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dance British & World English

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

dance English Thesaurus

he danced with her at the party

bee dance British & World English

Another term for waggle dance.

dance-off British & World 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 British & World English

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

lap dance British & World English

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

sun dance British & World English

A dance performed by North American Indians in honour of the sun

tap dance British & World English

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

tea dance British & World English

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

war dance British & World 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 British & World English

An informal social gathering for country dancing

belly dance British & World 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 British & World 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 British & World English

A band that plays music suitable for dancing to, especially swing

dance card British & World English

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

dance drama British & World English

A drama in which all the action is expressed by dancing

dance floor British & World English

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

dance hall British & World English

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

devil dance British & World English

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

disco-dance British & World English

Dance to pop music

folk dance British & World English

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

Ghost Dance British & World English

An American Indian religious cult of the second half of the 19th century, based on the performance of a ritual dance, which, it was believed, would drive away white people and restore the traditional lands and way of life

lion dance British & World English

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

rain dance British & World English

A ritual dance to summon rain, as practised by some Pueblo Indians and other peoples

round dance British & World English

A folk dance in which the dancers form one large circle

slam-dance British & World English

Take part in a form of dancing to rock music in which people deliberately collide with one another

snake dance British & World English

A dance in which the performers handle live snakes or imitate the motions of snakes, in particular a ritual dance of the North American Hopi Indians involving the handling of live rattlesnakes

sword dance British & World 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 British & World English

A country dance or folk dance in which dancers form a circle

country dance British & World English

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

dinner dance British & World English

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

gumboot dance British & World English

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

modern dance British & World English

A free expressive style of dancing that developed 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 British & World English

A lively traditional English dance performed out of doors by groups known as ‘sides’. Dancers wear a distinctive costume that is mainly black and white and has small bells attached, and often carry handkerchiefs or sticks

square dance British & World English

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

waggle dance British & World 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 British & World English

A style of ballet deriving inspiration from national or folk dances, or interpreting and representing a particular profession, mode of living, or personality

dance of death British & World English

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

St Vitus's dance British & World English

Old-fashioned term for Sydenham's chorea.

a song and dance British & World English

A fuss or commotion

dance attendance on British & World English

Do one’s utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests


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