Batusi, The - Arthur Murray, owner of The Arthur
Murray Dance Studios, invented the "Batusi" dance for the fantasy adventure
The Batusi was first performed at a posh cocktail party held
at Harlow's an "In" discotheque in New York City. The Batusi became a national
craze after being introduced by Batman (Adam West) and Molly (Jill St. John) on
the premiere episode of BATMAN. "You swing a pretty mean cape" complimented
Molly, henchwoman of the Riddler. "It's nothing," replied Batman.
musical theme by Neal Hefti also soared to the top of the charts within weeks.
TRIVIA NOTE: In the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction (1995), a dance scene between
actors John Travolta and Uma Thurman resurrected the Batusi dance steps
(especially the dance's trademark moving of the index and middle finger-spread
open in a "V" shape-across the face as to make a mask over the eyes).
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