dance Idioms & Phrases


apache dance

  • noun a violent fast dance in French vaudeville (an apache is a member of the French underworld)
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apache devil dance

  • noun a ritual dance of the Apache
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ballroom dance

  • noun any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
    ballroom dance.
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ballroom dancing

  • noun any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom
    ballroom dance.
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barn dance

  • noun a dance party featuring country dancing
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belly dance

  • noun a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
    danse du ventre; belly dance.
  • verb perform a belly dance
    belly dance.
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belly dancing

  • noun a Middle Eastern dance in which the dancer makes sensuous movements of the hips and abdomen
    danse du ventre; belly dance.
  • verb perform a belly dance
    belly dance.
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break dance

  • noun a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
    break dance.
  • verb do a break dance
    break; break dance.
    • Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
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break dancing

  • noun a form of solo dancing that involves rapid acrobatic moves in which different parts of the body touch the ground; normally performed to the rhythm of rap music
    break dance.
  • verb do a break dance
    break; break dance.
    • Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
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break-dance

  • verb do a break dance
    break; break dance.
    • Kids were break-dancing at the street corner
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bubble dance

  • noun a solo dance similar to a fan dance except large balloons are used instead of fans
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ceremonial dance

  • noun a dance that is part of a religious ritual
    ritual dance; ceremonial dance.
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Clog dance

  • noun a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps
    clog dance; clog.
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  • a dance performed by a person wearing clogs, or thick-soled shoes.
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clog dancing

  • noun a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps
    clog dance; clog.
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concert dance

  • noun a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
    ballet.
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corn dance

  • noun a rain dance of Amerindians
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country dancing

  • noun a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
    country dancing; contredanse; contradance; contra danse.
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country-dance

  • noun a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line
    country dancing; contredanse; contradance; contra danse.
  • verb perform a contradance
    contredanse; contra danse; contradance.
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Coun"try-dance` noun

Etymology
Prob. an adaptation of contradance.
Definitions
  1. See Contradance.
    He had introduced the English country-dance to the knowledge of the Dutch ladies. Macualay.
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dance band

  • noun a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
    band; dance band.
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dance floor

  • noun a bare floor polished for dancing
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dance hall

  • noun large room used mainly for dancing
    dance hall; ballroom.
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dance lesson

  • noun a lesson in dancing
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dance master

  • noun a professional teacher of dancing
    dance master.
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dance music

  • noun a genre of popular music composed for ballroom dancing
    ballroom music; danceroom music.
  • noun music to dance to
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Dance of Death

  • noun a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death leads a procession of others to the grave
    danse macabre.
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  • (Art), an allegorical representation of the power of death over all, the old, the young, the high, and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton.
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dance orchestra

  • noun a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
    band; dance band.
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dance palace

  • noun large room used mainly for dancing
    dance hall; ballroom.
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dance school

  • noun a school where students are taught to dance
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dance step

  • noun a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
    step.
    • he taught them the waltz step
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dancing lady orchid

  • noun any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
    butterfly plant; oncidium; butterfly orchid.
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dancing partner

  • noun one of a pair of people who dance together
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dancing school

  • noun a school in which students learn to dance
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dancing-master

  • noun a professional teacher of dancing
    dance master.
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fan dance

  • noun a solo dance in which large fans are manipulated to suggest or reveal nakedness
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folk dance

  • noun a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
    folk dance.
  • verb perform a folk-dance
    folk dance.
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folk dancing

  • noun a style of dancing that originated among ordinary people (not in the royal courts)
    folk dance.
  • verb perform a folk-dance
    folk dance.
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ghost dance

  • noun a religious dance of Native Americans looking for communication with the dead
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gypsy dancing

  • noun a style of dancing characteristic of the Andalusian Gypsies; vigorous and rhythmic with clapping and stamping of feet
    flamenco.
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hawaiian dancing

  • noun a Polynesian rain dance performed by a woman
    hula-hula; hula.
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interpretative dance

  • noun a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
    interpretative dance; interpretive dance; interpretative dancing.
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interpretative dancing

  • noun a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
    interpretative dance; interpretive dance; interpretative dancing.
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interpretive dance

  • noun a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
    interpretative dance; interpretive dance; interpretative dancing.
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interpretive dancing

  • noun a form of modern dance in which the dancer's movements depict an emotion or tell a story
    interpretative dance; interpretive dance; interpretative dancing.
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longways dance

  • noun country dancing performed with couples in two long lines facing each other
    longways.
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modern dance

  • noun a style of theatrical dancing that is not as restricted as classical ballet; movements are expressive of feelings
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Morris dance

  • noun any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
    morris dance.
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  • . See Morris.
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morris dancing

  • noun any of various English folk dances performed by dancers in costume
    morris dance.
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nautch dance

  • noun an intricate traditional dance in India performed by professional dancing girls
    nauch; nautch.
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nude dancing

  • noun erotic dancing with little or no clothing
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rain dance

  • noun a ritual dance intended to bring rain
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ring dance

  • noun a folk dance; dancers form a circle
    ring dance.
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ritual dance

  • noun a dance that is part of a religious ritual
    ritual dance; ceremonial dance.
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ritual dancing

  • noun a dance that is part of a religious ritual
    ritual dance; ceremonial dance.
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Round dance

  • noun a folk dance; dancers form a circle
    ring dance.
  • noun a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
    round dance.
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  • one which is danced by couples with a whirling or revolving motion, as the waltz, polka, etc.
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round dancing

  • noun a ballroom dance characterized by revolving movement
    round dance.
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saint vitus dance

  • noun chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever
    Saint Vitus dance; Sydenham's chorea.
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Saint Vitus's dance

  • (Med.), chorea; so called from the supposed cures wrought on intercession to this saint.
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slam dance

  • noun a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
    slam dance.
  • verb dance the slam dance
    thrash; slam dance; slam; mosh.
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slam dancing

  • noun a form of dancing in which dancers slam into one another; normally performed to punk rock
    slam dance.
  • verb dance the slam dance
    thrash; slam dance; slam; mosh.
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snake dance

  • noun a group advancing in a single-file serpentine path
  • noun a ceremonial dance (as by the Hopi) in which snakes are handled or invoked
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social dancing

  • noun dancing as part of a social occasion
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soft-shoe dancing

  • noun tap dancing wearing shoes that have soft soles
    soft-shoe; soft-shoe shuffle.
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song and dance

  • noun theatrical performance combining singing and dancing
  • noun an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    fairytale; cock-and-bull story; fairy tale; fairy story.
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square dance

  • noun American country dancing in which couples form squares
    square dance.
  • verb dance in formation
    square dance.
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square dancing

  • noun American country dancing in which couples form squares
    square dance.
  • verb dance in formation
    square dance.
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square-dance music

  • noun music performed for square dancing
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st. vitus dance

  • noun chorea occurring chiefly in children and associated with rheumatic fever
    Saint Vitus dance; Sydenham's chorea.
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Stag dance

  • a dance by men only. slang, U.S.
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stage dancing

  • noun a show involving artistic dancing
    choreography.
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step dancing

  • noun dancing in which the steps are more important than gestures or postures
    hoofing.
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sun dance

  • noun a ceremonial dance performed by Amerindians at the summer solstice
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Sword dance

  • noun any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air
    sword dance.
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  • . (a) A dance in which swords are brandished and clashed together by the male dancers. Sir W. Scott. (b) A dance performed over swords laid on the ground, but without touching them.
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sword dancing

  • noun any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air
    sword dance.
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tap dance

  • noun a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
    tap dance.
  • verb perform a tap dance
    tap dance.
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tap dancing

  • noun a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet
    tap dance.
  • verb perform a tap dance
    tap dance.
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To dance attendance

  • to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor.
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To dance on a rope, ∨ To dance on nothing

  • to be hanged.
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To dance the hay

  • to dance in a ring.
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To lead one a dance

  • to cause one to go through a series of movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a dance not understood.
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toe dance

  • noun a dance performed on tiptoe
    toe dance.
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toe dancing

  • noun a dance performed on tiptoe
    toe dance.
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War dance

  • noun a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
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  • a dance among savages preliminary to going to war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike excursion. Schoolcraft.
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