Beyoncé penned this song with the hitmaking duo of Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart. It finds the singer proclaiming her love for her man and saying that to show her gratitude she will dance for him. Said Beyoncé regarding the song's concept: "'Dance for You' is about giving yourself fully to one person, it's about being able to lose control with the person you're meant for. Both the melody and the lyrics make it one of my most intimate songs."
Beyoncé's former group, Destiny's Child, had a single with a similar theme - "Cater 2 U."
The song's black and white film noir-inspired video finds Beyoncé channeling movie star Marlene Dietrich. The visual was co-directed by the singer and Alan Ferguson, who was dating her sister Solange. Said Beyoncé in the behind-the-scenes film: "I wanted the video to have the same rawness that both the melody and the lyrics of the song have because 'Dance for You' is one of my most intimate songs. I wanted the video to have a classic feel; to be seductive but still keep the sense of mystery. When I write, when I perform, and when I make music videos, I don't hold anything back. 'Dance for You' is about that same passion; to be free and unrestrained."