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This is the page about the season 7 episode. For other uses, see I Heart (disambiguation).

"I ♥ Dancing" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, Squidward tries to sabotage SpongeBob's dancing audition.



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"Oh-ho, I got music, friend... in my mind!"

The episode starts in one morning, Squidward is walking to work with SpongeBob, who is dancing. Squidward is annoyed by the dancing. When Squidward asks SpongeBob where the music is, he states that it is in his mind and plays some music from his head, the music considered to be from title screens. When they are at work, SpongeBob does dance routines while he is giving people their orders. He happens to be giving an order to a talent scout, and she thinks he has talent, so she gives SpongeBob a card for the dance auditions. Squidward hears this, and he gets envious that SpongeBob was invited and he was not, so he hatches an evil plan to make SpongeBob work so hard, so that he will collapse from exhaustion then he can take SpongeBob's audition. To Squidward's annoyance, SpongeBob seems to dance better than he does. Frustrated, Squidward has SpongeBob perform a series of moves that he cannot perform correctly, and he tells him to keep practicing and not stop no matter what.

SpongeBob continues practicing through the night while Squidward rests, leaving him feeling exhausted the next morning. But Squidward, determined to make SpongeBob collapse, only pushes harder. After many hours of practice and yelling from Squidward, SpongeBob, at the end of his rope, finally performs the moves right. However, Squidward forces him to do it again. SpongeBob attempts the move again, but he is so tired that he finally stops and falls asleep, collapsing to the ground in the process, and cannot wake up in time for the audition.

At the audition, the talent agent disqualifies two twin fish for being "too cute." She then begins calling for SpongeBob, but because he's not there on time, she disqualifies him as well. Squidward then shows up in SpongeBob's place and dances very awfully for the audition lady, who is shocked at how great she sees his dancing. Squidward ends up winning the audition and the prize of the audition; dancing in a production led by his own arch-rival Squilliam Fancyson and Squidward is horrified that his nemesis is in charge of him now. To make things worse, Squilliam clearly plans to overwork him, just as Squidward did to SpongeBob.

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Squilliam, Squidward's nemesis, overworks him with the stuff the latter did to SpongeBob.

At the end of the episode, while an appalled Squidward gets overworked by Squilliam, SpongeBob, having recovered from his exhaustion, watches from the audience with Patrick and popcorn and smugly says, "I was up for that part."


This episode was confirmed on June 26, 2009.[1]



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Old Hilo March - Kapono Beamer [title card]
  Goofy Conversation Continued Thin Mix - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["The coast looks clear."]
  12th St Rag w Bass - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Hi, Squidward!"]
  Music in the Brain - Nicolas Carr [Brain music #1 and #2]
  The Chumbucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Brain music #3/SpongeBob dances]
  Salty Krab Jig - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob dancing while making Krabby Patties]
  Hgliss & Bell - Nicolas Carr ["Really? You like my dancing?"]
  Gorgeous Girl - Kurt Schick [talent agent invites SpongeBob to a dance audition]
  Steel Licks 35 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's right! So I gotta practice as much as I can before tomorrow. Got a dance audition."]
  Comedic Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Steve Marston [Squidward gets an idea]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [transition to next scene]
  Noodly Shinanigans - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward tells SpongeBob to run to the top of Oyster Peak]
  Record Groove Noise w/ Needle Drop - Nicolas Carr [Squidward starts his record]
  The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers - Peter Tchaikovsky [ribbon dancing]
  Steel Licks 47 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward stomping on the ribbon]
  Gala Premiere - Laurie Johnson [Squidward's cane routine]
  Vaudeville Show - Larry Hochman [SpongeBob's cane routine]
  Record Scratches - Nicolas Carr ["Enough!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["Listen, you pea-brain, we are gonna keep working on your routine until you get it right!"]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss II (credited to Johann Strauss I) ["And a-one... and a-two... and... aha!" / "And a-one... and a-two... and...]
  Painful Hits - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob falls]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss II (Credited to Johann Strauss I) ["And a-one... and a-two... and...]
  Painful Hits - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob falls again]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["Right, Squidward, and a-one... and a-two... and...]
  Painful Hits - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob falls once more]
  Hawaiian Link (B) - Richard Myhill [the next morning]
  Steel Licks 40 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward goes to check on SpongeBob's progress]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I [SpongeBob still practicing]
  Steel Licks 18 - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, come on now, after all I've done for you?"]
  The Nutcracker: Russian Dance - Peter Tchaikovsky [montage of Squidward overworking SpongeBob]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["And a-one... and a-two..."]
  Steel Licks 22 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I'm still not convinced."]
  Blue Danube Waltz - Johann Strauss I ["And a-one... and a-two..."]
  Solo Steel 4 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob falls asleep]
  Steel Licks 78 - Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward laughs]
  Bubbly Wubbly Huggly - Nicolas Carr [dance auditions]
  Tympup A - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["You're out."]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr ["SpongeBob?"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [Squidward appears]
  Sylvia: Pizzicati - Leo Delibes [Squidward auditions]
  Starlight Revue - Alan Braden ["Congratulations! You got the gig."]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr [Squidward stammering]
  The Chumbucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward dancing]
  Slap in the Face 2 - Nicolas Carr [sfx as Squilliam slaps Squidward in the face]
  The Chumbucket Rhumba - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending]




  • This episode was originally going to be titled "I Heart a Parade."
  • This episode originally had the packaging number of 128a, but it was eventually changed to 127b.[1]
  • This episode was originally going to premiere on the same date at 7:30 PM.[1]
  • This episode preceded The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash marathon's Top 10 Celebrity Favorites.
  • This is the first episode of the series to have a heart icon used in its title. This would not happen again until "We ♥ Hoops" in season 14, 14 years later.
  • This is the first episode since "Bubblestand" in season 1 to use "Old Hilo March" as the title card music.
    • This was also the last usage of this track in general until "Krusty Kleaners."
  • This is the first episode written by Doug Lawrence since "Procrastination."
  • After falling asleep, SpongeBob is absent for the rest of the episode, except for the final shot.
  • The plot of this episode is similar to that of "Slimy Dancing," as both episodes involve SpongeBob and Squidward dancing, though unlike "Slimy Dancing," Patrick is not a part of the dance.
  • The Krusty Krab pizza reappears after not being seen since "Pizza Delivery" in season 1.
  • Squidward's library reappears after not being seen since "Squid Wood" in season 4.
  • Some of the backgrounds that appear during SpongeBob doing Squidward's dance moves look similar to the title cards for "Culture Shock" and "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One." One of the backgrounds is the same as the title card for "Hall Monitor," but it is pink instead of light blue.
  • TV listings, iTunes,[2] Amazon Prime Video,[3] and Paramount+ digital versions, and DVD releases list this episode as "I Heart Dancing," excluding the heart symbol.
  • Both this episode and its sister have Squidward as the main character.
  • The title card is similar to "What Ever Happened to SpongeBob?," though SpongeBob is not on the title card, and it is a lighter shade of white.
  • This is the first episode of season 7 to feature the Krusty Krab without Mr. Krabs.
  • SpongeBob and Squilliam's line "Who put you on the planet?" and Squidward's line "Enough!" have become popular internet memes.

Cultural references[]

  • The first tune of SpongeBob's brain is a parody of the 1963 song, "Surfin’ Bird".
  • The episode's title is a play on the I NY slogan.
  • Squidward's line "Good night, sweet prince" is a line from the Shakespearean play Hamlet.


  • SpongeBob is seen wearing a Krusty Krab employee hat, but when he pulls out his brain, his hat disappears, but reappears when he is dancing.
I Heart Dancing 009

The Krusty Krab employee hat disappears.

  • During SpongeBob's entire cane routine, he’s wearing a red bowtie, but after Squidward interrupts him, it disappears.
  • When SpongeBob pulled out his brain, his tooth turned yellow for a frame.

Yellow tooth.

  • When Squidward says, "That is the stupidest dance move I've ever seen," his mouth is out of sync with the animation.
  • Soon after SpongeBob's cane dance, Squidward's nose turns transparent for one frame.
  • The neckline on Squidward's leotard keeps changing at the end of the episode.
  • There are at least three of the same portraits of Squidward hung on his wall. The background of those pictures also changes from purple to green a few times.
  • The executive dance mistress states that SpongeBob should go to her studio for the audition, but the audition is actually held at the Recreation Center.
  • When SpongeBob is changing the stations in his brain, he twists his wrist twice, which is physically impossible.