The Monkees (1966–1968)
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Dance, Monkee, Dance 

Peter wins a free dancing lesson at Renaldo's Dance Au Go Go and is tricked into signing a lifetime contract. When Micky and Mike try to get him out of it, they end up with similar ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Karen James Karen James ... Miss Buntwell
Stephen Coit ... Timid Man
Elizabeth Camp Elizabeth Camp ... Woman (as Elisabeth Camp)
Derrik Lewis Derrik Lewis ... Smoothie
Hal March Hal March ... Renaldo


Peter wins a free dancing lesson at Renaldo's Dance Au Go Go and is tricked into signing a lifetime contract. When Micky and Mike try to get him out of it, they end up with similar contracts. To get out of this mess, Davy becomes an inside man and gets a job as a dance instructor at Renaldo's. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Did You Know?


Although receiving an on-screen credit as "Timid Man", veteran character actor Stephen Coit actually plays the 8th US President, Martin Van Buren. See more »


Micky: Hello, I'm George Michael Dolenz, Peter Tork's solicitor.
Renaldo: Oh, yes, shows a lot of promise, lot of promise.
Micky: Well, my client is an eccentric playboy, you see, and he has a strange affliction called ballpointitis.
[Renaldo laughs]
Micky: A need to sign long term contracts.
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Crazy Credits

Although Stephen Coit is credited as "Timid Man", he actually plays former US President Martin Van Buren. See more »


References Crime School (1938) See more »


I'll Be Back Up on My Feet
(early version)
Written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell (as Denny Randall)
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by Jeff Barry
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Hal March and Bette Nesmith
21 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Dance, Monkee, Dance" features former standup comic and game show host Hal March in one of his last roles (he died in 1970), heading up Renaldo's Dance Au Go Go, signing up Monkees left and right to iron-clad lifetime contracts, until Davy's fast feet earn him a job as dance instructor; their subsequent mayhem training new customers (one of whom is Bette Nesmith, Michael's mother) makes for a very funny episode. By far the best gag has Micky walking off camera to get 'a brilliant idea,' 'something groovy and hip,' from the show's writers, all of whom are depicted as aged Chinamen! Second straight entry to feature Neil Diamond's "I'm a Believer," but the first to feature "I'll Be Back Up on My Feet" (recorded Oct 28 1966), composed by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, produced by Jeff Barry, unreleased until 1990's MISSING LINKS 2 (though a weaker rerecording from March 9 1968 was issued on the fifth LP, THE BIRDS THE BEES AND THE MONKEES, on Apr 22 1968). This track is matched with one of the series' finest romps, The Monkees dancing their troubles away in suitable attire. Broadcast no. 14 (Dec 12 1966), "Dance, Monkee, Dance" was 18th in production, filmed Oct 11-14.

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12 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Color (as color by Pathé)

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1.33 : 1
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