ceremonial dance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ceremonial dance a dance that is part of a religious ritual
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route”

Usage

In literature:

After the ceremony an amount of eating, drinking, and dancing go on that we can hardly imagine.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
With the Indians' religious ceremonials had gone the usual dancing.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman
The Ghost Dance ceremonies were many, and the dance was noisy.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Atter de ceremony wus over dar'd be a feas' an' a dance.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
Each boy is taught the sacrificial ceremony; they all clap, dance, and sing their song of praise.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Good counsel, too, they gave in those miracle plays and ceremonial dances.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Dancing has always been an important feature of the ceremonial worship of most Oriental peoples.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
But the Sudanese have a passion for such ceremonies involving dancing and singing, and will never be restrained by any of these new laws.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
Lafe had been designated master of ceremonies and he stood near the orchestra to call off the square dances.
"The Sheriff of Badger" by George B. Pattullo
They were used in ceremonies, when the men and women danced and somehow were entered and possessed by the gods.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
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In news:

Organizers hope to assemble the largest gathering of people all wearing animal noses – in this case chicken beaks , dancing to "The Chicken Dance," for the opening ceremonies of the second festival of laughter.
Thousands flocked to the 2012 Boilermaker Post Race Party to dance, drink and watch the award ceremony.
Among the most intriguing of the world's sacred dances are those of the Whirling Dervishes , who spin around themselves and each other in a religious ceremony that dates to the 13th century.
The ceremony ended with each couple slow-dancing to "At Last," made famous by Etta James.
When the United States welcomes a new foreign ambassador, the credentialing ceremony is an occasion for pomp and formality—a precise diplomatic dance steeped in centuries of tradition and timed to the minute.
Tourists who witnessed ceremonies where adult males represented kachinas in song and dance wanted souvenirs.
MEXICO CITY (AP) †Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
MEXICO CITY — Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
MEXICO CITY—Mayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
M ayan priests started off ceremonies aimed at marking the end of the current era in the Mayan long-count calendar Thursday, with dancing, incense and rituals designed to thank the gods.
The day is filled with music, dance, horse drawn wagons and ends with the Grand Lighting Ceremony and fireworks.
Disney cast members portraying characters from the film and Broadway stage musical "Newsies" dance with Mickey Mouse during the opening ceremonies for Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.
A Nepalese transgender performer dances during the opening ceremony of.
Visitors of all faiths are invited to join in a day of ceremonies, dances, workshops, entertainment, kids activities and more from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday at Young Park.
'The Artist' team dances backstage at the ceremony.
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