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"I don't know what's going on here...but I think I like it."
Carly in her dream.

iDream of Dance is the third episode of the first season of iCarly.


Carly, Freddie, and Sam watching the dance videos

The iCarly gang becomes interested in dancing after Mrs. Briggs invites a scottish highland dancer to class. As a contest on iCarly, they decide to announce a dance contest where fans could send them videos of them doing their best, worst, craziest, or stupidest dance moves and if they're good/bad/crazy/stupid enough, they'll show them on iCarly to the world. When they get over 3,000 videos and wonder how they’ll watch that much before the next show, they decide to watch 500 a night. The iCarly gang tries watching the dance clips, but soon ends up falling asleep and having dance-related dreams.

They all have separate dreams but, before that, they have a dream that they all share. The dream is where Carly, Sam, and Freddie walk into school, tired from watching the 500 clips, and they all admit that they don't even remember getting up that morning. Then, the school lights dim, and every student in the school, except for the trio, start dancing, leaving the group to wonder what's going on.

Sam's Dream

Sam's Dream: Highland

Sam's is first, which begins with her and some her classmates in detention. Miss Briggs plays her bagpipes, and the detention kids magically change clothes and they dance, with Sam unable to control her dancing and constantly questioning what is going on. When the song is over, Gibby comes into the room in his boxers and says, "Am I late for the test?" to which Sam replies, "Get outta here Gibby, this is my nightmare!".

Freddie's Dream

Freddie's Dream: Cute Boy

Freddie's is second, which shows a boy named Zeke that Carly dislikes. Freddie then decides to perform a dance battle with him. He beats him at dancing and dreams that Carly becomes his girlfriend.

Carly's Dream: Fancy

Carly's dream

Carly's is third, as Zeke once again appears with his friends in suits appearing in random places in Carly's apartment. Carly and the boys perform a dance, then Spencer wakes the trio up.

Spencer's Dream: Fancy (Reprise)

Spencer's Dream

Spencer finds his equipment, and is ready to do The Firecracker, but everyone has wanted to leave. Spencer is disappointed then falls asleep. His dream is exactly the same as Carly's, with the fancy dance, only Spencer is in Carly's dress, which doesn't seem to bother him much.

Guest Stars


  • The dance scenes were choreographed by Lane Napper, who also played Ernie in iWas a Pageant Girl. Napper has choreographed many dance scenes for Dan Schneider, including the dance scenes from the opening theme of the reboot of All That, and the complicated dances performed on Victorious.
    • Coincidentally, Napper also appeared on Victorious as Lane Alexander.
  • In the gang's dream where they enter the school to see dancing students, you can see some teachers dancing at the start. Lane Napper, the actor that portrays Lane Alexander in Victorious is one of those teachers.
  • While most episodes of iCarly have debuted on Saturdays, a few on Fridays and Mondays, and two on Wednesday, this is the only episode to premiere on a Sunday, along with dance themed episodes of Drake and Josh, Zoey 101, Just Jordan and Unfabulous.

    Production Still

  • In the dance clip shown right before the trio is shown asleep on the couch, the music in the background is also used in iNevel.
  • The clip of Carly moving her shoulders in "Fancy" was used throughout the first season theme song.
  • In Sam's nightmare, she said she wasn't flexible after pulling her leg up to her head. Yet in IGo to Japan, she hoisted her leg up to her head again to remove dead skin from her foot.
    • She may have become more flexible by the time of iGo to Japan.
  • Eric Nelsen, who played Zeke in this episode, starred in "13", a Goodspeed and Broadway musical that happened to star Victorious stars Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande.
  • Spencer's Dance "The Firecracker" can be seen on iCarly.com.
  • This is the only iCarly episode to air on the same day as a Drake & Josh episode, specifically the episode, Dance Contest, the series finale of Drake & Josh.
  • Even though this is the third episode of iCarly, the production code is 113, meaning this was the thirteenth episode produced.


  • In Freddie's dream, his dancing is a parody of Michael Jackson's hit single, "Beat It."

Character Revelations

To be added


  • When Carly, Sam and Freddie sit down to start watching the dance clips on Carly's TV, there is a camera shot of the TV that shows some sort of ornament on top of the TV set. However in subsequent shots of Carly, Sam and Freddie there is a pile of books on the TV.
  • Freddie said that over 3,000 dance videos came in and that they would have to watch 500 videos a day before their next webcast. However, 500 times six is exactly 3,000, so they would have to watch more than 500 a night because he said that more than 3,000 videos came in.
  • The dent marks on Gibby's locker change between shots.
  • Sam said Carly put a lemon in her glass, you can clearly tell it's an orange.
  • After Spencer throws the moldy sandwich back in the drawer, the sandwich can be seen on the floor in subsequent shots.

Running Gags

To be added

Series Continuity

  • This is the first episode that Gibby appeared in.
  • Freddie had to get a new backpack after Sam dumps her breakfast in it. His new backpack is his current backpack in both Season 2 & 3. Yet, in the next few episodes, he is still using his old backpack. However, Dan Schneider has stated that episodes of iCarly are not always shown in the order they were produced, causing some continuity errors (iDream of Dance is episode 14 in production order). He could've also gotten a backpack identical to the old one.


Ms. Briggs: Today, we have a very special treat.
Gibby: [raising his hand] Spelling bee?
Ms. Briggs: Quiet, Gibby!

Ms. Briggs: Prepare to be stimulated by a true performer.
Gibby: [raising his hand] Ryan Seacrest?
Ms. Briggs: Gibby!

Freddie: Well, I had to go buy a new backpack ... cause someone dumped her breakfast in mine!
Sam: You're lucky I didn't dump it down your pants.

Sam: [to Freddie] Carly puts a nice slice of lemon on my glass. How does she think of that?
Freddie: Because Carly's classy.
Sam: Oh, and I'm not classy?
Freddie: Classy people don't clean out their ears with their cellphone antenna!
Sam: That was your cellphone antenna.
Freddie: What! [digs through his pocket and fishes out his phone; groans] Oh! No wonder I've been dropping calls!

Sam: [on the webshow] Dirkenshnoff!
Carly: Dirkenshnoff?
Sam: It's foreign for good evening!
Carly: In what language?
Sam: Foreignese!
Carly: I don't believe you. But since I have no proof ...
Sam and Carly: Dirkenshnoff!

Freddie: [About a guy Carly and Sam say is hot] Oh, come on ... He's a total nub!
Carly: If he's a nub, then someday I wanna be Mrs. Carly Nub.

Gibby: [Runs into classroom in only his boxers, holding a pencil and a notebook] Am I too late for the test?
Sam: Get outta here, Gibby! This is my nightmare!
Gibby: [is confused, then runs out of the classroom]

Carly: Oh, juiceboy's got a friend!

Carly/Spencer: [of the multiple boys in the apartment Carly/Spencer will end up dancing with in a dream] I don't know what's going on here ... but I think I like it.

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Season One
iPilotiWant More ViewersiDream of DanceiLike JakeiWanna Stay With SpenceriNeveliScream On HalloweeniSpy a Mean TeacheriWill Date FreddieiWant a World RecordiRue The DayiPromise Not to TelliAm Your Biggest FaniHeart ArtiHate Sam's BoyfriendiHatch ChicksiDon't Want to FightiPromote TechfootsiGot DetentioniStakeoutiMight Switch SchoolsiFenceiCarly Saves TViWin a DateiHave a Lovesick Teacher
Season Two
iSaw Him FirstiStage An InterventioniOwe YouiHurt LewbertiGo To JapaniPieiChristmasiKissiGive Away a CariRocked the VoteiMeet FrediLook AlikeiWant My Website BackiMake Sam GirlieriGo NucleariDate A Bad BoyiReunite With MissyiTake on DingoiMust Have Locker 239iTwinsiFight Shelby Marx
Season Three
iThink They KissediCookiSpeed DateiCarly AwardsiHave My PrincipalsiFind Lewbert's Lost LoveiMove OutiQuit iCarlyiSaved Your LifeiWas A Pageant GirliEnrage GibbyiSpace OutiFix a Pop StariBloopiWon't Cancel The ShowiBelieve In BigfootiPsychoiBeat the Heat
Season Four
iGot A Hot RoomiSam's MomiGet PrankyiSell Penny-TeesiDoiStart a FanwariHire An IdiotiPity The NeveliOMGiParty with VictoriousiLost My MindiDate Sam & FreddieiCan't Take ItiLove YouiQiBloop 2 - Electric BloopalooiStill PsychoiBallsiMeet The First LadyiToe Fat Cakes
Season Five
iApril FoolsiGo One DirectioniOpen A RestaurantiHalfoweeniPear StoreiBattle ChipiShock AmericaiGet BannediFind Spencer FriendsiRescue CarlyiLost My Head in VegasiBust a ThiefiGoodbye
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