, 2013.)
    Dancing With The Stars AU. Stiles Stilinski, former child star, has been strong-armed into participating in a reality show by his agent in an attempt to raise his profile and actually get him some work as an adult. With champion dancer Laura Hale on his arm, Stiles might even stand a chance of going all the way. Their only obstacle (aside from Stiles' complete inability to cha cha cha) is Lydia Martin and her professional partner—Laura's brother, Derek.
  • Take Me to Church by neversaydie. (MCU, Steve/Bucky, 125k, completed in 2015.)
    Steve Rogers is a struggling artist. It's not as romantic as it sounds.
    What Steve really wants is a job as a session musician. He can play enough instruments that he could make a decent amount of money doing it, but in New York there are just too many talented musicians and not enough jobs to go around. So he takes jobs in hipster bars, hotel lobbies, at weddings and bar mitzvahs and office parties.
    If he gets one more request for Let it Go, he swears he'll find it within himself to punch a child.
    He lives in a tiny, shitty apartment with Sam, who was his sort-of-boyfriend for a few weeks until he decided Steve's very domestic relationship goals weren't for him. They're still pretty much best friends, luckily for Steve, because when the regular pianist at Sam's dance company runs away to Canada he's recommended his roommate and got him the job before Steve even knows about it.
    Dancers. Steve's going to have to spend his days with dancers. Great.
  • Shut Up and Dance With Me by wittyy_name. (Voltron: Legendary Defender, Keith/Lance, 250k, completed in 2018.)
    Lance and his friends have been regulars at the Altea Dance Studio for years.
    Not just for classes, but to hang out, practice, and spend time with good people who love dancing. Every year, they audition to be one of the few representing Altea at the regional dance competition. Lance always auditions solo, but this year he misses out on auditions and blows his chance to participate. And so does his self-proclaimed rival, Keith.
    Luckily, Shiro comes up with a brilliant plan: convince Lance and Keith to audition as a duo.
    With a little convincing, and a lot of effort, these two might just be able to pull it off and go to regionals... or they might crash and burn.

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