In Erfworld, Dance-Fighting is a Natural Ability used in combat to add a significant bonus to a Unit or a Stack. Often, the Units dance-fighting will adopt a style of dress, but this is not necessary to receive the bonus.
Knights In Stanley's Service - The Knights in Stanley's Service, populated by elite Hobgobwins, are led by Lord Stanley The Tool himself. They adopt black leather 'armor' and warpaint, wield axes, and generally have a Heavy Metal Appearance.Erf-b1-p076
Wanda Firebaugh - This dance-fight was planned by 'Lord Hamster' after learning that the Royal Crown Coalition had no dance-fight leaders (that he knew ofErf-b1-p128), and that a Master-Class Croakamancer could achieve a 'dance-fight' bonus using Uncroaked. Wanda led an army of several thousand Uncroaked in a rather thrilling push against Ansom's forcesErf-b1-p127 Erf-b1-p129
Real World References
Jillian dresses like Sandy from the musical Grease and when talking to AnsomErf-b1-p93 quotes "You're the one that I want" (a song sung by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the film version). The original plan for Transylvito and Charlescomm to ambush and kill Stanley, as described by Vinny to Don KingErf-b1-p111, likewise shows the dance-fighting styled after Grease (rather than the Transylvito-only West Side Story dance that actually takes placeErf-b1-p123).
Lord Stanley's dance-fight style is inspired by the American Rock Band, Kiss. The 'Knights In Stanley's Service' (K.I.S.S.) are based on a) the Kiss Army, Kiss's massive fan-club, and b) an accusation that the band name KISS once stood for 'Knights in Satan's Service'. Stanley wears the face-paint of Kiss band-member Paul 'The Starchild' Stanley, as their names draw an obvious parallel. Stanley also quotes two Kiss songs as rallying cries against the Transylvito forcesErf-b1-p123: "Stand up! You don't have to be afraid!" with his Knights answering "I love it... Loud!" from the 1982 I Love It Loud; and "Your lightning's all I need" from the 1977 Shock Me. The quotations seem directed to the Arkenhammer itself, referring to its powers of thunder, lightning, and electric guitar.
The exact mechanics of dance-fighting have yet to be explained in the comic.
The units that are to receive the dance-fight bonus must act 'in-time' with one another. To initiate a Dance-Fight bonus, the 'dancers' must have a leader. Once the dance-fight has commenced, all of the units in the stack appear to gain significant combat prowess against non-dance-fighting units.
Dance-Fighting is a way of applying the bonuses of a warlord or caster beyond the typical 8 units per stack limit.
Dance-Fighting carries the risk of another leader dancing back in challenge. The bonus for dancing in challenge depends on the bonus the original dancer is using. This makes dance-fighting a high risk-reward tactic if any of this becomes canon.