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  1. dance
  2. verb


    • 1. a series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music:

      everyone was taking part in the dance
    • 2. an act of dancing:

      they rolled back the carpet and had a dance
    • 3. a particular sequence of steps and movements constituting a particular form of dancing:

      dances include the waltz, the quickstep, and the foxtrot
    • 4. dance steps and movements considered as an activity or art form:

      she has studied dance with Martha Graham
    • 5. a social gathering at which people dance:

      she met her husband at a dance
    • 6. a set of lively movements resembling a dance:

      he gesticulated comically and did a little dance
    • 7. a piece of music for dancing to:

      the last dance had been played
    • 8. a type of popular music intended for dancing to in clubs, typically having a repetitive beat and a synthesized backing track that features sound samples.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: dance, 3rd person present: dances, gerund or present participle: dancing, past tense: danced, past participle: danced

    • verb

      move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps:

      perform (a particular dance or a role in a ballet):

    • noun

      a series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music:

      an act of dancing:

    • noun

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

      a North American country tap dance performed in clogs with rhythmic beating of the feet.

    • noun

      a formal social dance for couples:

      the activity of formal social dancing in couples:

    • noun

      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.
    • verb

      perform a snake dance:
    • noun

      a social gathering at which people dance in the street:

      a style of dancing to hip-hop and other popular music originating among amateur dancers in cities:

    • noun

      a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.
    • verb

      perform a tap dance:
    • noun

      a country and western dance in which dancers line up in a row without partners and follow a choreographed pattern of steps to music:
    • verb

      perform a line dance:
    • noun

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

      participate in a square dance:
    • noun

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

      an uptempo style of dance music originating in Jamaica and derived from reggae, in which a DJ improvises lyrics over a recorded instrumental backing track or to the accompaniment of live musicians.

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