This was the first Stones song Ron Wood got a writing credit on. He said of the song: '"Dance Pt. 1' was one strong riff where Mick immediately took the bait, literally got up and danced to it, which was the whole idea of the track: it's a catchy riff. That was an example of a song that originated without words, just a groove with various changes, but never a chorus. We did have various alternative mixes going at the time, but I can't really tell the difference between Part I or Part II or Part III. It was just a novelty, the Pt. 1 bit."
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
Like "Miss You," this song has a Disco sound which wasn't typical of The Rolling Stones.
A similar version with different lyrics called "If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2)" was released in 1981 on The Rolling Stones Sucking In The Seventies compilation.
Michael Shrieve, formerly of Santana, played percussion; the Jamaican reggae artist Max Romeo sang background.