|The subject of this article was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.0.4.
Stance dancing was the art of changing warrior stances briefly to use abilities from different stances. Because not all abilities were available in all stances, there were many situations where even tanking warriors were required to change stances.
Patch 5.0.4 removed stance restrictions on warrior abilities, making stance dancing obsolete.
To see a protection warrior to do this is now rarely (if ever) observed since because of a warrior talent review in the past, there are very few abilities that generate much threat require another stance. It may be more common to see an Arms warrior do so, as they may be most likely to stay in , but switch to in order to use .
As always in the past, typically warrior tanks would stay in as much as possible. That stance generates the most threat and affords the most protection. However, in many boss fights, warriors were almost required to change to Berserker Stance at least briefly to activate (which no longer requires a specific stance) in order to avoid fear or to generate enough rage to stay on top of the threat list.
Tips and Tactics
Rage generation is a key concern of a Tank spec warrior. tanks do not generate significant amounts of rage. Ideally a Tank wishes to use , or , , and as quickly as possible to generate significant threat and debuff enemy melee damage. This requires 46-55 rage depending on talent distribution and is difficult to generate cold using a one hand weapon. Using a stance dance a Tank Spec sword and board Warrior can easily generate the required rage. The typical rage generating stance dance sequence was , , , , , , , , ,and then /. Macros can be employed to complete this sequence in under 5 seconds. For best results, a Stance Set addon would be used to automatically equip a slow two-handed weapon when in and then automatically equip a sword and board when you switch to .