To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically
To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about
to dance to someone's tune: see tune to make a song and dance about: see song and dance. Form of expression that uses bodily movements that are rhythmic, patterned (or sometimes improvised), and usually accompanied by music. One of the oldest art forms, dance is found in every culture and is performed for purposes ranging from the ceremonial, liturgical, and magical to the theatrical, social, and simply aesthetic. In Europe, tribal dances often evolved into folk dances, which became stylized in the social dances of the 16th-century European courts. Ballet developed from the court dances and became refined by innovations in choreography and technique. In the 20th century, modern dance introduced a new mode of expressive movement. See also allemande; ballroom dance; country dance; courante; gavotte; gigue; hula; jitterbug; ländler; mazurka; merengue; minuet; morris dance; pavane; polka; polonaise; quadrille; samba; sarabande; square dance; sword dance; tango; tap dance; waltz. ballroom dance country dance dance notation dance of death skeleton dance folk dance Ghost Dance modern dance Morris dance rain dance square dance sun dance swing dance sword dance tap dance ice dancing
If you dance a particular kind of dance, you do it or perform it. Then we put the music on, and we all danced the Charleston
When you dance with someone, the two of you take part in a dance together, as partners. You can also say that two people dance. It's a terrible thing when nobody wants to dance with you Shall we dance? He asked her to dance. Dance is also a noun. Come and have a dance with me
To toss an unplayable roll; in particular, to fail to reenter after having been hit
If you say that something dances, you mean that it moves about, or seems to move about, lightly and quickly. Light danced on the surface of the water
skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"
in the Cycle of Dance the muse Terpsichore granted experience points in the gaming system of TSR Second Edition Dungeons and Dragons and ICE RoleMaster this unprecedented duality is one of the mysteries for characters to explore within the game theoretically all us sentient dragons are dancing up stories in a cave somewhere, and our powerful dances generate our characters to live out the dance-stories as their reality
A dance is a particular series of graceful movements of your body and feet, which you usually do in time to music. Sometimes the people doing this dance hold brightly colored scarves She describes the tango as a very sexy dance
an artistic form of nonverbal communication a party for social dancing a party of people assembled for dancing move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy
an imaginary dance which people are supposed to perform as they are being led to their death by a skeleton (=a body consisting only of bones) representing death. It was very common in pictures and drawings in the Middle Ages, but there are also descriptions of it in music and literature. or danse macabre or skeleton dance Medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing power of death, expressed in the drama, poetry, music, and visual arts of western Europe, mainly in the late Middle Ages. It is a literary or pictorial representation of a procession or dance of both living and dead figures, the living arranged in order of their rank, from pope and emperor to child, clerk, and hermit, and the dead leading them to the grave. It was given impetus by the Black Death and the Hundred Years' War. Though depictions declined after the 16th century, the theme was revived in literature and music of the 19th-20th centuries
(aka: "green" or, "putting green" or, "putting surface") The putting surface/green The surface into which the cup is cut on each hole Example: Wow, that's gonna be a tough putt, but at least you're on the dance floor
(also "green, putting green, putting surface, dancing, aboard") 1 the putting surface 2 on the putting surface, though perhaps not as close as you'd like Example: Wow, that will be a tough putt, but at least you're on the dance floor/dancing
Written recording of dance movements. The earliest notation, in the late 15th century, consisted of letter-symbols. Several attempts were made in later centuries to describe dance steps, but no unified system combined both rhythm and steps until the 1920s, when Rudolf Laban devised his system of Labanotation. In the 1950s, the competing system of Benesh notation, or "choreology," devised by Rudolf and Joan Benesh, came into use
disapproval If you say that someone is making a song and dance about something, you mean they are making an unnecessary fuss about it. He used his money to help others -- but he never made a song and dance about it. = fuss
A morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pies laid across each other on the floor
Pole dancing is a form of dancing/gymnastics that takes muscular endurance and coordination as well as sensuality. It involves dancing sensually with a vertical pole and is often used in strip clubs and gentlemen's clubs, although more recently artistic pole dancing (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment. In a strip club setting, pole dancing is often performed less gymnastically and combined with striptease, and/or lap dancing between performers. The dancer(s) may simply hold the pole, or use it to perform more athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop
Ritual folk dance mainly danced in rural England from about the 15th century. The name, a variant of "Moorish," possibly arose in reference to the dancers' blacking their faces as part of the ritual disguise. It is principally a fertility dance, performed especially in the spring. Danced by groups of men often dressed in white and wearing bells on their legs, the steps are varied and intricate and are maintained in a jog-trot while handkerchiefs are waved in both hands. It calls for individual characters such as a hobbyhorse and a fool
Any of various social dances, such as the fox trot, tango, or waltz, in which couples follow a conventional pattern of steps.ballroom dancing n. European and American social dancing performed by couples. It includes standard dances such as the fox-trot, waltz, polka, tango, Charleston, jitterbug, and merengue. Ballroom dance was popularized by Vernon and Irene Castle and Fred Astaire and, later, by Arthur Murray (1895-1991), who established ballroom dance studios throughout the U.S. Ballroom dance contests, especially popular in Europe, feature both amateur and professional dancers
or contredanse Type of social dance for couples, popular in the 17th century. Derived from English folk dance, the country dance is performed in one of three forms: circular or round; "longways," with rows of couples facing each other; and geometric, in squares or triangles. The main source of country-dance steps and songs is John Playford's The English Dancing Master (1650). The dance was the basis for the 19th-century quadrille. It was taken by colonists to North America as the Virginia reel and, in modified form, as the square dance. There was a modest revival in the 20th century
When people dance for enjoyment or to entertain others, you can refer to this activity as dancing. All the schools have music and dancing as part of the curriculum Let's go dancing tonight. dancing shoes
a traditional dance from a particular area, or a piece of music for this dance dancer. Dance that has developed without a choreographer and that reflects the traditional life of the common people of a country or region. The term was coined in the 18th century and is sometimes used to distinguish between dances of the people and those of the aristocracy. Courtly and formal dances of the 16th-20th centuries often developed from folk dances; these include the gavotte, gigue, mazurka, minuet, polka, samba, tango, and waltz. See also country dance; hula; morris dance; square dance; sword dance; tap dance
Either of two group dances associated with a messianic religious movement among Native American peoples of the Southwest and Great Plains in the late 19th century. Ghost dance prophets foretold the imminent disappearance of whites, the restoration of traditional lands and ways of life, and the resurrection of dead ancestors. Nineteenth-century Native American cult. It represented an attempt by Indian peoples in the western U.S. to rehabilitate their traditional cultures. The Ghost Dance arose in 1889, when the Paiute prophet-dreamer Wovoka announced the imminent return of the dead (hence "ghost"), the ousting of the whites, and the restoration of Indian lands, food supplies, and way of life, all of which would be hastened by dances and songs revealed in Wovoka's spiritual visions. The Ghost Dance spread rapidly. It coincided with the Sioux outbreak of 1890, which culminated in the massacre at Wounded Knee, where the "ghost shirts" failed to protect the wearers as promised by Wovoka. The cult soon became obsolete
[ 'dan(t)s, 'd[a']n(t)s ] (verb.) 14th century. Middle English daunsen, from Anglo-Norman dancer, dauncer 'to dance' (compare Old French dancier), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *dansōn 'to draw, pull, gesture' (compare Old High German dansōn 'to draw, pull'), from *dinsan (compare Old Dutch þinsan 'to move, tear', Old High German dinsan 'to draw out', Gothic þinsan 'to drag, draw, pull'), from Proto-Germanic *þansōnan 'to stretch out', from Proto-Germanic *þinsanan 'to stretch', from Proto-Indo-European *ten-s, *tenw(ə)- 'to pull'. See thin.
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