Definition of tap dance in English:

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tap dance

Pronunciation: /ˈtap ˌdans/


A dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.
Example sentences
  • As part of the program's commitment to a broad range of styles, the children were taught a tap dance to perform at one of the concerts.
  • Tap is another excellent way to build enthusiasm for dance; many boys know Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly and relate tap dance to their success.
  • Meanwhile, he performed an impromptu tap dance which drew great applause and hoots of appreciation from the audience.


[no object] (tap-dance)
Perform a tap dance.
Example sentences
  • In another set, a solo performer clapped and tap-danced in the spotlight, first casually, then faster and faster, until his hands and legs were a blur of motion.
  • In the middle, dressed in top hat and tails, are the dancers, who would tap-dance to a medley of Fred Astaire classics.
  • By tossing in too many forward-moving leaps and high kicks, you risk forcing her nimble feet to tap-dance even farther backward.


tap dancer

Pronunciation: /ˈtap ˌdansər/
Example sentences
  • I've never seen that kind of superstar response given to a tap dancer.
  • I'm a tap dancer and I was on a drill team for seven years.
  • If a tap dancer knocks your socks off and sounds like a combination of Fred Astaire and Bojangles, would you say he is anything more than a great tap dancer?

tap dancing

Example sentences
  • His tap-dancing is poor, his singing mediocre, and his hairdressing skills are not well developed at all, so what else could he do to make a living, I ask?
  • But what really took me by surprise was the constant clickety-clackety sound of tap-dancing.
  • He is a high energy personality giving his all to tap-dancing and bringing tap-dancing back to the people, to the street, to the kids.

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Syllabification: tap dance

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