The Dance is the 6th episode of Season 2 on WB teen drama Dawson's Creek.


SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME – Joey's (Katie Holmes) secret hangs heavy between her and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) as they reluctantly attend the Homecoming Dance along with Pacey (Joshua Jackson), Andie (Meredith Monroe), Jack (Kerr Smith) and Jen (Michelle Williams), yet the dream of a perfect night ends in utter shambles. Back at the Leery home, Dawson is devastated when Mitch (John Wesley Shipp) and Gale (Mary-Margaret Humes) take the painful step of a trial separation.


James Van Der Beek as Dawson Leery
Katie Holmes as Joey Potter
Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley
Joshua Jackson as Pacey Witter
Mary-Margaret Humes as Gail Leery
John Wesley Shipp as Mitch Leery
Nina Repeta as Bessie Potter

Special Guest Stars

Meredith Monroe as Andie McPhee
Kerr Smith as Jack McPhee
Monica Keena as Abby Morgan

Guest starring

Ali Larter as Kristy Livingstone


  • Dawson punches Jack when he finds out Jack kissed Joey
  • Joey breaks up with Dawson
  • Andie full on confesses her feelings for Pacey and they share their first kiss
  • Jen and Jack find common ground over their feelings for Dawson and Joey, respectively.
  • Last appearance of Ali Larter as Kristy.


footloose | KENNY LOGGINS
Andie, Pacey, Dawson and Joey hang out
Joey tells Bessie about the kiss
she's so high | TAL BACHMAN
Dawson and Joey dance
sell out | REEL BIG FISH
Everyone dancing
did you ever love somebody? | JESSICA SIMPSON
Jack & Jen dance/later Pacey & Andie dance at the docks
special | GARBAGE
Andie tries to get Pacey to dance
take me home | DONNA LEWIS
Joey and Jack dance
less of me | GRAMMATRAIN
Dawson confronts Jack
if you sleep | TAL BACHMAN
Pacey and Kristy dance
cinnamon waits | NOWHERE BLOSSOMS
Andie sees Pacey with Christie
man on a mast | WINE FIELD
Mitch drives up to the house