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dance US English

Move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps

dance US Thesaurus

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bee dance US English

A series of movements performed in the hive by worker honeybees to inform the colony of the direction and distance to a food source

dance-off US English

A competition, or a round in a competition, in which a number of dancers compete against each other until a winner is declared

fan dance US English

A dance in which the female performer is apparently nude and remains partly concealed throughout by large fans

lap dance US English

An erotic dance or striptease performed close to, or sitting on the lap of, a paying customer

sun dance US English

A dance performed by North American Plains Indians in honor of the sun and to prove bravery by overcoming pain

tap dance US English

A dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels

tea dance US English

An afternoon tea with dancing, originating in 19th-century society

war dance US English

A ceremonial dance performed before a battle or to celebrate victory

tap dance New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

barn dance US English

An informal social gathering for square dancing, originally held in a barn

belly dance US English

A dance originating in the Middle East, typically performed by a woman and involving undulating movements of the belly and rapid gyration of the hips

clog dance US English

A dance performed in clogs with rhythmic beating of the feet, especially as a traditional dance in Ireland, Scotland, and the north of England

dance band US English

A band that plays music suitable for dancing, especially swing

dance card US English

A card bearing the names of a woman’s prospective partners at a formal dance

dance drama US English

A drama in which all the action is expressed by dancing

dance floor US English

An area of floor in a nightclub, disco, or restaurant that is reserved for dancing

dance hall US English

A large public hall or building where people pay to enter and dance

devil dance US English

A dance performed as part of Buddhist ritual in Sri Lanka and Tibet, for the invocation, propitiation, or exorcism of spirits

disco-dance US English

Dance to pop music

folk dance US English

A popular dance, considered as part of the tradition or custom of a particular people

Ghost Dance US English

An American Indian religious cult of the second half of the 19th century, based on the performance of a ritual dance that, it was believed, would drive away white people and restore the traditional lands and way of life. Advocated by the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, the cult was central to the uprising that was crushed at the Battle of Wounded Knee

lion dance US English

A traditional Chinese dance in which the dancers are masked and costumed to resemble lions

rain dance US English

A ritual done to summon rain, as practiced by some Pueblo Indian and other peoples

round dance US English

A folk dance in which the dancers form one large circle

snake dance US English

A dance in which the performers handle live snakes, imitate the motions of snakes, or form a line that moves in a zigzag fashion, in particular a ritual dance of the Hopi Indians involving the handling of live rattlesnakes

sword dance US English

A dance in which the performers brandish swords or step around swords laid on the ground, originally as a tribal preparation for war or as a victory celebration

circle dance US English

A country dance or folk dance, typically following a traditional set of steps, in which dancers form a circle

country dance US English

A traditional type of social English dance, in particular one performed by couples facing each other in long lines

dinner dance US English

A formal social event in which guests have dinner, followed by dancing

gumboot dance US English

(In South Africa) a dance developed and performed by mineworkers, mimicking military marching

modern dance US English

A free, expressive style of dancing started in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film

morris dance US English

A lively traditional English dance performed outdoors by groups known as “sides.” Dancers wear distinctive costumes that are mainly black and white and have small bells attached, and often carry handkerchiefs or sticks

square dance US English

A country dance that starts with four couples facing one another in a square, with the steps and movements shouted out by a caller

waggle dance US English

A waggling movement performed by a honeybee at the hive or nest, to indicate to other bees the direction and distance of a source of food

character dance US English

A style of ballet deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living, or personality. The movements used tend to be less stylized than in classical ballet, allowing greater individual expression and diversity

dance of death US English

A medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, designed to emphasize the equality of all before death

St. Vitus's dance US English

Old-fashioned term for Sydenham's chorea.

a song and dance US English

A long explanation that is pointless or deliberately evasive

dance attendance on US English

Do one’s utmost to please someone by attending to all possible needs or requests

lead someone a dance US English

Cause someone a great deal of trouble or worry


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